"Kohrra," a 2023 Punjabi-language crime drama series on Netflix, is a riveting exploration of a murder mystery set against the backdrop of contemporary Punjab. Created by Sudip Sharma, it masterfully combines compelling performances, intricate storytelling, and sharp direction. The narrative intricately weaves together the lives of a bereaved family and two dedicated detectives as they unravel the truth. Amidst lush landscapes, history, and the Punjabi psyche, the series offers a thought-provoking examination of the human condition. Praised for its screenplay, acting, and direction, "Kohrra" is a slow-burning gem that captivates audiences with its surprises and leaves them satisfied with its conclusive ending. Rotten Tomatoes certified it as fresh with a 100% rating.
“Kohrra” is a 2023 Indian Punjabi-language crime thriller and police procedural series available for streaming on Netflix. It was crafted by Sudip Sharma and helmed by director Randeep Jha.
Produced in partnership with Netflix by Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films, the show features a stellar cast including Barun Sobti, Harleen Sethi, Suvinder Vicky, Saurav Khurana, Rachel Shelley, and Manish Chaudhary in prominent roles. “Kohrra” made its debut on Netflix on July 15, 2023, offering viewers an engaging narrative in the realm of crime and police investigations.
Tragedy strikes just days before a wedding as the groom meets an untimely demise. Can the police successfully uncover the identity of the killer?
- Vishal Handa as Tejinder ‘Paul’ Dhillon, an NRI, lawyer in London, Steve’s son, Veera’s fiancé, Liam’s best friend
- Ivantiy Novak as Liam Murphy, a British national, Clara’s son, Paul’s best friend
- Barun Sobti as Assistant sub-inspector of police Amarpal Jasjit Garundi, Police station Jagrana, Punjab Police, Jung’s younger brother, Rajji’s brother-in-law, Silky’s fiance
- Suvinder Vicky as Sub-inspector Balbir Singh, Police station Jagrana, Punjab Police, Nimrat’s Father, Raman’s Father-in-law, Golu’s maternal Grandfather
- Rachel Shelley as Clara Murphy, Liam’s mother, Steve Dhillon’s family friend from UK
- Manish Chaudhary as Satwinder ‘Steve’ Dhillon, Paul’s father, Manna’s elder brother, Jaswinder’s husband
- Harleen Sethi as Nimrat Kaur, Balbir’s daughter, Raman’s wife, Golu’s mother, Karan Gill’s girlfriend
- Lokesh Batta as Karan Gill, Nimrat’s love interest, Samsher’s Grandchild
- Mahabir Bhullar as Shamsher Gill, Owner of Gill Construction, Karan’s Grandfather
- Saurav Khurana as Saakar Khurana, an instagram rapper, Veera’s ex-boyfriend
- Varun Badola as Maninder ‘Manna’ Dhillon, Steve’s younger brother, Happy’s father, Paul’s uncle, Jassi’s brother-in-law
- Aanand Priya as Veera Soni, Paul’s fiancée, Saakar’s ex-girlfriend
- Arjuna Bhalla as Jaswinder ‘Jassi’ Dhillon, Steve’s wife, Paul’s mother, Manna’s sister-in-law
- Ekavali Khanna as Indira Chhabra, widow of a police informer Navdeep Chhabra
- Amaninder Pal Singh as Happy Dhillon, Manna’s son, owner of Happy car showroom, Jagrana
- Zubin Mehta as Raman Singh, Nimrat’s husband, Golu’s Dad, Balbir’s son in law
- Gantavya Sharma as Param ‘Golu’ Singh, Raman and Nimrat’s son, Balbir’s Grandson
- Dishi Duggal as Veera’s mother
- Rakesh Singh as Veera’s father
- Hardeep Guru as Head constable Jaggi, Police station Jagrana, Punjab police
- Lakha Singh as SHO Sukhpal Mangat, Police station Jagrana, Punjab police
- Sudeep Singh as SSP Ajeet Sikka, Punjab police
- Navtej Johar as Dr Paramjit Johal, Medical expert and Government Doctor
- Tarun Kapoor as Divorce Lawyer of Nimrat
