Maharani S3 Review: Fatigue In Bihar Politics

The endless Bihar Politics Saga continues with the 3rd season of Maharani. Will the imprisoned Rani Bharti (Huma Qureshi) be able to prove her innocence to the people of Bihar?

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Fatigue In Bihar Politics

Maharani S3 Cast/Actors: Huma Qureshi as Rani Bharti, Sohum Shah as Bheema Bharti, Amit Sial as Naveen Kumar, Vineet Kumar as Gauri Shankar Pandey, Anuja Sathe as Kirti Singh, Atul Tiwari as Governer, Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Martin Ekka, Kani Kusruti as Kaveri Sreedharan & Pramod Pathak as Satyendranath Mishra.

Maharani S3 Director: Saurabh Bhave

Maharani S3 Created By: Subhash Kapoor

Maharani S3 Release Date: 7th March, 2024

Maharani S3 Available On/OTT Platform: Sony LIV

Maharani S3 Released/ Available In Languages: Hindi

Maharani S3 Season: 3

Maharani S3 Number Of Episodes: 8

Maharani S3 Release Pattern: All episodes released together

Maharani S3 Episode Duration: 42 Minutes (approximately)

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Three years later, Rani Bharti (Huma Qureshi), wife of slain ex-CM Bheema Bharti (Sohum Shah), is still in jail, treating bail with disdain and strutting around like she’s in her private bungalow. When she’s not stirring huge kadhais of mithai or painting dolls, she plays her favourite role of saviour of the underprivileged and spouts sazaa (punishment) and nyay (justice) like she’s presiding over a court of law. She’s never shown studying but she’s passed her Inter, waving away the examiner who says, ‘Time to hand in your paper,’ like he’s a mosquito in the CM’s office. Determined to be a graduate and end the taunts about being the “anpad CM”, Rani is equally tunnel-visioned about washing off the taint of being her husband’s murderer.

Meanwhile, it’s a macho world out there with CM Naveen Kumar (Amit Sial) imposing prohibition in Bihar for an illicit liquor industry to thrive under his dispensation. With his eye on the top chair in Delhi, the resemblance to Nitish Kumar is no coincidence.

Created by Subhash Kapoor and directed by Saurabh Bhave with Nandan Singh and Umashankar Singh joining Kapoor in the writing department, it’s a familiar scene. Netagiri is awash with sleazeballs like Gauri Shankar Pandey (Vineet Kumar) who drink, curse, womanise and indulge in crime bigtime, a baba in an ashram that’s a den of politics and a token minority leader.

The CM dumping ministers no longer of use to him or propping up Bheema Bharti’s mistress Kirti (Anuja Sathe) who was involved in revenge killing, local cops chewing gutka and spitting on the road, filthy lingo by a ruthless shortie, a dirty shot of a prostrate Gauri Babu taken from between the legs of the ashram baba, and a snaky Governor (Atul Tiwari), give the feeling that fatigue has set in, there’s nothing new to say, no freshness or crispness brewing in the creative department.

Diligent Martin (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) is still on the Bheema murder case and still a part time theatre actor.  

It’s only towards the end of the season that Kapoor and team make a valiant jab at letting the focus shift back to the queen of Bihar politics and her growing naari sena. This season, Rani’s secretary, loyal IAS officer Kaveri (Kani Kusruti) has little to do but whether by plan or by chance, in the few scenes she does have, Rani treats her with a dignity that she doesn’t quite give Satyendranath Mishra (Pramod Pathak), as she orders him around with almost royal arrogance.

When the spotlight does finally swing to Rani, songs and rituals and stories of sister-brother bonds fill up half her time. There is a bit of loose writing at work. For instance, Kaveri looks bemused when Rani paints dolls for a festival that celebrates sibling ties, giving the cue for her boss to launch into a story of what it’s all about. But if Kaveri was with Rani since Day One and this is an annual festival, why is she like a clueless newcomer to Bihar who’s never heard of it all these years?

At another moment, Naveen Kumar asks Kirti to make an announcement the next day. But with the screenplay getting diverted by a song and dance with Rani and some flashbacks and secret missions tumbling out, Naveen learns that Kirti’s been missing for the last two days. But hadn’t he met her just yesterday and told her what she had to do the next day? Writers, timing mein ghotala?

Bheema Bharti is exhumed as a nightmare and as a conscience-keeper, drawing a thin line between nyay and badla.

In the first season itself, it was established that Rani Bharti was not the goongi gudiya that the men had hoped she’d be. Juggling between motherhood and the men who play dirty, by the end of the third season, she does grow into the maharani of politics, naturally literate at checkmating every opponent.

Huma Qureshi owns Rani Bharti like a smug champion, Amit Sial is always first-rate and Anuja Sathe has a compelling presence.

Maharani S3- Watch it or Not: Political dramas are always addictive but this time, it’s like a slow re-run of the first two seasons that have already said what they had to about never taking a woman for granted.

Maharani S3 Score Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Maharani S3 Official Trailer:

Maharani S3 Official Trailer (Credits: Sony LIV)

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