Netflix ‘CAT’ Series Review – The Informant


CAT, starring Randeep Hooda as Gurnam Singh, aka Gary, is about history repeating itself. The episodes open with flashbacks before continuing the current storyline. In these past events, we see a young Gary being used as a police informant. Inspector Sehtab Singh (Suvinder Vicky) refers to him as a cat (hence the title) because he helps kill all the rats (terrorists). In the current timeline, Sehtab again uses Gurnam as a cat to his advantage. Women are tortured and sexually abused in flashbacks. The present is also filled with such incidents, as women are also harassed. We learn how a husband assaulted a woman and how his wife took care of that woman. Something similar is repeated in the present. Previously, the police chased terrorists. Now they’re after the drug dealers. Crime is changing, but it still affects ordinary people, who are either forced off a bus and brutally shot, or become drug addicts. Then there’s the man who killed Gurnam’s parents. It comes back later, which means the past itself comes into the present.

In CAT, some characters are neither purely good nor bad. This makes the task of our informant, Gurnam, a little (emotionally) complicated. He might help the police catch a corrupt politician named Madame Aulakh (Geeta Agrawal Sharma). But this politician has a family and a tragic history where she does something good. Does that mean she should be forgiven? No, but she opens her arms and welcomes Gurnam into her lap. At one point in the series, she considers him part of her family and trusts him so much that she orders security not to follow her. “Gurnam hi mere liye kaafi hai,” she said something along those lines to her guards. Understandably, Gurnam is uncomfortable with the idea of ​​betraying his trust. Something similar happens earlier in the story when he becomes best friends with one of the criminals named Laadi (Dakssh Ajit Singh). Laadi places all her trust in Gurman and is overjoyed when the latter helps her celebrate her daughter’s birthday. As far as Laadi knows, Gurman was his brother. But then…

Generally, I’m hesitant about shows that use cliffhangers in every episode to hook the audience. It shows that the creators don’t trust their story to please us, and as a result, they have to resort to lazy tricks to make sure we tune in to the next episode and the next, and so on. While most of these cliffhangers build your excitement and keep you going, the following episodes are rarely able to justify the buildup. Take the one from CAT where someone is pointing their gun at Gurnam. In the next episode, the situation is resolved according to our expectations. All the enthusiasm is wasted and you are disappointed.

Another problem with CAT is the lack of finesse in the action sequences. The sight of men running and shooting bullets coupled with quick cuts serves as our action. The directors take the most basic route, which never even creates an iota of adrenaline. The opening credits are never played at a fixed time. In one episode they came after 20 minutes and shook me out of the experience. Why not have them only in the first episode? Or at least don’t play them too late because they suddenly take you out of the story, leaving you feeling like you’ve hit a pole. The chaos at a concert in the first episode is so steep that you don’t feel any confusion (you can spot the fakeness in people’s movement). Everything seems too planned. Watch the way the cops awkwardly hold a cheering fan (no wonder she escapes their clutches) or the way two characters, on the hunt for a drug dealer, stand in just the right place. When Gurman eats food from an enemy, we see him impulsively fire his gun a montage later.

However, nothing significant emerges from this moment. He never again has the irresistible urge to fire his gun at just about anyone (I’m not including this scene in the last episode because it would have happened regardless of the situation).

But despite all its flaws, CAT is an entertaining series that closes some parentheses and leaves things open for the future. Season 2 will most likely be international (be prepared for Canada). As for the first season, it has enough exciting meat to hold your attention. There were developments that I didn’t see coming, and they steered the story in some interesting directions. All the actors are good in their role, although I would like to mention Hasleen Kaur, who plays a policeman named Babita. Kaur says a lot through minimal gestures and expressions. You can still read his thoughts, which makes his character’s dialogues redundant. I would like to see her more in the future. I would also like to see the second season of CAT.

Final score- [7.5/10]
Reviewed by – Vikas Yadav
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Editor at Midgard Times