Fear, wonder and sorrow: 10 things we experienced while watching ‘Suzhal – The Vortex’

With plenty of twists and turns that keep us hooked until the very end, Suzhal is just the kind of layered thriller we’ve been waiting for.

Suzhal -The VortexAmazon Prime Video’s new web series is a hit with viewers. Ever since the series began streaming on the Over-the-Top platform on June 17, social media has been buzzing about how exciting and engaging it is. Created by Pushkar-Gayathri and directed by Anucharan and Bramma, the eight-episode series revolves around the disappearance of Nila, a 15-year-old girl in the fictional industrial town of Sambalur. That same night, the factory that provides the livelihood of many in the city goes up in flames. In addition, Nila is the youngest daughter of union leader Shanmugham, and his eldest daughter, Nandini, is involved in the investigation.

The mystery unfolds during a local festival and police officers Regina Thomas and Sakkarai must dig deep to find out what really happened.

With many twists and turns that keep us hooked till the end, Suzhal – The Vortex is exactly the kind of layered thriller we’ve been waiting for. The beautiful renditions of the lead actor consisting of Aishwarya Rajesh, Kathir, Sriya Reddy and R Parthiban keep us all the more engaged. Here are 10 reactions we had while watching Suzhal – The Vortex

1. Curiosity: Is the factory fire related to Nila’s disappearance? Did Shanmugham have anything to do with it? Did Nila voluntarily leave her home or was she kidnapped? There are some obvious answers dangling in the air, but Suzhal – The Vortex doesn’t take the beaten track and leave us guessing all the way.

2. Confusion: Suzhal – The Vortex is unpredictable and while the police are investigating the crime, we encounter several red herrings. The series plays with our own biases and leads us down a path, only for us to realize we were wrong. The confusion is very enjoyable.

3. Emotional: at the heart of Suzhal – The Vortex is a family struggling with the disappearance of a daughter. But this is not a conventional family, and there are fissures within. The realistic writing gets us involved in how they deal with what happened. The bond between the two sisters is especially touching.

4. Fear: As the series takes a dark turn, we wonder who to trust and who not. Set in a small town, we make various assumptions about the characters based on popular culture conditioning. But Suzhal – The Vortex throws up some threatening surprises that make us sit up. Images from the local festival make the series sharper and more immersive.

5. Wonder: Suzhal – The Vortex creates a sense of wonder in us as we see how cleverly Pushkar-Gayathri has interwoven the myths and legends surrounding Angalamman, a fiery goddess, with contemporary events. The parallels between folklore and contemporary events make the series an intriguing experience. The exceptional cinematography deserves a special mention, as does the background music that takes the theme of the series to the next level. There are also issues of belief that come to the fore, with the characters having to confront a diverse set of beliefs.

6. Sadness: As the secrets come out one by one, you feel sad about the turn of events. Do we really know the people around us? Do the people closest to us trust us enough to be open about their pain and trauma? Suzhal – The Vortex makes us question everything we take for granted.

7. Disgust: Suzhal – The Vortex does not shy away from telling the truth as it should be told. At the heart of the mystery is an unpleasant secret that evokes disgust. It’s a truth that many have experienced, but still don’t get enough recognition. Suzhal – The Vortex rightly turn our gaze to those who deserve our abhorrence.

8. Relief: Suzhal – The Vortex is not an easy watch. It’s a cerebral mystery with many layers and a rewarding one too. When you feel such a strong emotional connection to the characters, you feel their cathartic relief as the series draws to a close. The urgency and tension with which you’ve watched the series finds a welcome relief as the answers are finally out in the open.

9. Elegance: Suzhal – The Vortex gives his characters freedom of choice and does not offer clichéd solutions. If you have traveled with them on this long and complicated journey, their victory will feel like yours. The legend of Angalamman, the fiery goddess, takes on more meaning. The series ends with an important comment on a relevant social issue that deserves our attention.

10. Introspection: Long After Suzhal – The Vortex has come to an end, you reflect on all that you have seen and introspect. About the diverse identities of people, stereotyping, how the legal system works and the silences within our own families. You think about your own prejudices and blind spots, and that’s the surest sign that the series is meaningful entertainment.

This article was produced in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video.

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