OTT Watchlist: Parampara – This is Naidu’s Show


Title: Parampara
Arka Media Works
To throw: Murali Mohan, Jagapathi Babu, Sarath Kumar, Naveen Chandra, Naina Ganguly, Aakanksha Singh etc.
Music: Naresh Kumaran
Written by: Hari Yelleti
Camera: SV Vishveshwarar
Editor: Timmaraju
Direction: Krishna Vijay
Producers: Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni
Episodes: seven
Season: 1
Release date: December 24, 2021
Streaming enabled: Disney + Hotstar

There are many web series emerging to meet the entertainment needs of audiences, but only a few stand out.

“Parampara” is one of those series with a new element and an engaging storyline. The only downside is the rhythm. If it had been with 1.5X speed it would have been much better.

Well, the new element in the story is that the characters don’t show their rivalry with each other, either in action or in dialogue, but the audience does know the level of animosity between them. This is the interesting point.

The story takes place against the backdrop of Visakhapatam. It is the story of a good man named Veera Naidu played by Murali Mohan. His two sons Naidu (Sarath Kumar) and Mohan (Jagapathi Babu) are also his political heirs. Veera Naidu dies and his eldest son Naidu takes over. Mohan’s son, Gopi (Naveen Chandra) is upset as his father is ostracized and abused. He starts a feud to take his part, but what he loses in the process is history.

The pitch is so perfect that it has the potential to bring out a lot of emotions in a tight scenario. But it feels like a story written for a two-and-a-half-hour movie, but later stretched to meet the demands of a web series. Creators need to understand that audiences don’t have the patience to watch everything in peace and appreciate the director for every nuance. They need rhythm in the storytelling. They not only want the conclusion, but a breathtaking, nail-biting watch.

It’s the whole story between Naidu and Mohan with an open heart but hidden emotions. The drama is quite gripping, but the length spoils the experience.

Coming to the performances, Sharath Kumar took on the show with her intensity. Jagapathi Babu is a perfect match. Naveen Chandra lives in the role. Naina Ganguly and Akanksha are easy on the eyes and have done their part well. It’s good to see Murali Mohan on screen after a long time.

Music completes the visual experience. The cinematography is impressive.

“Parampara”, produced by the producers of Bahubali should be appreciated for providing a unique drama on par with any popular Malayalam series. But as discussed above, it was the pace that made the dent.

There is a saying that too many directors spoil the show. But that did not happen here. The three directors turned out to be in sync.

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