Action thriller web series “The Casino (2020) – My Game. My Rules’ was streamed on ZEE5 on 10th April 2020, the lockdown period. Due to unexpected quarantine, people were looking for entertainment from home. “The Casino (2020)”, original series on Zee5 came as a reprieve for them. The story is set in Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu, the largest gambling den. It is the story of the tussle, plotting, and counterplotting of an heir of a real money casino for his rights.
The role of heir to a multi-billion casino owner, Vicky, is played by Karanvir Bohra. He plays to be a rich but down to earth guy who loves to have fun in life. The rest of the star cast includes Sudhanshu Pandey, Mandana Karimi, and Aindrita Ray, Dhanveer, Rajesh Khera. Directed by Hardik Gujjar, The Casino (2020) is produced under the banner of Backbencher Films Private Limited. The music is composed by Shabbir Ahmed.
The plot of the web series revolves around the keeper of super-rich Nepal-based Casino owner Marwah played by Sudhanshu Pandey. The Keep character Rihana enacted by Mandana Karimi plays a casino dancer. With her tricks and manipulation, she has pulled Marwah under her influence. The end of every episode is a cliffhanger with Rihana’s fight for grabbing the riches through her deceptive techniques.
In the action-thriller The Casino (2020), Marwah’s son, Vicky fights out the devious plans of his father’s keep. The plot of astute mind games on the field of the casino where no one wants to lose over the 10 episodes. The story weaves around who plays what and who wins the throne of the cash-rich Casino.
The story between the father, mistress, and son on the field of Casino gets laid out pretty well in the first two episodes. The twists and turns, power hunger games are pretty laid out and enacted. The actors have played their part well, however, some senior actors would have brought more grace. In some places the minor plots in episodes mislead the viewers, losing sight of the main plot.
Overall, it has not fared well at the end of the audience. The majority of them have found it difficult to complete the 10 episode series due to poor direction, editing, and no depth in characters. There is a general perception that the web series has the best actors, good concept ideas, and glamour, tinsel and hyped up promo. But it has failed to live up to its reputation due to a thin storyline and below normal screenplay. It is evident in the rating given on IMDb which is 3.6 out of 10. This is one of the reasons why it has not been renewed for another season.
The backdrop of the web series The Casino could not be set in India. This is because, in India, casino gambling is legalized only in 3 states which have tourist footfall. Being a state subject, physical and online gambling is legalized in 3 Indian states – Goa, Daman, and Sikkim. Another city that will be joining the list is another tourist spot, Visakhapatnam.
All the other states are mostly using online casinos such as Royal Panda, LeoVegas, 10Cric, and more. There are many available Royal Panda promotions across the web, making the online casinos offer much more attractive than the land-based casinos (and safer). You can find promotions for any online casino you would like to play at and usually, the chances and sums of win are even higher than on regular casinos because of the huge bonuses and variety of games.
Online gambling has not many legal takers in India. In an estimate, almost 50% of the money earned in the Indian gambling market is illegal. Of late, government is mulling over the concept of making casinos and gambling legal. This will help the agencies in tracing any money routes to fund terrorism and drugs.
The most established online casinos are legal and are paying big sums in terms of taxes, which helps the state. So maybe the next movie will be about an online casino?