Cartel Season 1 Series Review: A Gang War Series

Cartel is an Indian action drama web series produced by Ekta Kapoor under the banner of Balaji Telefilms. Meet Supriya Pathak, Rithvik, Dhanjani, Jitendra Joshi, Tanuj Virwani and Divya Agarwal. It was released on 20 August 2021. The story revolves around a gang of five in Mumbai. Khan, Anna, Angre, Gajraj and the mysterious director form a crew of five who rule the ordinary underworld in the City of Dreams. All five gangs operate in different parts of the city, but order and harmony are maintained only by an iron man, Rani Maai, who sits on the throne and ensures the smooth running of events.

The Cartel Season 1 Story 

The Cartel Story 

The five Mumbai mobsters featured in the cartel web series are Dharavi ruler ‘Anna’, taxi and transport syndicate controller and racketeer ‘Gadraj’, cricket bookie and Bollywood director ‘President’, and gun smuggler. And drug dealer “Khan” and Aarey boss “Angre”. Rani Maai’s revenge and Aarey’s thrones are at the heart of the plot.

The story of the web series Cartel is set in present-day Mumbai and is about criminals who take over the city using the underground world trade. There have been no gang-related deaths or destruction in Mumbai in the last 15 years, except for Rani Maai (Supriya Pathak, the cartel actor) joining other gang leaders.

The Cartel Cast

The Cartel cast

  • Supriya Pathak as Rani Mai
  • Tanuj Virawani as Major Bhau/Ex-Major Arjun Mhatre
  • Rithvik Dhanjani in the role of Abhay Angre
  • Grizzey is played by Divya Agarwal.
  • Madhukar Mhatre/ Madhu Mhatre is played by Jitendra Joshi.
  • Maya is played by Monica Dogra.
  • Dorabjee is played by Samir Soni.
  • Gajraj is played by Shubhrajyoti Barat.
  • Vaidehi is played by Sushrii Mishra.
  • Romilla is played by Tannishtha Chatterjee.
  • Rama is played by Girji Oak.
  • Sumi is played by Pranati Rai Prakash.
  • Shweta is played by Aditi Vasudev in the Aditi Vasudev cartel web series.
  • Chiru Mayur More
  • ACP Dixit is played by Gaurav Sharma.
  • Anna is played by Kannan Arunachalam.
  • Nabeel Ahmed, Vibhav Roy
  • Goswami, Aanchal
  • Dhawal Riya Subodh is played by Amey Wagh.
  • Shreya is played by Sanaya Pithawalla.
  • Yograj is played by Mrinal Dutt.
  • Khan is played by Anil George.
  • Chairman Ashwath Bhatt
  • Suraj is played by Mrinal Das.

Cast Performance of Cartel 

cast Performance of Cartel 

Rithvik Dhanjani’s character arc is interesting and shines through his character’s various emotions. Other characters like Samer Soni’s nephew Nevele Dorabji and Abhay’s girlfriend Maya play a key role in changing the story. Daughters of Angra, Pranathi Rai Prakash and Aditi Vasudev don’t have better parts. On the other hand, Schweta’s partner Daval is quite impressive.

Supriya Pathak’s limited run time in the early episodes was disappointing. Coming back at the end of day 10, she said, “Angre rot Nahi, ruulate hain”, and hoped to show more to the audience. Four other gang leaders, Kannan Arunachalam as Anna, Shubhrajyoti Barath as Gajraj, Chairman Ashwath Bhatt and Anil George as Khan, also performed well.

Odds of Cartel

odds of Cartel 

The premise of ‘Cartel’ is similar to other gang war dramas like ‘Mumbai’ and ‘Satia’, but the character of this web drama is unique. Tanuj Virwani tops all this with the only logical, calm, earnest and earnest portrayal of Major Bhau. Jeetendra Joshi gives convincing performances with the eagerness to act first and think later and the atrocious Madhu Bau. He added humour to the broadcast with a bright smile. Girija Oak impresses through Madhu’s caring and loving wife, Rama.

Evens of Cartel

positives of Cartel

Ekta Kapoor’s concept and Prashant Bhagya’s direction are crisp and solid, making the audience obsessed with everything. The first episode takes a long time to introduce all the characters and establish the general premise. But later episodes reveal how these criminals run illegal operations and how political, judicial and business organizations are connected to the underworld, accelerating and raising tensions. All the characters are designed so the audience can understand each nature and the reasons for their actions. Written by Sambit Mishra and Monish K Talpade, this fantasy series is fast-paced, and almost every episode starts with a murder. The story behind it is revealed later in the show, making it very engaging. Bhai log dialect dialogue and one-liners are great. Even the Bharat-Saurabh background score is always catchy and sets the overall tone for the show. Finally, the unexpected twists and turns of the battles and climaxes make for an exciting show.