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The Kashmir Files box office collection Day 1: Anupam Kher’s film has brilliant opening, mints Rs 3.55 crore

The Kashmir Files starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty released on March 11. The film, which faced many hiccups prior to its release, saw a brilliant opening of Rs 3.55 crore.

Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty’s film, The Kashmir Files has finally seen the light of the day. The movie released as per its schedule on March 11 amid multiple legal barriers. Helmed by Vivek Agnihotri, The Kashmir Files is a true story based on the lives of the Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. The film released in limited theatres. Despite the same, it collected a steady sum of Rs 3.55 crore.

THE KASHMIR FILES: DAY 1 COLLECTION

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, co-starring Anupam Kher and Mithun Chakraborty, The Kashmir Files faced multiple hiccups before it finally saw the light of the day yesterday, March 11. Reportedly, The Kashmir Files is running in selected theatres (630-plus screens). Despite this, the film saw a steady growth of Rs 3.55 on the first day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the box office number and also predicted that the film would see a solid jump over the weekend.

ABOUT THE KASHMIR FILES

The Kashmir Files is based on the life of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990, during the Kashmir insurgency. Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the film is produced by Tej Narayan Agarwal, Abhishek Agarwal, Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri under the Zee Studios, IAmBuddha and Abhishek Agarwal Arts banners. The ensemble cast comprises Mithun Chakraborty as Brahma Dutt, Anupam Kher as Pushkarnath, Darshan Kumar as Krishna Pandit, Pallavi Joshi as Radhika Menon, Bhasha Sumbali as Shraddha Pandit, Chinmay Mandlekar as Farooq Malik aka Bitta (Inspired by Farooq Ahmed Dar), Puneet Issar as DGP Hari Narain.

Sooryavanshi box office collection Day 15: Akshay Kumar’s film earns Rs 256 crore worldwide

On Day 15, Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi managed to earn Rs 256 crore worldwide. The film is expected to cross the Rs 300-crore mark soon.

Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi clocked two weeks of its release yesterday, November 19. The film, which released on Diwali, has been a massive success. Fans have flocked to the theatres in huge numbers to see their favourite actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. On Day 15, the film managed to earn Rs 256.72 crore, almost Rs 4 crore more than Day 14. Directed by Rohit Shetty, Sooryavanshi is the fourth film from the director’s cop universe.
SOORYAVANSHI EARNS RS 256 CRORE

Sooryavanshi is already a hit at the box office and it is expected to cross the Rs 300-crore mark soon. On Day 15, the film’s overall box office collection reached Rs 256.72 worldwide. It is almost Rs 4 crore more than Day 14 which was Rs 252.34 crore. Trade analyst Manobala Vijayabalan tweeted, “#Sooryavanshi WW Box Office. Week 1 – 190.06 cr. Week 2 Day 1 – 11.38 cr Day 2 – 15.74 cr Day 3 – 18.07 cr Day 4 – 6.83 cr Day 5 – 5.35 cr Day 6 – 4.91 cr Day 7 – 4.38 cr Total – 256.72 cr.

In North America, Sooryavanshi was released on 520 screens in 490 locations. It is running on 137 screens in the United Arab Emirates and 107 screens in Australia. Sooryavanshi was released in 158 locations across Europe, including 29 screens in France, 36 screens in Germany, 20 screens in Spain, and 19 screens in Italy. Not only that, Israel, Japan, Chile, Egypt, Iraq and Djibouti are amongst the non-traditional countries where Sooryavanshi was released.
ALL ABOUT SOORYAVANSHI

Sooryavanshi is the fourth film in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe that began with Ajay Devgn’s Singham in 2011. The latest film features cameos by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn. This is for the first time that Shetty has collaborated with Akshay Kumar. The action film’s theatrical release was postponed twice due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sooryavanshi’s first song, Aila Re Aillaa, was released on October 21 and became the most viewed Bollywood film song in 24 hours. The film is produced by Reliance Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

Dhamaka Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan delivers a dhamakedaar performance in Netflix film

Netflix’s new film, Dhamaka, starring Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur and Amruta Subhash, starts off with a blast but ends in a dud, says our Dhamaka Movie Review.

