Four More Shots Please! – What’s the selling point?

Four women, who are poles apart, trying to make their fragile life whole, meet at a bar and become each other’s crying shoulders, eventually becoming close to each other, sharing their life’s sunrises and sunsets.

A lot might have compared this web series to the film Veere Di Wedding, I surmise it is much more enhanced than it, giving the story a more practical touch. But it is definitely not a ‘version’ of it. It might be similarly themed, but it isn’t an adaptation of it. I found it really okay, when and if compared to other mind-boggling shows out there today. It proves to be more individualistic than overall.

Four More Shots Please! tries to be cool, throwing bold dialogue and strong characters at you. Yet, the script isn’t serious and that’s where it deteriorates. The characters too aren’t perfect. Maanvi Gagroo (as Siddhi Patel) and Sayani Gupta (as Damini Rizvi Roy) being the best out of the four lead characters, give you one reason to watch this. Gurbani Judge (as Umang Singh) [who calls herself “Bani J“] really needs a lot of improvement in terms of screen presence. She is over-confident. Isn’t giving attention to detail. Kirti Kulhari (as Anjana Menon), despite having experience in a few films, carelessly tends to overact. Not every time, but has done it more than a few times.

The recurring cast is a blessing to this mediocre show. Credits to all, Prateik Babbar, Milind Soman, Neil Bhoopalam, Ankur Rathee, Simone Singh, Amrita Puri and Paras Tomar. Lisa Ray, 47, however, is still not a good actor. But so is one of the LEAD characters.

People who are feminists OR tend to have a feminist outlook, in life, will favor this one. On the contrary, audience who have a general opinion & taste of things and are really looking for a critically acclaimed show, this one’s not it. Even the ending of the show might make you feel like it’s trying too hard. Director Anu Menon & writers Devika Bhagat and Ishita Moitra really have to up their game, in season two, to impress THE REST of the humans of the world.

2.5/5

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Mirzapur – Who’s the KING?

It is so difficult to find such raw television shows today, where the plot is so strong. Hearing the fact that it might actually be true, makes me wonder what is happening within this state in India. Is it all about political gains and the rule of the local mafia in Uttar Pradesh?

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The show received mixed reviews and out of which mostly were negative, pointing out the disapproval of the story and direction by many analysts. Just clearing out this that I, being a part of the vast TV watching audience, state that it is to our benefit. While most critics called it a rip off of the kind of genre of stories Anurag Kashyap likes to make, I would say that it is to our advantage that we are getting more variety to watch on the internet! It’s ideology might be similar to as of Kashyap‘s but the base of the plot, it’s cast and it’s turning point of the story and the creation is quite distinctive. Breathtaking, too.

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Mirzapur has it’s own swag and nature of impressing the audience. The fact that season two is already under production proves that not all viewers within India or out of India have disliked the theme and the style of this web series. It has a great, an almost perfect cast which blends in and shows it’s importance in it, quite magnificently. I would love to shower praises to the cast, Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Ali Fazal, Amit Sial, Divyendu Sharma, Rajesh Tailang, Sheeba Chaddha, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dughal, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Abhishek Banerjee, Shubrajyoti Bharat, Shaji Chaudhary and Shahnawaz Pradhan. Also to it’s writers and makers, Karan Anshuman, Puneet Krishna, Gurmeet Singh, Vineet Krishnan, Mihir Desai and Nisha Chandra.

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Yes, it might not be the show of the year for many. I say it’s worth a watch. Not only for it’s story and cast, but for it’s weighty dialogue too.

4/5

Inside Edge – Fact or fiction?

After a couple of recommends and repeated torture by my younger sibling, I finally started to watch this, since it is related to cricket and match fixing. And mainly because IPL was trending last month.

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With quite a few masterful performances by Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Suri, Richa Chaddha, Tanuj Virwani, Sayani Gupta, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Angad Bedi, Sarah-Jane DiasKaran Oberoi, Amit Sial, Manu Rishi and Jitin Gulati, I was rest assured that the show will impress me completely. I really wanted to love the plot, but at the end of the day, it brings us to one important question that whether all of this is true or not.

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It is quite admirable how Karan Anshuman, the creator of Inside Edge, brings about an element of suspense and thrill to what is being depicted with every episode. The ups and downs of the game and a fictional portrayal of what it could be in actuality, behind the stage, or in this case, the stadium. He is not alone when the screenplay is concerned and is aided by Ameya Sarda, Puneet Krishna, Sumit Purohit and Saurav Dey.

3/5