Sunflower Review: Sunil Grover’s Vikas Bahl Director Is An Overly Dark Comedy That Only Causes Confusion

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Created by Vikas Bahl, Sunflower Stars Sunil Grover, Mukul Chadda & Ranvir Shorey in pivotal parts (Pic Credit: IMDb)

Sunflower Review: Star Rating: 2/5 stars (two stars)

Cast: Sunil Grover, Mukul Chadda, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Saloni Khanna, Ashish Vidyarthi, Dayana Erappa, Ria Nalavade and Ensemble.

Creator: Vikas Bahlic


Director: Vikas Bahl & Rahul Sengupta

Stream to: Sea 5

Language: Hindi

Dark humor married to crime thrillers is a mix of content that we Indians have now rigorously approached. Thanks to movies like Kaalakandi, Andhadhun and a few others, we’ve raised awareness of the genre. Zonnebloem tries to find a place in the same list and at one point seems too desperate for it. But does it eventually achieve that? Well, I have too many questions. Let’s ask them one by one.

Sunflower Review: What It’s About:

A society called Sunflower with its most eccentric members becomes a puzzle when suddenly a man named Raj Kapoor is murdered. While we know who the culprit is, the people on the screen don’t, and Sonu Singh (Sunil Grover) becomes the prime suspect in the case. Will the real culprit be caught, that’s the mystery to which we must hook. And why is a cosmetics company putting pink creepy spotlights in their toilets, where a giant poster reads something along the lines of ‘this is where shit happens’? I told you I have questions.

(Photo credit: IMDb)

Sunflower Review: What Works:

Vikas Bahl’s head is a bedroom where Rapunzel and HIM from Powerpuff Girls stay together. Worse, they have children who have inherited traits from both. It’s extravagant and over the top. Subtlety is not a virtue he possesses, at least not when it comes to on-screen presentation. And to some extent it helps the storytelling style he follows. But there is also a downside, more on that later.

With Sunflower, Vikas takes the Shaandaar route to tell this story in the beginning. Everyone stays in houses that seem to be on a completely different planer, at least the leads. Exaggerated versions of people, one quickly commits a crime, another falls into a trap, a clueless clumsy one ends up having a bad day. No one, from the writer to the directors, wastes time setting up the universe for future episodes. We get right into the business and that works, as the mystery must remain intact.

You see Vikas Bahl making special efforts to build up these characters who are about to be declared abnormal. Everyone gets layers and stories to support the madness they possess. To talk about the basics, take the affair between the Watcher and the housekeeper, so much meat in such limited screen time. In a larger context, take Mukul Chadda, who plays a PHD professor. He is the embodiment of all evil that a person should not be. He is orthodox, violent, bipartisan, patriarchal and on top of that he loves to let his wife praise him while they are intimate in bed. narcissistic.

In that regard, there is also Sunil Grover. In my honest opinion, Sunil will need a little more time to break the mold his act as various funny characters in Comedy Night With Kapil has put him in. But he’s doing his best, and that’s commendable. He shines in the moments when the camera demands innocence, and he passes it on effortlessly. Girish Kulkarni and Ranvir Shorey are their amazing selves, and there isn’t a bad bone there.

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A big shout out to a scene in episode 1 where two neighborhood boys sit by a corpse and sip their tea while talking about a ghost in their village. What a scene, what a great performance!

Efforts are also visible in the direction. Vikas and Rahul Sengupta make sure you get a roster, as we liked to solve as kids. Colorful, but at the same time viciously blocking. DOP’s Ravendra Singh Bhadauria and Sudhakar Reddy add the needed masala to the mix and make it better.

Sunflower Review: What Doesn’t Work:

Now I know it’s not as clear and superficial as it seems. The title Zonnebloem in itself stands for a deeper metaphor. To me it looks like pollination. Pollination of evidence and characters that takes place throughout the episodes. I get that you make a bigger universe to add meat. I even understand that the eccentricity is necessary because you can’t imagine people like you and me doing all this. In any case, not noob enough to worry about putting trash cans in a public place.

What I don’t understand is what exactly should we bet on? Too many things happening parallel to each other, waiting to intersect. But when they do they don’t create a spark, that would make me cheer for it. Take Sunil Grover’s Sonu for example. A man who is probably an OCD sufferer with a strange urge to be first in everything, he is a loner and also mentally unstable on the brink. So what should I think of him? Should I look at him as too naive a person, a cartoon character or a man battling a disorder?

While we’re at it, why do we need to tackle social stigmas in all projects, even if mixing them into the man plot is no good? A building committee, arguably the worst a society can get, gathers every morning in the society’s gymnasium and interviews people who want to buy an apartment in the building. Do these people not have a job? These idiots turn down people every day because they’re either divorced, or Muslim, or transgender, or single, or worse, they’re doing creative work. I’ll never get an apartment in Sunflower, it seems. Not that I want to stay there.

There’s an out-of-the-box Akshay Kumar reference (read dig), an abrupt cameo from the composer duo Ajay Atul, a side story of a girl aspiring to be a singer, which hints at what’s ahead in Season 2. But why?

Also the set design. Sorry to remind Shaandaar of it again, but it was almost a fairy tale. Zonnebloem is a crime drama. If you build sets that are straight out of a Barbie movie, it will just kill the experience. While the whole world looks normal outside Sunflower, inside the houses it seems as if OTT was the only rule given to design the houses.

Sunflower Review Starring Sunil Grover
Created by Vikas Bahl, Sunflower Stars Sunil Grover, Mukul Chadda & Ranvir Shorey in pivotal parts (Pic Credit: IMDb)

Sunflower Review: Final Words:

Sunflower tried to be an edgy drama set in the universe of dark comedies, but falls flat in its own loopholes. There are great actors, but that’s not enough to make it a nice watch.

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