Movie Name: Dhamaka
Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur
Director: Ram Madhvani

Every now and then, we come across a film where an unassuming actor is entrusted with the task of pulling off a role that’s seemingly larger than their cinematic persona. More often than not, director Ram Madhvani is known to throw such googlies at us. Cue: Sonam Kapoor in Neerja. In Kartik Aaryan’s Dhamaka, Ram does it again. He picks a man infamous for his monologues, known for his unruly mane and a toothy smile endearing to many, and places him as his prime-time news anchor – Arjun Pathak – with terrifying bombs exploding on the Bandra Worli Sea Link in Mumbai in the backdrop – both figuratively and literally. And he manages to squeeze a dhamakedaar performance out of this Kartik Aaryan.

Kartik’s Arjun, at the start of this Netflix offering, is a radio anchor, demoted from his prime-time television anchor role despite a five-year successful run. He’s also sitting at his corner radio studio, in a whirl of smoke from his cigarette, going through a divorce draft, reminiscing the life that was. Eventually, we learn about the conflict and how his personal and professional life came to what it is today. He goes on air, starts off with some traffic update – the Sea Link will be shut between 9-10 am due to some construction work, so avoid it – and then he gets his first caller. A man, who identifies himself as Raghubeer Mhate, declares, “Main Sea Link udane wala hoon.

At this point, you know that Dhamaka is taking an A Wednesday (2008) turn, also available on Netflix, if you want to give it a watch. The events that follow are predictable, yet adrenaline-pumping. A common man, a labourer who actually helped build that bridge is now hellbent on destroying it, to get attention. To get an apology. Three workers were killed one rainy day in Mumbai while patch-repairing that bridge. The compensations promised never reached the families. The news never made it to prime time. Everything was forgotten. But not forgiven. Sarkar ko maafi mangni padegi, he says.

The angst of this common man is not hard to identify. You empathise with him, while you ask yourself if a blast, that puts the lives of other innocent people in danger, the way to do it. Ram Madhvani keeps the conflict very basic here, almost not challenging the viewers enough. In all this, there’s the negotiation of an “exclusive”. Arjun bargains his prime-time news anchor position claiming this as his big exclusive and promising the channel higher TRPs. But the game he plays is dirty, and even though he might want to wash his hands off, there’s blood there, the blood of those three labourers, that connects him intrinsically to the main plot.

Neerja was a true story, and despite creative liberties, we knew how it would have ended. Dhamaka ends on a dud and that’s a flaw we cannot overlook. In a hurry to wrap things up, Ram Madhvani takes the righteous path out, that’s not only easy, it is also borderline ridiculous.

Kartik Aaryan does his best as Arjun Pathak. Though he gets ample scope to deliver those monologues that have become synonymous with him, simply by virtue of being a news anchor, they are not grating. Amruta Subhash as Ankita, the boss, is flawless. She owns the screen while she’s on it. Mrunal Thakur as Soumya Mehra Pathak, Arjun’s estranged wife, gets one romantic montage at the start and an emotional tugging-at-your-heartstrings scene on the bomb-affected bridge. Just not enough to decide her impact. We needed more of her.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 Movie Review: Rani-Saif shine, but you will miss Abhishek Bachchan

Bunty Aur Babli 2 is enjoyable when the camera is on Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan. And yes, you will miss Abhishek Bachchan.

Movie Name: Bunty Aur Babli 2
Cast: Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Varun V Sharma

Bollywood’s original heist duo is back. However, this time, with a makeover and a new team. The original Bunty and Babli – Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji entertained the audiences in 2005. Abhishek and Rani’s instant charm and impeccable chemistry contributed big time to the film’s success. Flash forward 16 years, and we have a Bunty aur Babli redux, jazzed up with a makeover and two new entrants. Directed by Varun V Sharma, the film has Saif Ali Khan replacing Abhishek Bachchan as Bunty, Rani reprising her Babli act, and two new faces – Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh giving the franchise a younger fresh appeal.

The plot is pretty simple. The original Bunty and Babli face their biggest fear of being redundant and their brand being tarnished by two youngsters using their names to con people in the city. Now-retired Saif and Rani are happy in their family life until Inspector Jatayu Singh (Pankaj Tripathi) lands at their doorstep to arrest them for a robbery they didn’t commit. Now, the original B and B not only have to defend their brand but also hunt down the impostors and protect their legacy. Sounds fun right?

