Ranjish Hi Sahi will appeal to those who know the history of Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi

Series: ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’ (Streaming on Voot Select) Also read – Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein: A teasing thriller that does not deliver

Duration: Average 36 minutes per. episode Read also – Pushpa in Hindi, Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen, Hotel Transylvania Transformania and more movies and web series to binge-watch this weekend on OTT

Instructor: Pushpdeep Bhardwaj

Actors: Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amala Paul, Amrita Puri, Zarina Wahab, Paras Priyadarshan, Naina Sareen, Madan Deodhar, Saurabh Sachdeva Read also – Looop Lapeta trailer: Taapsee Pannu and Tahir Raj Bhasin race against time in what looks like a faithful remake of Run Lola Run

IANS rating: ***

Although not overtly spelled, ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’, which means ‘out of anger’, is a fictionalized, biopic section of director Mahesh Batt’s life that describes his relationship with the late actress Parveen Babi.

With a time span ranging from 1959 to 2005, this eight-episode series is told in a non-linear way through the point of view of maverick film director Shankar Vats. It starts on a literally and figuratively foggy tone.

The 28-minute pilot episode begins in 1976 in Pune, where Shankar Vats walks out of Ajnadham Dharamshala. Later in conversation with actor Vinod Kumar in his car, we get an insight into Shankar Vats’ stubborn personality.

Vinod entices Shankar to return to the ashram, but is soon physically thrown out of there. After some reflection, Shankar returns to Bombay, and soon the episode sketchily encapsulates what you want to see in the series.

The series can thus boast of many repeated scenes, but these scenes do not emphasize the viewing experience. Through the episodes, we learn how Shankar, after delivering three flops in a row, struggles to keep his family afloat while trying to raise money for his fourth film. We also get to know how he met the great actress Amna Parvez and developed a bond with her, Amna’s broken relationship with the actress Zubair, her mood swings and her interaction with Shankar’s wife Anju.

Almost everyone knows of Mahesh Bhatt’s affiliation with Parveen Babi, and it is therefore the factor of curiosity about how things went between those who would hold the viewer’s interest, and the series offers this in abundance. There are also scenes in the series that you can associate with Mahesh Bhatt’s films, especially ‘Zakhm’.

The character of “Watch Man – who repairs watches” is metaphorically and artfully used to portray the conscience.

The series is skillfully mounted with ace production values. Time is ingeniously captured, with children playing with balls, bioscopewalla (the traveling hand-cranked cinema) on the bike, dated advertisements inside the buses, costumes, period phones, typewriters and locks.

The music also transports you on time. The songs, ‘O Berehem Zindagi’, ‘Tham Sa Gaya’ and the Sufi number in the eighth section, along with the background score, are situationally effective.

Consider it the perfect casting or good acting, Tahir Raj Bhasin in a hideous wig – slips easily into the shoes of the self-deprecating Shankar Vats. He nails his character to the tee and plays the kind, considerate and honorable husband, friend, father and son with kind fervor and wretched honesty.

Amala Paul plays Amna Parvez with equal passion and conviction. So do Paras Priyadarshan as Shankar’s brother Ganesh, Amrita Puri as Anju, Zarina Wahab as Shankar’s mother Zubair, Naina Sareen as Amnas helper Mary, Madan Deodhar as Amnas driver Adbul and Saurabh Sachdeva as industrial mogul Jagmohan Seth. They all shine effortlessly in their roles.

Rajat Kaul as Zubair, who portrays Kabir Bedi, is superficial in his history and behavior.

Overall, this series may appeal only to Hindi film fans who know the story of Mahesh Bhatt and Parveen Babi.

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  • ByIANS