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Pod prikritie (TV Series 2011– )

  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 17,947 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 17 April 2011 (Bulgaria)
  • Runtime: Bulgaria:60 min (with commercials)
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Pod prikritie (TV Series 2011– )

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  • IMDb page: Pod prikritie (TV Series 2011– )
  • Rate: 8.7/10 total 17,947 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: 17 April 2011 (Bulgaria)
  • Runtime: Bulgaria:60 min (with commercials)
  • Director: Javor Gardev
  • Stars: Vladimir Penev, Zahary Baharov, Mihail Bilalov | See full cast and crew

Writing Credits By:

  • Emil Andreev (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
  • Iordan Bankov (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
  • Aleksandar Chobanov (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
  • Vania Nikolova (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
  • Aleksandar Spasov (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
  • Georgi Ivanov (12 episodes, 2011)
  • Teodora Vasileva (12 episodes, 2011)
  • Victor Bojinov (12 episodes, 2012-2013)

Known Trivia

    Plot: The specially trained agent Martin has been appointed to the most dangerous mission in Bulgaria – to go undercover in the gang of the mafia boss Djaro… See more »

    Story: The specially trained agent Martin has been appointed to the most dangerous mission in Bulgaria – to go undercover in the gang of the mafia boss Djaro. On his way he has to encounter a lot of challenges in order to completely become part of the criminal world. His task becomes more complicated when he meets the big boss’s girl Sunny. While undercover he gets a promotion in the mafia hierarchy and becomes part of the world – full of crime, violence and corruption. “Undercover” is a modern crime series which realistically depicts the reality of the underground world in Bulgaria. It is a fictional series and is not related to any real persons. However the plot contains a number of real events happening in the modern life that cover the pages of newspapers and magazines-gangster wars, drug market redistribution, forgery, gun shots in the city center, corruption schemes, bank robberies etc. Written bySIA EAD

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Victor Bojinov known as associate producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Ivan Doykov known as executive producer / producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Dimitar Gochev known as producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Dimitar Mitovski known as producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Evgeni Trenev known as line producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Rosen Tzankov known as producer (36 episodes, 2011-2013)

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Vladimir Penev known as Popov / known as (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Zahary Baharov known as Ivo / known as (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Mihail Bilalov known as Petyr Tudjarov – Djaro (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Kiril Efremov known as Tisho (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Milena Nikolova known as Adriana (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Alexander Sano known as Zdravko Kiselov – Kosuma (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Ivaylo Zahariev known as Martin Hristov (34 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Vencislav Yankov known as Niki (32 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Marian Valev known as Rosen Gatzev – Kukata (29 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Lilia Marvilya known as Margarita Popova (27 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Teodora Duhovnikova known as Elitsa Vladeva (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
    • Koyna Ruseva known as Boyana (17 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Tzvetana Maneva known as Tzveta Andonova (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Irena Miliankova known as Silviq Veleva – Sunny (14 episodes, 2011)
    • Hristo Mutafchiev known as Alexander Mironov (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Stanislav Ianevski known as Angel Yakimov – Geleto (12 episodes, 2011)
    • Petar Popyordanov known as Momchil Neshev (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Georgi Staykov known as Anton Damyanov (10 episodes, 2011-2012)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Anna Ivanova known as assistant makeup artist (25 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Ivon Ivanova known as makeup department head (25 episodes, 2011-2012)
    • Lubomir Petrov known as hair stylist (12 episodes, 2012-2013)




    Production Companies:

    • SIA Advertising

    Other Companies:

    • Talent Partners Casting  casting


    • BNT (2011) (Bulgaria) (TV)



    Other Stuff

    Release Date:
    • Bulgaria 17 April 2011



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Zlati from Bulgaria
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      OK, first things first – these TV series are Bulgarian. This is veryimportant, since, even if at some point you are able to find alocalized (translated) version, maybe you will understand the plot, butwon't be able to feel the movie and re-live (some) of the story. Unlessyou come from a post-communist Eastern Bloc country.

