Last year we met Himmat Singh. An R&AW officer who doesn't follow a rulebook or a protocol but only knows how to get his work done, to keep the country safe. On the rim of retirement, he solves a case that didn't let him sleep for almost two decades. Now as we move forward, actually backward because 1.5 takes us back to the time when Himmat Singh wasn't the Himmat Singh we know today and what made him the most deadly R&AW agent. Himmat has hidden a secret from us all this while. Read on I will tell you!
Neeraj Pandey with espionage thrillers and suspense dramas has created a niche for himself. With Special Ops, the filmmaker comes close to the territory duo Raj & DK have also claimed as theirs with Manoj Bajpayee led The Family Man, but he also successfully manages to add the correct amount of masala that gives it a completely different look.
The acting performances in Special Ops are as unpredictable as the storyline. I don't know if it is Neeraj Pandey's brief to his stars to sport the most mysterious eyes throughout the show. Take Vinay Pathak for instance, look at his face, you cannot make out if this man is actually telling the truth, or is playing yet another trick by joining hands with Himmat.
The decision to make it just a 4 episodic season. Maybe a lengthier approach could have worked. Things start speeding up a bit too faster by the end of episode 3. The rush makes it look like the team is more interested in making you see the end rather than the journey.
Neeraj Pandey is a well-aware creator and knows the formula to grab the audience. With Special Ops 1.5 he proves the show he created was a one-trick pony, but a well-layered universe that has the capability to branch out into several storylines. Kay Kay Menon adds panache to Pandey's source material and makes it gold.