Parents' Guide to

Shantaram

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

White savior story has sex work, heroin in Indian slums.

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By opening with an exhilarating prison break, this series sets viewers up with expectations of action and suspense that it just can't seem to deliver on in subsequent episodes. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Shantaram has everything needed for a hit at first glance -- gorgeous imagery set in an exotic locale, a charismatic sidekick (played by Shubham Saraf), a budding romance, political intrigue, and plenty of shirtless shots of Charlie Hunnam. Sadly, though, the show's writers couldn't find a way to successfully trim down the nearly 1,000-page book into a captivating tale. Instead we get the central character, Lin, talking ad nauseam about redemption and freedom, but continually getting in his own way. Again and again he makes a bad choice, gets himself tangled up in something illegal, is surprised when people get hurt, and ends up putting himself in harm's way to try to make it right. It's a tiring cycle that relies on a troubling White savior complex. Ultimately, nothing here is fresh enough here to keep audiences interested for long.

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