Bunty Aur Babli 2 has a lot that works in its favour. The writing is crisp, the dialogues laced with dollops of witty humour and Pankaj Tripathi is at his best. Also, the pace and length of the film work in its favour. It’s tight and doesn’t drag its feet in important scenes. Rani Mukerji as Babli is a major highlight. Her comic timing and humour are quite a revelation, and showcases a side we haven’t seen before. The over-the-top outfits and garish makeup only add to the caricature that is Babli – and what we love about her.

Amongst the youngsters, Sharvari exudes confidence and has immense potential. Even beneath the prosthetics and makeup, she has a spark and looks like this is what she was born to do. Siddhant uses his charisma to his advantage and goes full throttle when it comes to playing up his Casanova image.

The big elephant in the room is Saif Ali Khan replacing Abhishek Bachchan as Bunty. Those are big shoes to fill. Though the comparisons are unfair, there is an issue is with the casting. As the bumbling Bunty from Fursatganj, he feels out of place and a bit lost. Oddly enough he looks the most comfortable in his designer suits in the second half. You can’t help but think of Abbas-Mustan’s Race when you see a good-looking Saif Ali Khan donning stylish shades.

The songs and music in Bunty Aur Babli 2 are forgettable. That was one of the biggest reasons why the first one worked, with foot-tapping tracks like Kajra Re, Chup Chup Ke and the catchy title song. In fact, this one has a scene with the original Kajra Re playing in the background, which serves as a bleak reminder of how bad the music in the second part is.

Bunty Aur Babli 2 is enjoyable when the camera is on Saif and Rani. There is a chase sequence between the original Bunty-Babli and the newbies, which is a major highlight and is well shot. Overall, the film is entertaining and worth a watch. Yes, you will miss Abhishek and Rani’s chemistry, but don’t let that not be a reason for you to skip the film.

Sooryavanshi Box Office collection Day 2: Akshay Kumar film earns Rs 23.85 crore

Sooryavanshi is receiving a good response at the box office. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the film stars Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in lead roles.

The decision to wait for the theatres to reopen after the novel coronavirus pandemic and not take the digital route has proved to be beneficial for Sooryavanshi makers. The Rohit Shetty directorial venture is the first big-budget film that released in the theatres post pandemic lockdown. Akshay Kumar’s film is being received well at the box office as it earned Rs 26.29 crore on Day 1 of its release. On Day 2, the film collected Rs 23.85 crore.

SOORYAVANSHI EARNS RS 24.5 CRORE ON DAY 2

After receiving rave reviews from the film critics, Sooryavanshi is seeing cinegoers thronging theatres. The Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif film collected Rs 23.85 crore on Day 2 of its release. On Day 1, the film had earned Rs 26 crore. While it was anticipated that it would make more money on the weekend, the collection was recorded less due to Bhai Dooj. Sooryavanshi is expected to pick up on Sunday, November 7.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote, “#Sooryavanshi crosses Rs 50 cr SUPER-STRONG HOLD on Day 2 Slight dip in night shows vis-à-vis Day 1 Expect a BIGGG SCORE on Day 3, should comfortably cross Rs 75 cr, may even touch Rs 80 cr [+/-], PHENOMENAL Fri 26.29 cr, Sat 23.85 cr.

ALL ABOUT SOORYAVANSHI

Starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, Sooryavanshi is the fourth film in Rohit Shetty’s cop universe that began with Ajay Devgn’s Singham in 2011. The latest actioner also features cameo appearances by Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn. After Singham and Singham Returns, Ranveer Singh carried forward the baton with Simmba. Now, Akshay has won the hearts of the audience with Sooryavanshi along with Katrina Kaif. Sooryavanshi also stars Gulshan Grover and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.

Taapsee’s Rashmi Rocket to Alia’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, 2021-2022 films led by women

Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket and Shabaash Mithu to Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Darlings, women take the lead in many new films. Here’s the full list.

Movie theatres are back in business and the Hindi film industry couldn’t be more thrilled. While many production houses turned to OTT as the novel coronavirus pandemic confined us to our homes, things are finally getting back on track. In fact, after the Maharashtra government announced reopening of cinemas in the state, makers of big-ticket Bollywood films started announcing release dates of much-anticipated movies. From Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi to Ranveer Singh’s 83, Bollywood Calendar 2021-2022 has something for everyone.

