ALTBalaji’s high-school youth drama Puncch Beat released in 2019 and picked up amongst the youth. It was solely because of the show’s relatability factor, its unique storyline, and the masala content that it. The first season received immense love from the viewers who enjoyed the package of action, drama, and romance all at once. And two years later, the show is back with Season 2. With the main focus on who will win the final battle between Priyank Sharma and Siddharth Sharma, the second season of the series picks up from where it left off. The series which is targeting millennials and their angst is ticking all the right boxes whether be it romance, drama, glamorous parties, and power-packed performances. Puncch Beat season 2 is bigger and better than the earlier season, be it in the form of production value, storytelling, murder mystery, or action sequences. The audience seems to be appreciating the show and finding it entertaining.
The show brings back popular characters from its debut season. The brooding rivalry between Rahat and Ranbir played by Priyank Sharma and Siddharth Sharma, will witness its peak and probably a conclusion. Then there are changing dynamics between the other batchmates in Rosewood High after last year’s events that take center stage in the second season.
Puncch Beat 2 has all the elements to become what is a sure-shot blockbuster. It has music, mystery and a lot of masala. Directed by Akshay Choubey, Puncch Beat 2 takes us to the scenic locales of Dehradun, it takes us to the valleys and the high mountains. The cinematography by Shanu Singh Rajput, and his highly efficient team of DOP, is commendable. They keep you tuned to the characters and the screenplay all the time. One can’t undermine Rahu Kurup and Prem Kumar’s production design. The richness of a high-class family, the exoticness of the venue, and at the same time, the passive experience that they create during the training sessions and in the boxing ring, need an ovation.
Right from the first minute, Puncch Beat 2 doesn’t delve into tergiversating. Without eschewing, the show dives deep into the murder mystery. Yes, if you haven’t figured it yet, the season deals with a murder mystery. The writing of the show is crisp and won’t let your attention pit-a-pat. Having said that, a few scenes could have been better written. For the unversed, this season not only deals with Murder but also Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Shahbaz Khan as the action director has worked neatly on all the action sequences. Especially the fighting sequences between Rahat and Ranbir are decent. Keeping in mind that the show is a youth drama, the music department could have pulled up their socks.
The cast members, Priyank Sharma, Samyuktha Hegde, Harshita Gaur, and Khushi Joshi, do a fine job. Priyank, Harshita and Nikki also manage to play their parts as directed. As for Siddharth Sharma, he has undergone quite the change for the role, and steers away from his on-screen image, therefore grabbing quite the eyeballs. The other cast members Kajol Tyagi, Nikhil Bhambri, Sindhuja Turlapati, Anuj Choudhary, Rushad Rana, Kasturi Banerjee and Mrinmai Kolwalkar in recurring add to the story.
Puncch Beat 2 doesn't disappoint us. It could have been crispier, however, it doesn't disappoint.