SonyLIV’s latest original series is Love J Action. It begins as a romantic storey set in Lucknow, with the lovebirds facing opposition from the girl’s wealthy, strict family. However, the scenario quickly devolves into a con game, then a gold heist, and finally a completely off-kilter love storey.
Kamya (Kangan Baruah Nangia) is betrothed to Superintendent of Police Abhay Anand, and Jackson Awasthi (Anud Singh Dhaka) adores her (Purru Chhiber). Jackson’s search for love leads to a wild goose chase, a confusing plot, and a slew of characters – Vikrant (Rohit Choudhary), Nayan (Priyasha Bhardwaj), Chang (Dr Agnelo Chang), and others – popping in and out of the picture.
Performances of Love J Action?
The entire major cast of Love J Action gives outstanding performances. Anud Singh Dhaka pours his heart and soul into the important part he’s been cast in. Purru Chhiber, a worthy counterpart actor, joins him with a confident performance. Kangan Baruah Nangia and Rohit Choudhary are also excellent. The supporting cast is sufficient.
Love J Action gets off to a good start, keeping us guessing with twists and turns including Kamya’s disappearance, the discovery of dead bodies, and a sophisticated con game. The one-twist-per-episode plot, on the other hand, gradually wears our patience thin, and our attention begins to wander. It occurs to us that the writers and director have crammed as many twists as they could into the six episodes.
The plot has one redeeming quality in that, despite its complexity, it does not rely on exposition to convey its message. It’s a rare instance of no telling, only showing in Indian entertainment; a rare instance of storytellers trusting the viewer’s ability to put two and two together.
However, the creators’ noble intentions are lost in the bloated plot, which becomes monotonous near the end. After a while, all one wants is for the plot to go on and come to a reasonable conclusion sooner rather than later. We’re so jaded by the time the ultimate twist arrives that it scarcely registers in our hardened minds.
What about the music and other departments?
The background score by Sagar Desai is well-suited to the storey. Except for the loud, too passionate beats of the Pujo celebrations, it isn’t unpleasant or irritating. The cinematography by Arkodeb Mukherjee is adequate for the series’ theme. The editing of Devendra Murdeshwar is excellent.