The Serpent Review: Charles was not a don, but the police of all the countries were behind him

The Serpent Review: In the webseries The Serpent released on Netflix, Allen aka Charles Sobhraj tells his girlfriend Monique, ‘Money comes, money goes. You just need to know where to find it. With his snakes-eye and breathless breath, he is seen hunting for money in every scene. The coolness of his character is scary. The cruelty of his face seems to be hidden under the icy surface. His expressions do not fluctuate, but he can prove to be fatal by swooping at any moment. This is a watchable series. In which you will especially see the world of 1970s.

Charles Sobhraj has been one of the most popular names in the world of crime in the last sixty-sixty five years. Many of his crimes were counted, but few could be proved. These include robbery, swindle, murders from 400 BC to more than a dozen. Charles, a French citizen, committed most of the crimes in Paris, Bangkok (Thailand) and Nepal. He roamed around the world, including the US-Europe, on fake passports. In India, he was seen in Kashmir, Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kolkata and Goa. But the crimes for which he should be maligned, earned him fame. He became very popular with us because of his Indian connection. Sobhraj’s father was an Indian, Sindhi businessman. Who married a local woman in Vietnam. Then divorced.

The Serpent Review: Charles was not a don, but the police of all the countries were behind him, see the truth

The serpent brings up Sobhraj’s style of guilt with his life. Here you mainly see him committing a crime for two things. First money and second passport. While in Bangkok, Allen (Tahar Rahim) roams the world over the identity of others, putting pictures of himself, girlfriend Monique (Jenna Coleman) and friend Ajay (Amish Adirevera) on the passport of the slain. He hunts young tourists affected by the hippie wave of the 1970s. Calls them to stay in their apartments instead of Bangkok’s hotels. Drunk. Makes you sick Robs again. Murders them as well. He is different from those criminals who leave a mark or evidence on the occasion. But the crime always has many ends and the relatives of the two young men of Holland who murdered Allen, write a letter to their embassy in Bangkok. Their children are missing. The embassy’s junior officer Nippenberg (Billy Howell) is activated and he soon learns that someone has burned these Dutch citizens alive. In this way, the noose of law begins to grow towards Allen aka Charles Sobhraj. The story ahead of this is long.

The Serpent Review: Charles was not a don, but the police of all the countries were behind him, see the truth

The serpent shows Sobhraj’s layers of crime, his cunning, his cold cruelty, trapping people and escaping without leaving evidence. The police of all the countries of the world are behind him and Charles says, ‘It doesn’t matter how good they are in catching. I will always be ahead of him in the matter of absconding. Her speed gives her character glamor. Eight episodes of one-an-hour of webseries keep the viewer engaged. The dialogues of the series are mainly in English and French but it can also be seen in Hindi. Here the story flutters like a snake, slips a gallop and does not give the viewer a chance to think. His girlfriend Monique is constantly with Sobhraj. The story also tells that Charles is not real close to anyone.

The Serpent Review: Charles was not a don, but the police of all the countries were behind him, see the truth
Slipping out of the hands of the Nepal Police, running from jail after being arrested in a large robbery of jewels in a five-star hotel in India and dodging the French police are the biggest absurdities in Sobhraj’s life. After being arrested for the second time in India, Sobhraj leaves a long sentence and reaches Nepal after staying out for a few years. So that it gets caught. Sobhraj’s drama till date no one understood why he did it. According to Nippenberg, who has been preparing a case against him to arrest and punish Charles for his whole life and add links to his crimes, ‘Charles loves two things in life. First slander and second absconding. But Sobhraj, very confident, has not yet found a way to escape from Nepal jail. There he has been sentenced to life imprisonment and now he is around 80 years old.

The Serpent Review: Charles was not a don, but the police of all the countries were behind him, see the truth

If you have seen the Randeep Hooda starrer film Main and Charles in 2015, you must also watch it. You will be able to know how much difference is there between the understanding of Bollywood and foreign filmmakers. Most of the actors in this series are French. Tahar Rahim, who plays Charles Sobhraj, is unmatched and Monique-turned-Jenna Coleman is remembered for her acting. Other actors fit their roles. Writers and directors did not let the story loose. The series has been shot in all international locations. This is the reason why you also take a tour of the world with Charles Sobhraj in The Serpent. Without passport-visa.

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