The online collection “Ray,” created by Sayantan Mukherjee and primarily based on brief tales of the well-known Indian auteur and author Satyajit Ray, occupied sufficient house on my social media this week to make me quit every thing else and gobble up all the collection in a single sitting. That’s the ability of social media affect and since its launch on June 25, Ray has been exercising full management over social media with folks recommending the collection with out a second thought.
The anthology, written for the display screen by Niren Bhatt and Siraj Ahmed and directed by Srijit Mukherji, Abhishek Chaubey and Vasan Bala, accommodates 4 completely different tales initially penned by Satyajit Ray. Though the tales are of utterly completely different folks and locations, they’re all equivalent within the sense that they revolve across the psyche of their central characters and the way they work together with their respective environments. The collection weighs closely on its primary characters to retell Ray’s tales, with every episode tinged with suspense, a stylistic signature of the grasp storyteller.
Ray begins with “Overlook Me Not” the place Ipsit Rama Nair (Ali Fazal), a profitable entrepreneur recognized to have a pointy, computer-like thoughts that by no means forgets all of the sudden finds himself looking for misplaced reminiscences after a mysterious encounter with somebody from his previous.
Subsequent, in “Bahrupiya,” Indrashish (Kay Kay Menon), an everyday workplace worker and a part-time make-up artist combating work and his love life comes throughout an sudden inheritance. Alongside a big amount of cash, Indrashish will get a e-book on the artwork of make-up and prosthetics from his not too long ago deceased grandmother, eternally altering his life.
In a prepare journey, two strangers sharing a compartment shortly befriend one another. A well-liked performer Musafir Ali (Manoj Bajpayee) and a wrestler-turned-sports journalist Aslam Beig (Gajraj Rao) develop into consuming buddies in “Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa.” However it seems that the strangers share a previous, the recollection of which haunts certainly one of them all through the journey.
“Highlight”—the ultimate act within the collection—is a couple of celebrated actor Vikram ‘Vik’ Arora (Harshvardhan Kapoor) who’s going by way of an existential disaster as critics slam him: he supposedly has no appearing expertise in addition to his appears to be like. Vikram’s insecurities are augmented when a spiritual determine known as ‘Didi’ (Radhika Madan) seems on the resort he’s staying in and utterly takes the highlight away from him.
As a collection, Ray is among the greatest issues to occur to Indian filmmaking in 2021. The person, impartial episodes each excite and disappoint. “Overlook Me Not” appears to hit the toughest with its darkish, cynical climax and the sheer brutality of the characters concerned. The start and finish of this episode stream on totally completely different tangents, unsettling the viewers.
“Bahrupiya” needs to hold on with the identical darkness, however fails. The story of a simpleton Indrashish become a sinister felony wanted some extra display screen time to be higher informed. Regardless of the seasoned Kay Kay Menon’s good efficiency, the episode is underwhelming, to say the least.
“Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa” is mild, poetic, and musical. The 2 primary characters share virtually equal display screen time and are a deal with to observe of their components. Shot virtually totally in a prepare compartment, the viewers won’t miss the rest whereas the 2 veteran actors Bajpayee and Rao unfold their allure on display screen.
For newcomer Harshvardhan Kapoor and his “Highlight”, Ray is a gaggle of demise. Not solely is he pitted in opposition to among the greatest within the trade, his episode can be aired final within the collection after the viewers has soaked in a lot leisure that it’ll want an absolute banger to lift their curiosity. Surprisingly, the actor does a greater job on this episode than in all of his previous performances. However this time, the storytelling, path and his lead co-actor do him soiled.
Who ought to watch it?
The episodes getting barely adverse critiques within the collection are as a result of they’re being in contrast with one another. Exterior the collection, each episode of Ray is far more exceptional than possibly 70 % of the Hindi-language movies/collection launched this 12 months. This can be a collection an everyday OTT viewer shouldn’t miss.
Ranking: 4 stars
Actors: Ali Fazal, Kay Kay Menon, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee
Administrators: Srijit Mukherji, Abhishek Chaubey, Vasan Bala
Run time: 3.8hrs approx.