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An Insubstantial Drama,
This review is from: Six Suspects (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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I was very much looking forward to listening to 'Six Suspects'.
The notices promised an intriguing story, adapted for a full
cast with the additional advantage of an Indian-based production
to add atmosphere and authenticity to the proceedings.
Sad to say I felt hugely let down by what I heard.
Vikas Swarup's narrative is thin and insubstantial.
The acting is stiff and amateurish on the whole.
The sound design is among the least convincing I have
encountered in any audio drama.
Part of the problem rests with the characters of Arun Advani,
"investigative journalist" (played by Rajit Kapur) and the
dispicably brattish playboy Vicky Rai (Kafar Karachiwala).
The former's performance is dull, disinterested and unengaging.
His mototonous commentary fails to provide the necessary "glue"
to bind the whole together in a satisfactory way.
The latter delivers little more than a stiff caricature.
I do understand that we are not meant to like Mr Rai
but Mr Karachiwala's portrayal completely lacks credibility.
His eventual murder came as a bit of a relief truth-be-told
but he just won't stay dead! The multi-perspective analysis
of the crime means that we have to endure his demise over
and over (and over) again!
On a lighter note I did enjoy Munna Mobile and Ritu's tender
love affair. Arnand Tiwari and Ira Dubey's depiction of their
relationship adds a layer of much needed charm, warmth and humour.
Their most vivid kiss is given an unnerving degree of moistness
by the sound crew by way on ensuring that we will have no
illusions about what is going on. I laughed out loud and was
grateful for this small mercy!
The recording plays without a break across the two discs.
Some periodic musical punctuation or other chapter signposts
would have been helpful. The accompanying sleeve notes offer
no greater assistance in navigating the production.
A Big Disappointment.