Pop Kaun web series review: Farhad Samji delivered another forgetful comedy-drama

Director Farhad Samji's comedy-drama Pop Kaun, consisting of 6 episodes, premiered on Disney+Hotstar on March 17th, 2023. The series follows the story of Sahil (Kunal Kemmu), the son of politician Brij Kishore Trivedi (Johnny Lever), who is obsessed with his father's identity. Sahil is in love with Pihu (Nupur Sanon), the daughter of gangster Karam Biswajeet Chaupala (Saurabh Shukla), who is also obsessed with his own father's identity. When Sahil discovers that he is adopted, he sets out on a journey to find his biological father, leading to unforeseen consequences.

The star-studded cast of the series includes Johnny Lever, Ashwini Kalsekar, Saurabh Shukla, Satish Kaushik, Chunkey Pandey, Zakir Hussain, and Rajpal Yadav, who are all seasoned actors known for their comic timing. However, despite the talented cast, director Farhad Samji's execution falls short of expectations.

The characters in the series are poorly written and lack depth, resulting in unconvincing performances. The comedy scenes, which are meant to be entertaining, fall flat, and some of them feel forced. Jamie Lever's character is poorly written and appears unnecessarily in many scenes. Tushar Kapoor's cameo, while meant to be reminiscent of Golmaal, doesn't have any impact.

There are only a few scenes, such as the engagement scene between Sahil and Pihu and Rajpal Yadav's scene trying to take a 10 rupee note, where the comic timing is good and the execution looks okay.

Kunal Kemmu tries his best, but his performance feels unconvincing in most of the comedy scenes. He has delivered better performances in his previous works such as Lootcase and Abhay web series. Nupur Sanon, on her debut in OTT, looks okay as Pihu. It is heartbreaking to see Satish Kaushik appear for the last time in this series.

Farhad Samji's previous film Bachchhan Pandey did not perform well at the box office, and Pop Kaun seems to be following in its footsteps. It remains to be seen how Samji's upcoming films, such as Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ka Jaan, Hera Pheri 3, or Housefull 5, will perform.

In conclusion, despite its star-studded cast, Pop Kaun falls short in terms of character development and execution. It is not recommended to watch, and viewers looking for a good comedy-drama can check out other options such as Farzi on Amazon Prime or Lost on ZEE5.


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