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REVIEW: RANJISH HI SAHI

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Producer- Mukesh Bhatt and Sakshi Bhatt

Director-Pushpdeep Bhardwaj

Star Cast- Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amala Paul, Amrita Puri, Paras Priyadarshan, Arun Bali, Zarina Wahab

Genre- Emotional

OTT Platform –Voots Select

Rating- ***

All About Relationship & Passion !

Jyothi Venkatesh

The show is, in essence, the tale of love mingled with sadness and longing. The series revolves around an extramarital relationship between Shankar Vats (Tahir Raj Bhasin), a struggling filmmaker, and Aamna Parvez (Amala Paul) one of the top actresses of the 1970s.

Created by Mahesh Bhatt, this fictional drama is loosely inspired by real-life events and incidents, notably his relationship with yesteryear diva, Parveen Babi.

This film has already been made earlier as Arth (1982) starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the role of the protagonist, Shabana Azmi as the wife, Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aaayee (1993) and Smita Patil as the other woman and Woh Lamhe (2006).

With his first three films having flopped, he’s struggling to make his fourth to support his family comprising mother Rukhsar (Zarina Wahab), wife Anju (Amrita Puri), daughter Aarti and brother Ganesh (Paras Priyadarshan), when passing by a poster of Aamna Parvez’s Ajay Anwar Albert (Amar Akbar Anthony), he aspires to make a film with everyone’s favorite diva.

His first meeting doesn’t go as planned as she doesn’t like his story, but is impressed with his narration. And thus their friendship begins, setting the volatile love story in motion.

I was keen on watching through the series and reliving the moments of Mahesh Batt and Patveen Babi especially since I had begun my career around the same time when Mahesh Bhatt and Praveen had started their way back in the 70’s and here was some kind of connection within me and I remembered those good old days when Mahesh and I used to drink rum at his Bandra residence and hence I could relate a lot to the series.

Amala Paul who has proved herself as a good actress in several films in Tamil and Malayalam earlier including Aadai gets into the skin of her character of the late actress Parveen Babi as Amna Parvez with effortless ease though it distracts you as she reminds you of Deepika Padukone of earlier times and emotes with a lot of conviction required from her while Amrita Puri also scores as Anju with her role as Mahesh’s wife Kiran.

Tahir Raj Bhasin lives his role as the director who is torn between his wife and girlfriend and leaves a big impact and it would not at all surprise me if in future he starts getting roles as the leading man.

Zarina Wahab excels as Shankar’s mother Ruksar. Paras who plays the role of Mahesh’s brother Mukesh Bhatt has not been exploited as he has hardly any role while the actors who played Amna Parvez’s driver Abdul and maid Maria deserve kudos.

Though writer and director Pushpdeep Bharadwaj takes his time to present Shankar’s story as he abruptly jumps from one decade of his life to another seamlessly, the eight episode series makes you stay hooked as it unravels the 70’s briskly.

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