The 2021-2022 calendar also has many films that are driven by strong female leads. From Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket and Shabaash Mithu to Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Darlings, we have a list of upcoming films centered on powerful women – fictional and real.
TAAPSEE PANNU’S RASHMI ROCKET

Taapsee Pannu-starrer Rashmi Rocket premiered on Zee5 on October 15. Directed by Akarsh Khurana, the sports drama also stars Abhishek Banerjee and Priyanshu Painyuli. The film narrates the story of a small-town girl Rashmi, who aspires to be an athlete. She follows her dreams and becomes a national-level fast-runner, but her glory is hindered when she is asked to undergo gender tests. Rashmi Rocket is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Neha Anand and Pranjal.

ALIA BHATT’S GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI

Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama based on Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by Jayantilal Gada, the film also stars Ajay Devgn and Shantanu Maheshwari. The upcoming film narrates the story of a woman named Ganga, played by Alia Bhatt, who becomes a madame named Gangubai in the red light area of Kamathipura. The story shows how she rose to power, fighting one challenge after another. Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to release in theatres on January 6, 2022.

Shiddat Movie Review: Mohit Raina carries this Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal film

Shiddat Movie Review: Disney+Hotstar film Shiddat is old wine in a new bottle, but the one that will make you say cheers. Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, the film stars Radhika Madan, Sunny Kaushal, Mohit Raina and Diana Penty.

All you need is love, crooned the iconic Beatles in the Swinging Sixties. Cut to 2021 and director Kunal Deshmukh still doesn’t wish to differ with his cinematic offerings on love and relationship. Hence, Shiddat! Starring Radhika Madan as Kartika Negi, Sunny Kaushal as Jaggi Sehgal, Mohit Raina as Gautam Kapoor and Diana Penty as Ira Sharma, the Disney+Hotstar flick is yet another example that times have changed but love stories in Hindi films won’t.

That said, bad is what Shiddat is not. Yes, it is rather a very long attempt to show the same old Yash Raj-themed love story, but it is a one-time watch for people who are looking for good time pass entertainment. There is comedy, romance, many contrived emotional scenes and loss, but one can sit down and watch this fairly presented film.

Shiddat opens with Gautam Kapoor (Mohit Raina) and Ira Sharma (Diana Penty) taking French classes together. While Gautam, an Indian Foreign Service officer, learns the language for a promotion at his job, Ira, a social worker, wants to go to Paris. They fall in love with each other despite their differences. In no time they tie the knot. At their wedding reception party, they meet Jaggi Sehgal (Sunny Kaushal), the guy who crashes their wedding.

Jaggi is a happy-go-lucky person, who plays hockey for the Punjab state team. At the reception party, Jaggi gets so inspired by Gautam’s love philosophy that he makes up his mind that if he ever falls in love, he’ll go to any lengths for it. A few months later Jaggi meets Kartika Negi (Radhika Madan). She is a young and smart swimmer, who bumps into Jaggi at their sports complex. While Jaggi is our pind da munda, Kartika lives with her parents in London, UK. She comes to India to win a swimming championship before she gets married.

Jaggi and Kartika start on a bitter note, but in no time she realises that she is attracted to him. While Kartika wins the championship, Jaggi ends up getting heartbroken as he comes to know that the love of his life is getting married to someone else. Kartika leaves for London and Jaggi decides to go after her, break her wedding and spend life with her.

Bhuj The Pride Of India Movie Review: Sharad Kelkar wins hearts in new Ajay Devgn film

Bhuj The Pride Of India Movie Review: Even with Ajay Devgn looking all suave in that Air Force uniform, for us, the film belongs to Sharad Kelkar.

Movie Name: Bhuj: The Pride of India
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Abhishek Dudhaiya

300 against a battalion. The story of how the airstrip at Bhuj, Gujarat was rebuilt in just about 72 hours in December 1971, after it was bombed down by Pakistani jets, is one of those war stories that fills your heart up with pride. Ajay Devgn as Indian Air Force Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, in Disney+Hotstar’s Bhuj: The Pride Of India, brings you that true story against the backdrop of the Indo-Pak War of 1971. Arousing as it is, it is not without exaggeration.