      The plot is a classical gangster action-drama, similar to "TheGodfather" or "Brigada". It features nice, realistic, almost fullybelievable characters – actually, most of the Bulgarians can easilyrecognize someone they know in the movie characters: Be it the mighty,well-connected boss; or his spectacularly sexy wife; or hislieutenants, fit with the appropriate black SUVs; or maybe the cops,filled with hatred for the world they can't understand. The seriesdon't lack action – on the contrary – in every episode there is someeye-candy: for example a hot pursuit or gun-fight. Not too much, butstill enough to take you out of the theater-style in-room-only dialogdrama. Actually I love the way it was shot – combined with theintriguing plot it can be considered the best Bulgarian-made productionever.

      The only downside of the series is the persistent desire of Bulgarianactors to over-do and over-act and over-pronounce. Especially ifcompared to a Hollywood-style counterpart, the differences in theacting are just annoying. For example, all the characters useexcessively heavy grammar structures and just so perfectly correctpronunciation, even in the most intimate or action-filled parts – whichmight be applicable to the 8 o'clock news, but simply destroys thecredibility of the scene. Leaves you thinking about the bad acting, notthe story, not the plot, not the intrigue. This is such a major faultfor me, that the movie would get 6/10 if it wasn't Bulgarian. That issome kind of chauvinism – but I believe the otherwise almost flawless"Под прикритие"'s creators should be encouraged to keep up the lovelywork.

      All in all, if you are Bulgarian, you are going to love it. Otherwise,it is very probable that you will at least enjoy it.

    2. theromanslayer from United Kingdom
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      There is a scene in the sixth episode of the first season where thecharacter 'Ivo' is explaining to his boss, the seasoned mafia don'Djaro', the step-by-step procedures of the preparation for a daringheist that is worth millions. The scene is set in a gymnasium hall withlarge mat in the middle used for martial arts practice. As 'Ivo' issitting down on a chair just by the mat, 'Djaro' disapprovingly looksat his shoes which are partly resting on it. 'Ivo' duly takes his feetoff the mat. Why is this significant, you may ask? Well, it doesn'tcontribute much to the plot, but what it is, is a nod from thedirector: 'I know what I'm doing'. The beauty is in the detail and innearly every scene in Pod Prikritie, there is something which functionsto make it memorable, whether it be the camera angle/positioning, thelighting, the set, or a simple gesture by one of the actors. All thewhile, the brilliant score provides the necessary emotional backdropagainst which the characters' sentiments can be played out.

      A few of the reviews here take a highly critical approach towards thisseries, without providing much evidence to justify it. Pod Prikritiedeserves so much more than this intellectual myopia. For starters, theacting, with perhaps one single exception, is marvellous. For mepersonally, the jewel in the crown is Mihail Bilalov who is simplymagnificent in the role of 'Djaro' – Pod Prikritie's primaryantagonist. Think of him as a more menacing, less humorous version ofJack Nicholson's character 'Frank Costello' from The Departed. From hisfacial expressions to his body language, he is a master of his role andcreates a character who is both believable as a human being and as theemblematic face of Bulgarian mafia.

      Pod Prikritie's realism is undisputed, and as much as that is acompliment, it is also ironically the point of contention for mostBulgarians. They know this reality; they see it on a daily basis. Sowhy watch it on TV as well? That said, many of the characters havegathered a cult following, while quite a few of their lines haveentered the standard Bulgarian lingo.

      Coming back to The Departed, Pod Prikritie has often been compared toScorsese's Oscar-winning crime feature. In many ways it is better: lessstylized and more convincing. It is hardly surprising that so manyforeign distributors have expressed a genuine interest in showing it inother countries. No doubt, the universal appeal of the crime genrealways helps, but Pod Prikritie is as good a representative of it asany production you can think of, be it on the silver screen or ontelevision.

