Sanya Malhotra, Anant V Joshi, Gurpal Singh, Vijay Raj, Rajpal Yadav, Brajendra Kala and Neha Saraf
Yashwardhan Mishra and Ashok Mishra
Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Achin Jain
18 May 2023
Netflix’s creative team’s connection to India is yet to be made. The situation may change with the arrival of Ekta Kapoor’s counterpart Ruchika Kapoor Shaikh, but the courage of a 31-year-old girl to play the role of a police inspector is nothing short of amazing. And, she herself is telling that she joined the UP Police as a constable. His background of working as an ‘out of turn’ promotion in the film is not explained. And, a simple promotion from constable to inspector is no less than finding sanjeevani booti on Dronagiri mountain. Normally, a constable takes 20 years to become a head constable. Then 8-10 years in becoming a sub-inspector and even after retirement, his chances of becoming an inspector are the same as the phrase in the previous sentence.
Like Prime Video’s recently released super slow series ‘Dahad’, here too the policewoman is of low caste. The MLA’s personality could not stand even with his shoes on the carpet. Girls are also ripping off wholesale prices here. But before coming to the real point of the story, the story of Azam Khan’s theft of the buffalo is revealed here as the theft of the jackal. Called by his caste name by his seniors, this inspector fell in love with an upper caste constable under him ever since they both passed out of the Moradabad Police Training School. He was also a sergeant then. The love story of the two continues amid the search for two jackals of a special breed that were stolen.
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There is no doubt that making a film like ‘Kathaal’ also requires a strong gut and a producer who can create an ‘OTT’ of his own in the name of social satire. Sit in and give the green flag to such a film. ‘familiar’ can get after that everything else happens automatically. When Netflix announced its Indian slate last year, this film also created a lot of buzz. Almost all the other movies and serials on that announced day have been released, only this ‘Jackfruit’ stuck somewhere. This kind of movie is fine for OTTs that show free content without subscription, but it is a stain on the name of OTTs like Netflix that charge six and a half hundred rupees every month.
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It’s also time for Sanya Malhotra-struck Netflix to think and understand the fallout from Radhika Apte. Ekta Kapoor and Guneet Monga have so far done two films in the name of this face. Karan Johar has also released the credit card of Sanya Malhotra’s name in ‘Meenakshi Sundareshwar’ to catch the fleeing ghost. Sanya Malhotra might be getting a lot of money from these OTT films but her fans are not getting anything in the name of freshness in her acting. She is still stuck where Anurag Basu left her in ‘Ludo’. In the beginning, even as an artist, a lot of energy was seen in her, but now Sanya Malhotra is seen less in the character and more Sanya Malhotra. It’s time to calm down, Sanya! Theater dropouts have a place in OTT, but where do they go if they slip out of OTT?
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By the way, as much as the OTT phenomenon has benefited artists like Manoj Bajpayee and Pankaj Tripathi, it has benefited marginal female artists as little. Except for one Shefali Chhaya, no other female actress has used this medium to showcase the true power of her performance. Vidya Balan came to OTT when her films stopped playing in theatres. The same is the case with Taapsee Pannu and the row does not stop here. Rajpal Yadav has taken advantage of this opportunity in the film ‘Kathal’. He has become a good journalist in a ridiculous getup. He has also saved himself from overacting. Yes, Vijay Raaz’s character is very miserly. Gurpal Singh of ‘Chuppa Rustam’ is also holding on to the position of Superintendent of Police with a 56 inch belly. Brajendra Kala as a forensic expert and Neha Saraf as a sergeant have also fulfilled the director’s wish.
Skit performances in the name of social satire
Making cinema on social satire is one of the most difficult tasks. Often, director David Dhawan himself is not aware of when he is caught catching Rishikesh Mukherjee’s leak. A similar incident happened in the movie ‘Kathal’ with Yashvardhan Mishra. He has written the story himself along with his Patidar Ashok Mishra, so there is no escape for him. Whatever their motive behind showing Constable Mishra constantly agonizing over the ‘chicken’ and then showing the Brahmin eating the chicken, the effect is the same as the ashes on the forehead of the ‘Bhola’ falling on the chicken. The music of the film is by Ram Sampath but not a single song lives up to the glory of his name and in the film whose name is Mahima, Ram’s story has been overwritten.