“Ray” on Netflix promises a ray of hope : Review

“Ray” is finally out, friends! And, it is definitely worth a watch.

This latest Netflix anthology of 4 parts, produced by Viacom 18, is influenced by Satyajit Ray’s short stories. The movie enthralls us with a strong star cast of Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Ali Fazal, Raghubir Yadav, Gajraj Rao, Manoj Pahwa, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Shweta Basu Prasad, and others. 


Manoj Bajpayee with his “shayari”


‘Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa’, the segment directed by Abhishek Chaubey with Manoj Bajpayee as a “mast shayar” Ghazal singer and Gajraj Rao or Aslam Baig playing a wrestler, tops the list. The interaction between the two lead actors, on a train journey, where they share old secrets and, some kleptomaniac discussions, is quite interesting. The flowery language grips us and is worth a watch.


Harshvardhan’s insecurities


It’s not easy for an actor to lose “X-factor” and good looks. This is what “Spotlight” with Harshvardhan Kapoor, has to offer us. In this section, we get a scary brush with the superficial, demanding, and shallow life of an actor in showbiz. Harshvardhan with his dark and deep stares showcases his insecurities as an actor with dwindling fans. 


Ali Fazal’s Forget-me-Not


“Forget me not” is about a brilliant corporate shark played by Ali Fazal. His confidence is shattered and he marches into self-doubt when he comes in contact with his ex-flame by chance. His self-obsession gradually fades due to circumstances is intriguing.


Kay Kay Menon the make-up Bahupriya


 “Bahupriya”, is the story of a grotesque-joker-looking make-up artist, played by Kay Kay Menon. A class actor essaying each nuance of the character superbly is what grips us to our seats. All in all, you need to appreciate the superbly reined performances in the flick, so tune and start the core themes of the stories right away!