    3. assiaag from Bulgaria
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      Personally I like the show very much. The main characterMartin/Zahariev is great looking guy, very well chosen for the role andyet he leaves me frustrated because he has such a good appearance butvery poor acting skills. I believe with some help he can improvethough.Sunny is no good sorry is devastating how stiff she is.Djaro/Bilalov on the other hand is great I've never thought it'spossible. If this was an American show he can be most definitelyconsidered for Emmy nomination. As for Ivo/Baharov…well I can't thinkof anything bad to say for him either! He is sexy, bad…every woman'sfantasy. His acting is very convincing. When a bad character makes youroot for him that definitely means he's doing his job very well. Popov,Kosuma, Kukata are also great characters in the show, very memorable.As for the story I would not change a bit of it. Every Bulgarian knowsthat's like a true story. I sure hope that more people will be able tosee it in the future. I can't wait for the 3th season!

    4. Dimitar Ivanov from Bulgaria
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      Under cover (Pod prikritie) are a real top world class TV series. Theonly real problem for it to become hit in other countries is that it'sin Bulgarian language. That's not actually something that I consider as"bad".

      The plot of the movie is quite classical – there is a mafiaorganization and there is a cop which is undercover. What makes itreally different than other "hollywood" movies is: 1. There is no"absolute" (good or bad) characters. Everybody has his own good and badcharacteristics. You can see corrupted cops and corrupted judges on theside of the "good guys" and you can see good sides of people in themafia side.

      2. The connections between the different groups is at a very deeplevel. The series have a good plot.

      3. There is always a surprise! The scenarists are definitely feelingwhat the audience thinks and they are taking well-balanced notes. Theydefinitely know when one character is exhausted and they know when totake it off (killed).

      As a summary – the first season is awesome. Very realistic. The secondseason is not worse, despite the little moving away from the realism.The third season focused more on the action (shootings, chases, etc).It's definitely for a little bit different audience taste, but again -it's not worse than others. What could make a little bad impression inthe third season are the "hidden" advertisements. They are not too"hidden" at all…

      It's surprising how the producers managed to keep the top level of theseries for such a long time with such a low budget. That's a productionwhich deserves to be watched!

    5. thetruthshallout from United States
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      I consider Pod Prikritie, Season 1, to be as good as anything everproduced for TV anywhere in the world.

      The show's original writing team (T. Vasileva and G. Ivanov) impress inSeason 1 with creating fascinating characters, setting up the majorconflicts and intricate story lines within the Bulgarian Mafiaunderworld.

      The story, as the title ("Undercover") suggests, is about a cop whoinfiltrates an underworld organization. Yes, it's been done before,most recently in "The Departed", which was itself a Hollywood remake ofa Hong Kong movie. The twist here is, well, it's a social commentarydisguised as a TV series about the Bulgarian mafia.

      The actors are all top notch. One actor's performance in particularstands out as a tour-de-force. Not enough can be said about thebrilliant Mihail Bilalov, as the sociopath/crime boss "Jaro" (PeterTodjarov), who dominates throughout Season 1. It would be anunderstatement to say that he steals every scene.

      Bilalov's Jaro is that rare performance that reminds one of the powerof Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs". Infact, if Hannibal Lecter was a Bulgarian crime boss, he might have beensomebody much like Jaro. Only, he would be cannibalizing an entiresociety.

      (As an interesting bit of trivia, Mihail Bilalov only recentlyresurrected his acting career. Previously, he had given up acting forthe past 20 years and worked as a landscape architect in France.)

      The directors of the series have done a great job of getting the storyon film with impressive visual flare. There is plenty of heart-poundingaction, poignant drama, sex, forbidden romance, black comedy andnerve-rattling suspense.

      The series, which is filmed in Bulgaria, has the production values oneusually sees only in major Hollywood studio productions. At the moment(January 2013), Pod Prikritie (Undercover) is only available onBulgarian TV or on the internet (without English subtitles).

      Pod Prikritie has universal qualities and it will definitely appeal tointernational audiences. The series has been bought by an Americancompany (New Films International) and, hopefully, will eventually bedistributed in other markets.

      I would not be surprised if this show ends up getting remade byHollywood one day.

      In conclusion…

      Season 1 is brilliant. (I attribute this fact most of all to theoriginal writing team. Watch the pilot of the series for a master-classdemonstration of how to set up a gripping story and introduceunforgettable characters.)

      Season 2 is… well, still very good. (Although, one can see that theseries has lost the brilliance of Season 1. Hint, the original writers- Vasileva & Ivanov – moved on to work on a different show and werereplaced by other screenwriters.)

