The death of women in Indian cinema is not new. From Madhubala on Howrah Bridge to Aishwarya Rai in khaki, we have seen many leading actresses acting glamorously sexy. What the new Netflix show Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein is doing differently is bringing the death of a woman surrounded by domestic politics and violence to a small town in UP.
Yeh Kali Kali Ankein follows the protagonist Vikrant (Tahir Raj Pasin), an engineering graduate who wants to leave his hometown of fantasy city of Ongara (subtle approval for Vishal Bhardwaj). But he finds it to be an unnecessary object of attention and liking for Purva (Anchal Singh), the daughter of the thug-politician of the city. It turns his life around when he struggles to stop the progress of the East and get down to the dream of starting life with his girlfriend Shika (Swetha Tripathi).
But because the preface is interesting, the execution stumbles somewhat. In the last few years we have seen countless shows in the small town of UP-Bihar. It was refreshing to hear that dialogue a few years ago and see that context on screen. Now, it seems like an easy way to add toughness to the story, if not essential. The trope works to a certain extent on this show, but the problem is, the scenes are rarely shocking. We have already seen murders, politics, police submission to thugs, bearded slaves.
The show refreshes us with frantic love (or whatever we may call it persecution and pursuit) by turning order into victim and woman into aggressor. It had to be done a little more intelligently. I wish this show had spent more time showing the soul of the East and her passion.
The story is simple but subtle. The story of the protagonist did not bring any benefit to the show. Sometimes, it is not necessary to say everything and rely on the audience to understand what is happening or how the character feels without being pronounced every 15 minutes. This show will keep you engaged. Although sometimes you can predict, you’re really interested in the curves of the characters and what happens next.
The saving grace of the cast show. Tahir Rajpasin convinces Vikrant or Vicky to be trapped between the rock and the hard place. He brings the character’s frustration to the surface and carries the show on his back. The title of the show is Anchal Singh kaali kaali ankhein An expression indeed. He shows that the woman does not need long black dresses and dark red lipstick. She may look glamorous in a salwar kameez. Full points for her and the show for that. The director chose not to ignore her when he showed her some kind of stimulus, which is commendable. Mail portrays a very effective combination of vulnerability and severity.
Swetha Tripathi has once again played the role of an educated woman in a small town caught in the middle of violence in the Kolu Gupta style. Of course, with his talented cast, who has starred in films like Masan and Haramcore, he can find a variety of roles for himself. We’d love to get more of her on screen here. His chemistry with Tahir Raj Pasin’s Vikrant and their love affair as one of the biggest motivations in Vikrant’s life had to be explored a little more.
The stars of the show are the people we like to call character actors. Saurabh Shukla gangster-politician Akriraj steals the show. He is at the same time threatening, powerful and humorous. I have a hard time remembering that I was not impressed by Saurabh Shukla’s performance at last. Another star, for me, is Brijendra Kala as Vikrant’s father and Agriraj’s accountant. As a middle-aged father who believes his son is an idiot who does nothing, he is fun.
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Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein can tell a familiar story differently, but does not dare to do it completely. It continues to use the trophies that made other shows successful in the hopes of riding the wave and to some extent overcoming the flaws of the story. It’s entertaining, but you want more.
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein starts streaming on Netflix on Friday, January 14th.
Series: Yeh Kali Kali Angin
Director: Siddharth Sengupta
actors: Tahir Raj Pasin, Swetha Tripathi, Anchal Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Surya Sharma, Brijendra Kala