Bhuj: The Pride Of India opens to the very fight that destroyed the airstrip. Unprepared and helpless soldiers at the Bhuj airbase ran helter-skelter as Pakistani jets dropped bomb after bomb. The devastation both on land and in their eyes was enough to let your heart sink for a moment. How would Karnik salvage the situation? And if he fails, one of India’s most important airbases stands to be captured by the enemy. At this point, there is no othering, Pakistan and India are truly at war in East Pakistan, today’s Bangladesh. And Bhuj is key for both nations as an attack in the west will only act as a blow to India’s focus on the eastern frontiers.
As IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik, Ajay Devgn is well within his comfort zone. His quiet but resolute stares quickly establish him as a calculating, dependable Indian soldier who will save the day. That bits and pieces of news articles from the time still remain in the public psyche certainly helped. But Karnik is not the only hero in the story, and that’s where Bhuj, the film, and Bhuj the true events diverge, at least in director Abhishek Dudhaiya’s vision. Military officer RK Nair, brought to life by Sharad Kelkar, Ranchhod Pagi, played by Sanjay Dutt, Flight Lieutenant Vikram Singh, essayed by a superb Ammy Virk, and the women of Madhapar, a village in Bhuj, headed by Sonakshi Sinha’s Sunderben Jetha, demand as much a share of the pie.

Even as Bhuj, the film, meticulously narrates their plight, shows them fighting, bleeding, dying, the focus and the camera remains firmly on Ajay. Though Sharad and Sanjay have been given some dramatic dialogues, the film clearly establishes a hierarchy – Bhuj: The Pride of India is headlined by Ajay Devgn.

The women in the film have it worse still. Nora Fatehi as Heena Rehman, an Indian spy in Pakistan, had more screen-time ratio in the trailer than in the film. Sonakshi, on the other hand, again with some arousing dialogues, is reduced to both literal and figurative drum-beating. In terms of performances, it is hard to comment considering both Nora and Sonakshi had so little scope.

At 150-odd minutes, which might seem a tab bit long for OTT viewing, even with the unnecessary drumming and dialogues, Bhuj goes on smoothly. The picturisation is perfect, the post-effects ensure the war scenes were seen and felt, although the editing in the scene transition aspect could have been tighter. As for the factual errors, you can watch this to find out. There’s but one scene which ticks the product-placement box, we shall let you see it yourself when you do.

Final thoughts? Even with Ajay Devgn walking in slow motion, looking all suave in that IAF uniform, for us, the film belongs to Sharad Kelkar. And that’s a shame; this is his second Disney+Hotstar film where despite being the clear hero, he remains in the shadow of the bigger star. Which was the first film, you ask? Laxxmi.

Kajol reviews Bhuj The Pride of India, says she is proud of husband Ajay Devgn

Kajol watched husband Ajay Devgn’s Bhuj: The Pride of India in a theatre and took to Instagram to praise the film. She also wrote she is proud of Ajay.

Ajay Devgn is excited about his new film, Bhuj: The Pride of India. He recently attended a special screening of the film with his family. His wife Kajol took to Instagram to praise the film and describe the experience of watching it in a theatre. She also wrote that she is proud of Ajay.
KAJOL WATCHES BHUJ THE PRIDE OF INDIA, SAYS WHAT AN AWESOME HIGH

Ajay Devgn’s daughter Nysa reviewed Bhuj: The Pride of India and called it sensible. His wife Kajol saluted the Indian Army after watching the film and wrote she feels proud of her husband. She wrote, “My theatre experience after soooo long! What an awesome high.. reminds us of all the things we take for granted without ever worrying about who is giving us the safety and security of just being normal.

She further added, “Hats off salute to all those real life action heroes who keep us safe everyday of their very unsafe lives. @indianairforce @indianarmy.adgpi @indiannavy #BhujThePrideOfIndia Out Today on @disneyplushotstarvip at 5:35pm #DisneyPlusHotstarMultiplex @ajaydevgn #NationalPride #CountryLove #IndianArmy #WatchItAsap #Bhuj #SoProudOfMyHusband.

