The prevalent tensions between India and Pakistan have made way for several scripts in Bollywood. Kaafir, a ZEE5 Original web series, too shares a similar theme. However, Bhavani Iyer’s writing and Sonam Nair’s direction in this Dia Mirza, Mohit Raina-starrer digital drama is unlike any other. Yes, Indo-Pak conflict is one of the main narratives running through the episodes, but more importantly, the show is a lesson on humanity, like we said in our review earlier. Kaafir started streaming on ZEE5 on 22 June 2019 onwards. It traces the story of a Pakistani woman Kainaaz Akhtar (Dia Mirza) who gets falsely accused of terrorism and is jailed in India. Lawyer-turned-journalist Vedant Rathod (Mohit Raina) embarks on a mission to send Kainaaz and her daughter Seher (Dishita Jain) safely back to Pakistan with due respect.
On the very day of its release, Kaafir created a stir amongst viewers and sparked a discussion much needed. Sections of the press and viewers, both, applauded the brilliant acting by Dia, Dishita, and Mohit while also backing the powerful message – ‘Humanity is my only religion.’
The movie has been well received, both by viewers and critics. It has been applauded by everyone who has seen it. Firstpost gave it a 4-star rating and said, “Kaafir attempts to inject hope, peace, and goodwill within a system marred by hatred and prejudices. But what is more delightful is that it does so organically and with ease, instead of banking heavily on jingoistic didacticism, a stance which most creators tend to take.” The Quint said in its review that, “‘Kaafir’ turns out to be a complete package, with an engaging storyline, strong script and powerful dialogues,” giving it 4 stars. The Indian Express too hailed the ZEE5 Original as “promising.” Desimartini gave 4/5 stars writing, “Dia Mirza tears up the screen with her searing glances.”
In.com gave it 3 stars out of 5 and raved about little Dishita’s performance in its review, “The chit of a girl also excels at delivering difficult dialogues with supreme ease whenever the need arises.” PeepingMoon.com praises, ” Dia and Mohit are pitch-perfect, belting out heart-rendering performances in this Siddharth P Malhotra and Zee 5’s collaboration,” giving the series a 3.5/5 rating.
Meanwhile, Twitter has been flooded with positive remarks for Dia and Mohit’s Kaafir.
Bipasha Basu loved Kaafir and was choked at many places.
@deespeak Dia my love … #Kaafir choked me at so many places… your and Mohit’s characters touched me and my heart and made me cry … you and your entire team are brilliant.
Loved loved Kaafir. God bless you all🙏
— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) June 24, 2019
“It’s so human, so special,” said Sophie Choudry after watching Kaafir.
Saw all of #Kaafir ..It’s so human, so special..Needed time to process my emotions cos it made me smile, weep, feel torn all at once. @mohituraina u r so gifted, so wonderful. @deespeak ur best work..beautiful! Lil dishita is an angel. Congrats to the entire team❤️🙏🏼 @chink_ster
— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) July 9, 2019
Film and TV actor Annup Sonii called it a brilliant watch in his tweet.
— Annup Sonii (@soniiannup) July 25, 2019
Got to watch Kaafir – very well directed gripping series & fabulous acting by @deespeak; shuns stereotypical jingoistic notions weaved around Indo-Pak relations by both sides
— Jaiveer Shergill (@JaiveerShergill) July 21, 2019
Devraj Sanyal tweeted that he and Nikita Sanyal were blown away by Kaafir.
Just finished #Kaafir on @ZEE5Premium & hand on heart it blew me & @NikitaSanyal away with its sheer ability to tell a hardhitting story with its lead actors @deespeak @mohituraina doing immense justice to their roles, @sonamnair killing it on #BhavaniIyer’s riveting story. pic.twitter.com/IjD5oMTVgZ
— Devraj Sanyal (@DevrajSanyal) June 27, 2019
Watching #Kaafir feels like living with characters Kainaaz & Vedant, every scene is so beautifully picturized, Especially when Kainaaz cried after getting the news of her father’s death it gives you goosebumps. Series close to heart and mind.@deespeak @mohituraina @sidpmalhotra
— Rinku Ray (@Rinku_Ray) July 15, 2019
@deespeak loved each episode of Kaafir.. you and Mohit Raina are fabulous! Binge watched the full season in one go. Very emotional story with a strong message for neighbouring countries. Wishing you good luck!
— neha sondhi (@nehasondhi) July 10, 2019
#Kaafir on @ZEE5Premium is the most beautiful series you will watch rt now. Career-best performances by @mohituraina @deespeak , authentic direction by @chink_ster , amazing cinematography & art direction, great message, this series is just perfect. Must watch!!
— Jashan Joshi (@jashanjoshi) July 10, 2019
#Kaafir is defo the bestest webseries. fantastic perf by @mohituraina @deespeak touched my heart in a way that I had tears with every scene…no words can do justice to define the beauty of this show…the underlying emotional bonding was so subtly but beautifully shown
— Aditi Bhattacherjee (@adoremevirgo) July 10, 2019
Just finished watching #Kaafir. Words are actually short to describe such a beautiful show. It was a delight to see @deespeak and @mohituraina together. Such beautiful series should be made time n again, which opens your mind and eyes.
— swati v (@swativ1) July 10, 2019
— Kunal M Shah (@iamkunalmshah) July 7, 2019
What are you waiting for? Watch Kaafir now exclusively on ZEE5.