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Ray Series Review: Manoj Bajpayee, KK Menon, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Chandan Roy Sanyal Starrer Ray Series Review, Rating: {3.0/5}

‘Ray’ stars with stories by Satyajit Ray
-Sandeep Santosh

‘Ray’ is Netflix’s new Hindi series based on four short stories by world renowned film director Satyajit Ray. Manoj Bajpayee, KK Menon, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Gajraj Rao, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Bidita Bagh, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor will be in the cast. Srijit Mukherji, Abhishek Choubey and Vasan Bala have directed a series of four short stories.

‘Forget Me Not’ – Rating: 2.5/5

The first part of the series is Forget Me Not. The film stars Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad and Shruti Menon in lead roles and is directed by Srijit Mukherji. The story of the film is of a young entrepreneur named Ipsit Rama Nair. They are often compared to friends, coworkers, and computers. The reason is that Ipsit never forgets anything. But at one point Ipsit’s mind is also affected by amnesia. Some people even forget to fill petrol in the car in the meeting. The film tells how this amnesia changed Ipsit’s life.

The director of the film has been successful in creating doubts among the audience. The director’s strategy was to screen the Drishyam (Hindi) film in a scene where the protagonist enters the theatre. Viewers must be wondering how such moves will lead to the end of the story.

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Though the director did a major twist in the climax, it was not successful enough to make the film believable and thrilling. Ali Fazal has played his character well. The rest of the players made good use of the space they got. Although the Ajanta caves have also been filmed, its beauty has not been adequately brought to the screen. The cinematography, editing and background music of the film is average.

‘Multiple’ – Rating: 3.5/5

KK Menon, Rajesh Sharma, Bidita Bagh, Kharaj Mukherjee and Dibyendu Bhattacharya star in the second part of ‘Re’ ‘Baharupiya’ The film is directed by the first part director Srijit Mukherjee.

The film tells the life of makeup artist Indrashish (KK Menon). The lack of love and the death of his grandmother greatly affected Indresh’s mind. Before she died, her grandmother had kept a large sum of money and a book on make-up for Indrashish. That book is changing his life.

Indrasheesh is transformed by using his art and tries to do many things which he was reluctant to do directly. The kind of transformation that once put them at risk is to be seen in polymorphism.

Siraj Ahmed’s script is better than the first part this time. Indrashesh KK Menon is performing brilliantly. The actor’s passage is very accurate, resembling a character in the Hollywood movie ‘The Joker’. Rajesh Sharma is also stunned by the scene where Indrashish changes.

The only episode of ‘Ray’ that can be made into a full-length movie is Polymorphic. The director has managed to engage the audience with the film from the very beginning. Arkodeb Mukherjee’s cinematography has also contributed to the film.

Hungama Hey Com Barpa – Rating: 1

The third part of ‘Re’ ‘Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’ is directed by Abhishek Bhattacharya. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Raghubir Yadav and Manoj Pahwa in lead roles. Abhishek Bhattacharya is a director who has directed notable Bollywood films like Ishqiya, Dada Ishqiya, Udta Punjab and Sonchiriya.

Manoj Bajpayee will play the role of Ghazal singer Muzaffar Ali in the film. Muzaffar, who was traveling by train with the character of Baig (Gajraj Rao), realized a truth. Ten years ago, on such a trip, Muzaffar stole a watch that Baig had kept as a treasure. After that incident, Muzaffar’s timing proved to be worse and Bug’s timing got worse.

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The film tells the story of how their reunion years later changed their lives. A special feature of the film is that Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao come in the same frame. Both the actors satisfied the audience.

The joint performance with Train and Ghazal Manch was remarkable. The director mesmerized the audience with his performance. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography and Manas Mittal’s editing are to be appreciated.

‘Spotlight’ – Rating:

Spotlight comes last in the segment. The episode is directed by Vasan Bala and stars Harshvardhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor.

The director has taken the last part of the Ray series as an experimental film. This is the story of a movie star whose abbreviation is Vic. This character is played by Harshvardhan Kapoor. The actor, who was seen in the experimental film AK Vs AK, is also seen here. But the audience loves Vicky, who is ridiculed by critics for the same look.

The presence of Goddess Didi (Radhika Madan) bothers Vik. The spotlight is on the context in which these two characters are seen individually and that creates the turning point. While not a significant contribution to the genre, the audio impresses with its straightforward hard-hitting style. The director has chosen the film as an attempt to test the patience of the audience. The audience has to struggle for a long time without understanding the meaning of the film. Radhika Madan herself shone with her novelty. Chandan Roy Sanyal is also making a lot of headlines in the crowd. The spotlight is at the very back of the series’ four episodes. The director could not entertain the audience for an hour or so.

The first plus point of ‘Ray’ is that you can enjoy four different stories of Satyajit Ray. Another advantage is that you can watch actors like Manoj Bajpayee, KK Menon and Gajraj Rao under the same show. What’s also impressive is that each story has innocent twists in its climax.

In general, the reduction of Ray is the length of time. Most of the scenes seem over stretched. The characters of the series are also quite familiar to the audience. In short, Ray is reminiscent of Netflix’s anthology work.

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