CAT Web Series PRELUDE
The new Netflix CAT Web Series has touched the fairy dust of Bollywood and the soil of its Punjab setting. CAT is a crime thriller set against the backdrop of the Punjab hinterlands. Gurnam is thrown into a deep, drug trafficking conspiracy between gang lords, cops, and political powers. In CAT writer-creator Balwinder Singh Janjua brings rich local features.
CAT Web Series has been filmed in Punjabi and is also available in Hindi, but it is best viewed in its original language. Janjua and his team ensure that the predictable journey of CAT has memorable travelers. Netflix launched the premier of CAT on 9th December 2022.
BRIEF STORY OF CAT Web Series
Living under an alias, a former police informant is summoned to infiltrate a major drug empire but uncovers a dangerous connection to his dark past. Having lost his parents to a militant’s bullets at a young age, Gurnam becomes an informant in the Khalistani movement for Police Officer Sehtab Singh (Suvinder Vicky). Years later, when Gurnam’s brother is arrested for drug running, Gurnam goes to Sehtab for help. Sehtab wants a return gift: He gave Gurnam a task to investigate infiltrating a cocaine racket run by the politician grandly known as Madam Aulakh (Geeta Agrawal) and her associate Shamsher (Jaipreet Singh). It is an open secret how Aulakh earns money by moving the powder from Pakistan to Punjab which has been exposed. But Sehtab Singh wants to free Punjab from its rampant drug problem.
Gurnam and the humble policewoman Babita (Hasleen Kaur) are convenient securities in Sehtab’s great game. Aided by his messenger Chandan (Pramod Pathak), Sehtab provides the link between militancy and the drug trade.
Much of the tension in Janjua’s screenplay is Rupinder Chahal and Jimmy Singh. An encounter between Mukhtyar and his young mistress Sweety (Coral Bhamra) revolves around a samosa.
Starring Randeep Hooda, Suvinder Vicky, Hasleen Kaur, Sukhwinder Chahal, and others, the series is sure to attract audiences due to the brilliance in filmmaking, power-packed performances, and its many plot twists.
Randeep Hooda appears as Gurnam Singh in his debut web series on NETFLIX. His role in CAT is as an undercover agent who is out to bust the drug racket in the interiors of Punjab with a tragic past. Throughout his career as an actor, he has played each of his
characters with a sense of responsibility and the goal of perfection. So there’s a promise, there is talent and an energy of charisma that makes Randeep Hooda what he is today.
Hooda made his Hindi film debut in Mira Nair’s film Monsoon Wedding. He had a turning point in his career in 2005. Hooda was cast as the male lead in Ram Gopal Varma’s Gangster and gained critical acclaim for starring in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster (2011), Rang Rasiya (2014), Highway (2014), and Sarbjit (2016) while also appearing in the successful films Jannat 2 (2012), Jism 2 (2012), Cocktail (2012), Kick (2014), Sultan (2016), Baaghi 2 (2018). In 2020, he made his English film debut with the action thriller Extraction. There are a lot of movies in Bollywood where Randeep Hooda acted and earn accolades.
He is also a professional equestrian who regularly participates in polo, and show jumping events. He won a silver medal at an event in New Delhi that was organized by the Equestrian Federation of India.
Hasleen Kaur has also acted in Imtiaz Ali’s movie ‘Love Aaj Kal’ starring Deepika Padukone but her role in this film was too short. She is excited for playing the role of an Air Force officer in the movie ‘Zindagi Ek Pal’. She also acted In Karle Pyar Karle, Mili (4.11.2022).
Suvinder Vicky, who played a conflicted truck driver in Ivan Ayr’s independent film Milestone (2021), is CAT’s big cat. Mostly seen in supporting roles, Suvinder Vicky is an Indian film actor, primarily working in the Punjabi and Hindi film industries. The actor has appeared in many Punjabi films such as Political Asylum (2004), Munde (2009), Kabaddi Ikk Mohabbat (2010), Yaraan Naal Baharaan 2 (2012), and Sikander (2013). He earns a reputation for his performance in films like Flying Punjab (2016) and Super Singh (2017). His other projects include Zakhmi (2020).
The secondary roles are performed by a memorable collection of local actors who provide the series with authenticity. The drug lords, who operate from lavish homes and all but run a parallel government, might be the obvious villains.
Efficiently shot over 80 locations across Punjab by Arvind Krishna, the show address the decision to leave behind the mustard fields and fertile earth of Punjab for greener pastures. That is Sehtab’s eventual destination as well as the country where a secret linked to Gurnam’s past resides. The classic melodramatic structure necessitates soldering Gurnam’s childhood with his adulthood.
Every actor played their part well. Even the young Gurnam showed class acting. All the side acts and stories are well scripted into the theme of this thriller. The Punjab setting, politicians, drugs, singers, and villages seem real and up to date. Once the viewers see the emotional stories of the adversaries they may empathize with them. That’s how powerful the script, storyline, editing, and acting is in CAT. The series is packed with 8 original songs to match the many varied moments.
The show is a fabulously crafted crime thriller that is not only realistic but also entertaining and infuriating. The series also touches upon several themes spanning romance, action, suspense, family, revenge, and more. The series is all-encompassing in the sense that it showcases the full extent of human emotions and conflict.
The Netflix spy thriller starring Randeep Hooda is fresh, and gripping, and brings a new flavor to Indian digital watchers with its Punjabi earthiness. The show can be treated as Netflix’s first Punjabi original. The series excels because it remains truthful with its depiction. It does not hold anything back in showing violence in a world where danger and treachery loiter at every corner, and the series sets the tone right at the very beginning. However, to make the plot true, the series also continually introduces several characters.
The show also often shifts the focus to the bigger picture rather than taking it through the changes and growth in Gurnaam. It not just dilutes the impact but also takes the focus away. Moreover, the resolutions are often instant with revenge, rather than being complicated.
Considering the above aspects, viewers will enjoy and be happy after seeing CAT.