Ray Web Series Review: Excellent Cast Performance, But One Flaw Spoiled It All

‘You are not the first person and you will not be the last person who considers himself God, God and then falls flat on his face’ … This dialogue from the web series ‘Ray’ published on Netflix I have philosophy of life. Many times a person who sits on the highest peak of success in his life thinks he has it all. You can achieve everything in the world. He has a lot of money, fancy cars, and a big bungalow.

Famous so much that everyone knows him. But the next moment he meets the truth, the ground slides under his feet. Similar is the story of the heroes of this anthology web series, who battle infidelity, forgetfulness, arrogance, revenge, jealousy and betrayal in the midst of the struggle for perfection.

In the form of Filmavali, Netflix has also conducted a new experiment for the Indian film market.

In this anthology web series (Filmavali) based on the stories of the great filmmaker Satyajit Ray, who is called Shakespeare of India, four stories are shown in four different episodes. Social satire, black humor, psychology, and economics have been best represented in these stories. The series stars Manoj Bajpayee, KK Menon, Ali Fazal, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Gajraj Rao, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Bidita Bagh, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal, and Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor in the lead roles. It is directed by Srijit Mukherjee, Abhishek Chaubey and Vasan Bala. In this Abhishek Chaubey has directed the episodes ‘Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa’, Sreejit Mukherjee has directed ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Bahurupiya’ and Vasan Bala has directed ‘Spotlight’.

Produced by Tipping Point, the digital wing of Viacom 18, which has produced the web series ‘Jamtara’, ‘She’ and ‘Taj Mahal 1989’, ‘Ray’ is written by Niren Bhatt and Siraj Ahmed. Its creator, Sayantan Mukherjee, has tried to unite the four stories in a single thread. In this one, Manoj Bajpayee’s story title is ‘Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’, KK Menon’s ‘Bahurupiya’, ‘Forget me not’ from Ali Fazal’s story, and ‘Spotlight’ from Harshvardhan Kapoor’s story. The story of a Ghazal singer has been featured in the first story ‘Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’. In the second story ‘Forget me not’, the tricks of the business world have been shown. In the third story ‘Bahurupiya’, the tactics of the Special Operations officers are shown. In the latest ‘Spotlight’, the reality behind the dazzling lights of the world of glamor has been told.

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ick-650_062621091751.jpgManoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao have acted as strong as ever.

great acting, great cinematography

Although many things are good in the web series ‘Ray’, but two things can be better called, the great acting of the actors and their cinematography. Both are so good that they keep the whole series from going bad. In this, from leading actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, KK Menon, and Harshvardhan Kapoor to supporting actors like Shweta Basu Prasad, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Radhika Madan, Manoj Pahwa, and Bidita Bagh, they have all done excellent acting. Each episode has been filmed in a very attractive way by cinematographers like Swapnil Sonawane, Arkodeb Mukherjee, Ishith Narayan. But the three directors Srijit Mukherjee, Abhishek Chaubey, Vasan Bala and the writing duo Niren Bhatt and Sayantan Mukherjee have not been able to do justice to the story of their respective episodes. The episodes get boring as time goes by.

Bad direction disappointed

Looking at some episodes, it also appears that the director and writer have not been able to adequately grasp the complexity of the stories. Director Srijit Mukherjee has directed two episodes of the web series ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Bahurupiya’. ‘Don’t Forget Me’ tells the story of businessman Ipsit Nair (Ali Fazal), whose memory is as fast as a computer. He never forgets anything. But his crush is broken after meeting Riya Saran (Anindita Bose). Indrasish Saha (KK Menon), the protagonist of the ‘Bahurupiya’ story, is a famous makeup artist, but he hates his job and life. One day he sets out to take revenge on his enemies, but he is still entangled in his own game. Swapnil Sonawane’s cinematography and Nitin Bed’s editing are strong in both episodes. But the slow storyline, weak script, and sloppy directing have ruined Ali Fazal’s stellar performances, KK Menon.

Best Episode ‘Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa’

The episode ‘Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa’ is the best of this anthology web series (Filmavali). Its story begins with the Bhopal-New Delhi train journey of Ghazal singer Musafir Ali (Manoj Bajpayee). His traveling companion is Aslam Baig (Gajraj Rao), who has been a well-known fighter. Musafir and Aslam have met somewhere before, but neither of them remember anything. It could have been a very emotional story of two people of different professions meeting on a train after 10 years, but the train that takes 35-year-old Musafir Ali to Bhopal stops at another station in the morning. The climax of the story is his life. Both Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj have performed very well as ever. Most of this story takes place on the train itself, in such a situation, Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s camera work is quite spectacular. The Manas Mittal edit looks good too. Abhishek Chaubey has directed better than the directors of the rest of the episodes.

Watch web series or not?

Overall, the ‘Ray’ web series can be seen with the best performances from artists such as Manoj Bajpayee, KK Menon, Ali Fazal, Gajraj Rao and Shweta Basu Prasad. But if you start to find connections between the story of each episode, you will be disappointed. By the way, this year is the centenary of the birth of Satyajit Ray, one can pay tribute to him by watching a series based on the stories of a great filmmaker. In the form of Filmavali, Netflix has also conducted a new experiment for the Indian film market. For information, let us tell you that the episodes shown in the web series’ Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa ‘are the story of Satyajit Ray’ Breen Bhowmick’s disease ‘, the story of’ Spotlight ” Spotlight ‘, the story of’ Bahurupiya ” Bahurupi ‘and’ Forget Me The story of ‘Not’ is based on ‘Bipin Chaudhary Smritibhram’.

IChowk Rating: -2 out of 5 stars

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