Killer Soup movie review: Too many chefs serve a tasty ‘Paya Soup’

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12-01-2024

    Mohanlal is in a fierce avatar of a man with survival instincts drawn from the jungle

    'Paya Soup' is a metaphor to demonstrate the moral theme of the show

    Characters switch between English, Tamil and Hindi based on the settings

Killer Soup which premiered on Netflix makes for a thoroughly entertaining binge-watching experience. All the leading actors including Manoj Bajpayee, Konkana Sen Sharma, Sayaji Shinde, Anula Navlekar and Nassar shine in their roles and make sure you catch Lal in a never-before-seen fierce avatar of a man with survival instincts drawn from the jungle. 

The absurdity of the Swathi Reddy murder case made it ripe for an on-screen adaptation but to stretch it into an 8-episode saga with multiple vibrant characters and to use the “Paya soup” which proved to be detrimental for Swathi Reddy as a metaphor to demonstrate the moral theme of the show is no ordinary achievement and “Killer Soup” manages to live up to the challenge through some sharp writing that keeps the show engaging while also offering a glimpse of the internal struggle the characters face. 

Comparisons have been made to Macbeth, but a contemporary show ‘Ozark’ also serves as a reference. Ozark is also a story of a family that is drawn into committing multiple crimes in order to make its way out of the previous crime. Interestingly, Ozark also starts with an affair and ends with the quest of an obsessed detective. To narrate this tale within the context of Indian family values without unnecessary sentimentalism is also commendable. 

Set in a hill station in Tamil Nadu, the characters switch between English, Tamil and Hindi based on the settings and the dynamic they share with the other person in the conversation. This cosmopolitan approach was made possible only due to an OTT release wherein such techniques that add to the richness of the screenplay pay off. 

A drawback however was that despite the ending being inevitable, it seemed rushed. Although it added up in terms of the plot, the mental status of the characters leading up to it was only addressed at a surface level.

Killer Soup movie review: Too many chefs serve a tasty ‘Paya Soup’

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    Mohanlal is in a fierce avatar of a man with survival instincts drawn from the jungle

    'Paya Soup' is a metaphor to demonstrate the moral theme of the show

    Characters switch between English, Tamil and Hindi based on the settings

Killer Soup which premiered on Netflix makes for a thoroughly entertaining binge-watching experience. All the leading actors including Manoj Bajpayee, Konkana Sen Sharma, Sayaji Shinde, Anula Navlekar and Nassar shine in their roles and make sure you catch Lal in a never-before-seen fierce avatar of a man with survival instincts drawn from the jungle. 

The absurdity of the Swathi Reddy murder case made it ripe for an on-screen adaptation but to stretch it into an 8-episode saga with multiple vibrant characters and to use the “Paya soup” which proved to be detrimental for Swathi Reddy as a metaphor to demonstrate the moral theme of the show is no ordinary achievement and “Killer Soup” manages to live up to the challenge through some sharp writing that keeps the show engaging while also offering a glimpse of the internal struggle the characters face. 

Comparisons have been made to Macbeth, but a contemporary show ‘Ozark’ also serves as a reference. Ozark is also a story of a family that is drawn into committing multiple crimes in order to make its way out of the previous crime. Interestingly, Ozark also starts with an affair and ends with the quest of an obsessed detective. To narrate this tale within the context of Indian family values without unnecessary sentimentalism is also commendable. 

Set in a hill station in Tamil Nadu, the characters switch between English, Tamil and Hindi based on the settings and the dynamic they share with the other person in the conversation. This cosmopolitan approach was made possible only due to an OTT release wherein such techniques that add to the richness of the screenplay pay off. 

A drawback however was that despite the ending being inevitable, it seemed rushed. Although it added up in terms of the plot, the mental status of the characters leading up to it was only addressed at a surface level.

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