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TV Show Review: Code Red

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Danger, alertness, urgency – these are just a few words that we associate with the phrase ‘Code Red’. So does the show ‘Code Red’, which recently hit Indian television screens, justify its promising title?

‘Code Red’ is Colors’ youngest baby. It is a crime show which premiered on the channel on 19th January, 2015. The show has been allotted the 10:30- 11:30 pm time slot, and will feature from Monday till Saturday. The show is being hosted by eminent soap actress Sakshi Tanwar.

Code Red indicates Colors’ foray into the thrilling genre of crime. It dwells on three important themes: Umeed (hope), awaaz (voice) and Chakravyuh (strategy). It narrates stories related to the lives of common people which bring out the frailties in human character. It shows the vulnerability that we all face when we find ourselves in situations that are beyond our control. It depicts reactions and responses that human beings have to the struggles of everyday life.

A typical episode begins with the presentation of a tangible issue. Through the course of the episode, we get to see how the protagonist handles the issue at hand; how he or she tackles difficult circumstances, takes life-changing decisions and then bears the consequences of these decisions. The episode culminates on a moralistic note, providing viable solutions for handling the problem.

The general response to ‘Code Red’ has been tepid. As of now, the show has not offered anything fresh to the jaded Indian audience. Crime and thriller are genres that have, in the past also, failed to rise up to expectations. The heat on ‘Code Red’ is intensified due to constant comparison with shows like Crime Patrol. The producers need to encourage their team to churn out something unique (and soon). Originality and novelty can take this show to success; the lack of it, however, could lead to a ‘code red’ situation.

The official trailer of Colors’ ‘Code Red’ featuring host Sakshi Tanwar.

Kriti Sharma is studying BCom (Hons) at Hansraj College. She has a myriad interests, writing being just one of them. A debater, a scholar, a fashionista, she is more of an outdoors person who likes to run 6-8 km a day, just to clear her head. She is an ‘Army Brat’, but an unlikely one. Reading a book by lantern light in a tent by the banks of river Indus after a hard day’s trek in the mountains is her idea of bliss. She wants to be an investment banker but admits that writing lets her escape into a world of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.

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