- Sumit Gulati as Parmod Kumar, Private bus driver, Employee of Jarnail Transport
- Vikas Neb as Navdeep ‘Nopi’ Chabbra, an informer of SI Balbir Singh, Indira’s dead husband
- Murari Kumar as Manoj Kumar, Mehndi artist, relative of Parmod Kumar
- Ekta Sodhi as Rajji Garundi, Amarpal’s sister-in-law, Jung’s wife
- Pardeep Singh Cheema as Jung Garundi, a farmer from Jagrana, Punjab, Amarpal’s elder brother, Rajji’s husband
- Veerpal Kaur Gill as Police Constable Satnam, Police station Jagrana, Punjab police
- Gaurav Grover as Harmandeep Sodhi, Crime journalist for News Channel Sadda pind 365
- Muskan Arora as Silky, Amarpal’s fiancée
- Bittu Gupta as Kinny, Kabbadi player from Nakowal, Punjab, Rano’s boyfriend
- Sneha Singh as Rano, Girl with whom Kinny was having sex in the morning in the open field near the murder site of NRI Paul Dhillon
- Rajinder Singh as Punjabi Journalist beaten by rod by Steve Dhillon
- Rohit Sharma as attendant at Gas station
- Narendra Thakur as Steve Dhillon’s house help in India
- Samuel John as Shinda, Truck driver
- Navdeep Singh as Toti, cleaner of truck driver Shinda
- Neeraj Kaushik as Satish Ahuja, Drug supplier
- Arman Kokri as Kartik Ahuja, Satish’s Son
- Tabish Raj as Manager at Chaska Bar
- Rik Dev as Waiter at Chaska Bar
- Deepak Arora as Manager, Happy Car Showroom, Jagrana, Punjab
- Mahender Singh as Kulli’s Landlord
- Rajesh Khurana as Manager, Baba ji da pizza
- Inderpal Singh as Pizza delivery Guy, Baba ji da pizza
- Jaga Singh as Kulli, Drug dealer and delivery boy of Baba ji da pizza food cart
- Sukhwinder Virk as Kulli’s mother
- Karan Chibber as Bank Manager, Induslund bank
- Vishipreet as Roop, Truck driver Shinda’s lover
- Simmi as Eunuch
- Babita Kapoor as Shinda’s wife
- Anmol Charan as Shinda’s son
- Abhimanyu Yadav as Body builder at Gym, Ex Wrestling player, Punjab
- Suhana as Little Nimrat Kaur
- Akaash Shemar as Teen Paul Dhillon
- Lewis Baxter as Teen Liam Murphy
The series was formally introduced to the public through a Netflix press release in May 2023. The initial promotional poster featuring the main stars, Barun Sobti and Suvinder Vicky, was unveiled during the same month.
The series made its debut on Netflix on July 15, 2023.
Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV commended the series for its exceptional acting, screenplay, and direction, awarding it a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He remarked, “The series effectively delves into the challenges faced by a grieving family and the two dedicated detectives tasked with uncovering the truth.”
Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express described “Kohrra,” crafted by Sudip Sharma, as a brilliantly executed drama that seamlessly combines elements of a murder mystery with a deep exploration of contemporary Punjab and its people, their surroundings, and history.
Archika Khurana of The Times of India also gave the series 3.5 stars out of 5, noting that it provides a satisfying and conclusive ending, leaving viewers content.
Shilajit Mitra, writing for The Hindu, drew a parallel between “Kohrra” and the film “Memories of Murder” (2003), both beginning with the discovery of a body in a vast, lush field. He appreciated the way the series captured the essence of a small-town setting.
Devansh Sharma from Hindustan Times pointed out that despite the fast-paced trailer and Sudip Sharma’s previous work, “Kohrra” offers a wealth of surprises in its slow-burning narrative.
In addition, “Kohrra” achieved a coveted 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating widespread critical acclaim.