Streaming Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar
Cast: JD Chakravarthy, Ramya Nambessan, Eesha Rebba, Josh Ravi, Vishnu Priyaa, Babloo Prithiveeraj, Kamal Kamaraju, Nanda Gopal, Gayathri Gupta & others
Director: Pavan Sadineni
Producers: Shrikant Mohta, Mahendra Soni
Music Director: Shravan Bharadwaj
Cinematographer: Vivek Kalepu
Editor: Viplav Nyshadam
Senior Actor JD Chakravarthy has made his comeback with a web series titled Dayaa. Directed by Pavan Sadineni, Dayaa has Ramya Nambessan, Eesha Rebba, Josh Ravi, Vishnu Priyaa, and Babloo Prithiveeraj playing other vital roles. The show is currently streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar. Let’s get into the review.
Dayaa aka Dayakar (JD Chakravarthy) is a freezer van driver at the Kakinada port. His wife Alivelu (Eesha Rebba) is pregnant. He works hard to meet the ends by hook or crook. One day, he finds a dead body in his van and hell breaks out loose. Panicked by seeing the dead body, Dayaa takes his assistant Prabha’s (Josh Ravi) help to deal with the situation. He tries to dispose of the body but comes to know that the body is of a renowned crime journalist Kavitha (Ramya Nambeesan). Meanwhile, in Hyderabad, Kaushik registers a case about his missing wife, journalist Kavitha. How did the incident change Dayaa’s life? Who killed Kavitha? How did her body land in the van that Dayaa drives? This forms the story of Dayaa.
JD Chakravarthy gave a very fine performance and he indeed stands as the main highlight of the show with his amazing act. His character has got different shades, and JD Chakravarthy nailed it. He sports a new body language and does well in his role as an innocent deaf man.
Ramya Nambeesan plays the crime journalist and she brings depth to the proceedings. Her role is well-designed. Ramya performed it very well. Eesha Rebba gets a simple role but does well in her limitations. But we will get to see more of her in the second season. Vishnu Priyaa and Josh Ravi have got significant roles, and they did a fair job.
Back Ground Score
Gets Slow In Some Episodes
Dayaa is a well-made Telugu thriller series with solid characters. The first four episodes generate curiosity about what happens next. From the fifth episode onwards, the format of the series has changed. Twists & Freezer Van Fight raises more curiosity about the story. There are several characters and each character has its own goal. The way all these characters cross paths is very well written. Writer-director Pavan Sadineni shot the scenes in a very detailed manner and created a good drama.
The latter half of the series is highly engaging and moves at a quick pace. This is where most of the drama and action takes place. The link to the second season is also established in a clever manner. The way the story ends and how some key characters are unfinished gives us an idea that the second season will be even more interesting. Shravan Bharadwaj’s background score is terrific and created impact in many scenes. Keeping aside pacing issues in every few episodes, Dayaa offers an engaging ride with enough thrills to keep us glued throughout the series.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
Bottom-line: A Very Well-made Thrilling Series