ABOUT BHUJ: THE PRIDE OF INDIA

Bhuj: the Pride Of India is directed by Abhishek Dudhaiya. Ajay Devgn plays the role of IAF Squadron Leader Vijay Karnik in the film. The real-life hero had protected the border area in Gujarat from the Pakistani army during the 1971 Indo-Pak War. He also reconstructed an IAF airbase with the help of 300 women from a local village in Madhapar.

Bhuj: the Pride Of India also stars Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set to premiere today, August 13 on Disney+Hotstar.

Ray web series review: Barring Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon and Ali Fazal’s performances

Ray is a 4-part anthology web series on Netflix, based on a corresponding number of the eponymous Satyajit Ray’s short stories, each episode (Forget Me Not, Bahupriya, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Spotlight are their titles) being 50-65 minutes long, and deals with themes like infidelity, chauvinism, pride, anonymity, kleptomania, religion and fame.

Ray Cast: Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Kay Kay Menon, Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Radhika Madan, Manoj Pahwa, Bidita Bag
Ray Directors: Srijit Mukherji, Abhishek Chaubey, Vasan Bala
Where to Watch: Netflix Also Read – ‘It is heartbreaking,’ says Bhumi Pednekar as Sonchiriya gets snubbed by major film awards

Anthologies, be it OTT films or web series, have become the new vogue over the past few years with several Bollywood filmmakers and actors dipping their hand in the sea. However, besides Ajeeb Dastans, most have included hit or miss stories, with everyone from Lust Stories and Ghost Stories to Zindagi In Short and Unpaused being extremely inconsistent in their ability to string together a bunch of riveting, unconnected stories, none coming within a whisker of the Tamil anthology show, Paava Kadhaigal, incidentally also on Netflix. So, where does the streaming giant’s latest anthology series, Ray, fall? Well, forget Paava Kadhaigal or Ajeeb Dastans, it’s not even as good as a Lust Stories, and would makes Satyajit Ray, whose short stories have inspired the web series, very disappointed. Also Read – Abhishek Chaubey confirms directing the Jigarthanda remake, says cast is not finalised [Exclusive]
What’s it about

Ray is a 4-part anthology web series on Netflix, based on a corresponding number of the eponymous Satyajit Ray’s short stories, each episode (Forget Me Not, Bahupriya, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, Spotlight are their titles) being 50-65 minutes long, and deals with themes like infidelity, chauvinism, pride, anonymity, kleptomania, religion and fame. Also Read – After winning Kerala State Award for Carbon, Vishal Bhardwaj to compose songs in more languages

What’s hot

The only two good things about Ray are the performances and cinematography, but they’re so good that they just about save the show from being a total letdown. Everyone from the lead actors such as Ali Fazal, Kay Kay Menon, Manoj Bajpayee, Harshvardhan Kapoor to the main supporting cast like Shweta Basu Prasad, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Radhika Madan to even the players with smaller roles like Manoj Pahwa, Bidita Bag and other put in stellar acts, sinking deep into their reserves to portray the complex themes and emotions that are at the heart of Satyajit Ray’s stories, long or short. And each episode has been hauntingly, bewitchingly shot by the likes of Swapnil Sonawane, Arkodeb Mukherjee, Eeshit Narain, which helped me somehow make an effort (a very tough one) to sit through the whole web series to the very end.
What’s not

Either the creative team chose the wrong short stories of Satyajit Ray to adapt to screen (not every good piece of literature makes a good movie or show) or they just didn’t do it well enough for today’s audience. All three Director, Srijit Mukherji, Abhishek Chaubey, Vasan Bala, and the writer, Niren Bhatt and Sayantan Mukherjee, display a complete lack of energy midway through each of their individual stories. It gets exceedingly annoying to sit through almost an hour-long episode, where the narrative is built well till about halfway through, only for everything to fizzle out thereafter.

It also seems like they just couldn’t get a proper grip of the complexity of the tales, doing no favours to the actors who did. And in this day and age with easy access to dark, intriguing Korean and other similar foreign content, our makers need to be right on the money to keep their audience switched on, especially on OTT platforms with the option to change but a click away. Ray also doesn’t benefit from some seriously sloppy editing and an unenthusiastic background score, barring the one for Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa.