The Test Case – First Episode Review

Series – The Test Case

Starring – Nimrat Kaur as Capt. Shikha Sharma, Atul Kulkarni as Ajinkya Sathe, Rahul Dev as Kripal Bhatti and Juhi Chawla in a special appearance as Defence Minister  Shraddha Pandit

Created by – Ekta Kapoor & Samar Khan

Written by – Nagesh Kukunoor & Mukul Srivastava {Screenplay} and Ishita Moitra {Dialogue}

Directed by –  Nagesh Kukunoor 

Platform – Alt Balaji

Produced by Endemol Shine India, the OTT platform recently launched by TV Czarina Ekta Kapoor finally streamed the first episode of the series that was inspired by a landmark verdict of President Pranab Mukherjee in 2016. Five days after it was supposed to be up. 

The Test Case, is Capt. Shikha Sharma’s journey to being the first woman to be successfully included in combat in the Indian Army as she gets honoured by the prestigious Maroon Beret, worn only by worn by the 50th Parachute Brigade, the President’s Body Guard, and the Special Forces Unit.

Shikha, a military intelligence officer has volunteered to be the first woman to try to get a place among the prestigious Special Forces Unit. And it is at this point that her journey begins.

The 41 minute long first episode is certainly the finest series premiere that has so far happened on the platform. 

The episode is tightly paced and crisply edited. The performances of the cast certainly makes you feel that they’ve done their homework. Juhi Chawla in a special appearance with a very Sushma Swaraj vibe was a delight to watch as this beautiful actress has been for far too long typecast as the bubbly girl next door and in recent times has been MIA, her last outing was Gulab gang, a movie which first chose to highlight her chops as antagonist. The highly talented and always dependable Atul Kulkarni once again in the matter of a few minutes proves why he’s Ajinkya and Rahul Dev finally seems to have a chance to play a character that might seem antagonistic but is not.

Nimrat, has been a treat for the eyes. Right from mannerisms to body language she embodies Shikha Sharma and slips into the skin of her character effortlessly. 

The episode was pitch perfect except for one scene with a cadet that was too long and too boring for me eventually and IMO could have been done without.  

Nagesh Kukunoor IMO has just landed with the first truly impressive series of the platform and I for one simply cannot wait for what’s next to come.

I would rate the series premiere episode of The Test Case a winning 4 out of 5. 

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