      Season 3 is… unfortunately, a rather mediocre type of affair. Gone isthe sophistication of the story lines and characters. Even the greatBilalov does not have much to work with here. The writing gets betteraround mid-season, but it's obvious that the whole production hasfailed to sustain the high standards of Season 1 and Season 2… Thestory lines and the characters are much more "on the nose" anduninspired. (Hint, again, the writing team of Season 2 were replaced bynew writers and you can tell.) In Season 3 there is more emphasis onpure action and less on character development and suspense. It actuallyfeels like a different series altogether.

      Overall, this is a series worthy of a worldwide audience. My advice isto watch Season 1 & 2 (the story wraps up nicely with Season 2). Butbeware of potential disappointment with Season 3 and proceed at yourown risk.

    6. anomis_ananda from Bulgaria
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      I've read the other user reviews and I must disagree with those who saythat these TV series are bad in any way! The actors are very wellsuited for their parts and you can see the characters' developmentalong with the evolution of the cast's acting skills. The plot is edgyand well written, with minor flaws, but which movie doesn't have flaws?There are a few actors/actresses who fail to depict a proper characterand whose language skills while being a part of their dialogues, arepurely awful (Irena Miliankova "Sunny" and Milena Nikolova "Adriana"),but the rest are doing a great job.

      The screenplay is extremely close to the world of modern Bulgaria- thepolitical games, the judicial system problems, the corruption, theunderground mob hiding behind the dirty world of business, the drugmarkets… Whoever says this is far away from our reality, is someonewho lives in a pink soap bubble and has no real idea about thecontemporary world in our country! Even some of the scenes are based onactual events and scandals, involving famous political figures and mobbosses.

      I give it a 9/10 because I know it's not perfect, but it still is thebest from Bulgarian cinema I've seen since the mid 1990's.

    7. Zahari Zahariev from Amsterdam
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      The sophistication of the TV series is beyond all expectations of theaverage viewer. Watching this astonishing sitcom you will experienceunique insight into the underground world of some members of the 21-thcentury Bulgarian society. The twists and turns in all of the episodesvividly remind of Shakespeare Reinaissance characters of the era. Theendless spirit of the characters transports us into a parallel universewhere the power is endless and unprecedented.It might seem surprisingthat only now Zahari Baharov won the Ascer Prize for Best Actor and twoyears after his nomination for Golden Nipple — his major role, firstpublished in Semkovo in 1992, appearing in English translation. Thenagain, politically radical fiction is often a tough sell in our market.While Kukata was an outspoken member of his community in his best-knownwork his politics are embedded in allegory or fantasy, allowing readersto view them as loosely humanist or to overlook them entirely.

    8. Az Azov
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      Mihail Bilalov (Djaro) is the PERFECT actor for a mafia boss. Hislooks, his manners, his form of speech, there's nothing wrong with howhe portrays his character. He's just incredible. So is the rest of thecasting crew (with few exceptions). I'm happy that the Bulgariantaxpayer's money are finally going into something worth watching. Inthe series there are a lot of Bulgarian inside jokes, so I assume itwould be slightly harder for international viewers to understand thejokes from time to time. Otherwise the show may not be introducing newthings to the genre (is that even possible nowadays?), but it'sperfecting on the most important parts. TV series like Breaking Badhave much more higher budgets and their production quality is waybetter, but Pod Prikritie (Undercover) is still a worthy opponent.

    9. user-580-745532 from Bulgaria
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      One of the best Bulgarian TV series ever! Great script, which is veryclose to real life and the real mafia in Bulgaria no so long ago.

      Also the artists are just great!!! They play wonderful and veryprofessional.

      I want to say huge THANK you to the producers and all actors of this TVSeries. Keep on the great work!

      I am still watching season 1 but I'm already captured by the action andstunning moments. It keeps my attention every minute.

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    10. larskollind from Sweden
      04 Apr 2013, 5:20 pm

      Finally with English subs!! :)search for "pod prikritie English" onyoutube.

      Gl and enjoy this great series!

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