Web Series Review : Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare

I finished watching this quite some time back, and how my hands were itching to write a review since then. Zakir Khan is my most favorite stand up comic. His self deprecating humor and witty sharp lines have a clear fan in me. So, when his web series came out on Prime – I sacrificed one early sleep and binge watched all the 8 episodes.

 

 

So, what’s this all about ? Ronny, a good-for-nothing 26 yrs old guy tries to do good to others as  his Uncle is an MLA. ( Chacha is a Vidhayak).  Except he is NOT. And the only guy who knows this is Ronny. There are all the ingredients of a typical masala web series –  gang of friends, a cute girl who the guy tries to impress,  and the villian. However, what’s missing from this web series – Soul.

There are many issues with this Web series. First and foremost, Zakir Khan.  Take a leaf or two from Biswa, if you can’t act – don’t try.  He casted Ritwik  Sahore and it suited well. He appeared only where there’s nothing to be done except Stare and deliver a dialogue or two.  There is no sanctity to the friendship Ronny shares, he lies to the closest of his friends. There’s no emotional depth with this family – he sells his  father’s car and cannot make out his father is out of job.  The girl whom he tries – he never tries to understand what goes on his her mind, and just keeps on increasing his fantasies every single time.

Zakir Khan yaar – atleast you should have some justification on why he tells everyone that his Chacha is a Vidhayak!

 

There are no twists and turns –  the ending is as bad as it can get.  If you get caught by an MLA who looks like Abhimanyu Singh – your poster will be hung but at home with a diya in front of it.  As audience, I felt cheated and I felt Ronny’s character deserved better punishment for all he does.

He neither evoked laughter, nor empathy nor sympathy. And he never got what he deserved. Watch it if you must.

Rating :  4/10

This is available on Amazon Prime, catch it here

 

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Customer Experience

It’s been really long time the charger for our iPad was broken.  Mother in law started playing the same game on the tiny screen of Samsung S2. As long as there is Jugaad, we don’t worry much.  Today, she insisted I get the charger at any cost.

So, I go to Elements Mall and then visit the Apple Care.  So many people sitting and standing. What do you do when you don’t know what to do?  I keep quiet. I sat for 5 minutes. Nothing happened. Finally, I called out to the only Apple customer service guy I could spot – ” Is there a line?  How can I get myself in front of you guys? ”

He stared  back and pointed me to an iPad on the right corner of store. “Register there and take token”, he said. I promptly went there and was so impressed with the digitization of the token system.  Token no. 44.  Until then I didn’t hear anyone calling out tokens, but the moment I took one – I started hearing them. Token 41, he shouted.

I patiently waited for my turn. ” iPad Charger”, I said.  He got one piece for me, and tested it. So far, happy customer.  Then something very awkward happened. He went inside and got a piece of paper. And instructed me – “Write your name, number and email on this”.  Now, It’s my turn to stare. I told him – ” These are the exact details I gave your system  5 minutes ago, which are there on the iPad in your hand. Why do I fill again?”

He looked at me as if I was questioning his existence.  And answered back – ” The billing system needs those details, you please fill it”.  I shut up, filled it and finished the payment formalities.  Left the Apple Premium Care Store.

Doesn’t matter how exceptional the orders from the top comes, it is very critical to get the ground level feedback. Somehow, I felt the issue the service center guys were facing should be a common one, and very strange is left unaddressed by the concerned party.

Apple can do a thing or two better in this.

Web series review : Ragini MMS Returns

I got a notification about this from ALTBalaji app on my mobile. You should stop here if you are a regular thriller watcher, I am not fit to write reviews for your consumption. 

Okay, now that you are here – read on.

With 12 episodes each about 20 mins ling – the story is about haunted MMS College. The Principal reopens after 20 years and rents for a wedding just before that.

People see a CD and they die. The CD cant be destroyed. Now, its upto us to make sure no one dies and the ghost is gone.

Lead cast looks decent and have done what the director demanded of them. Clear logic violation in many cases makes you feel as if you got cheated on logic. I am thoroughly disappointed that they chose to go with ghosts-are-real concept than a human-behind-this. We are in 2018, atleast we can try and become better at story telling.

Ah, yes. This has been publicized as boldest web series. That is true – you feel like watching Ekta Kapoor home productions movies – bold;yes. Unnecessary – YES.

Overall, its a one time watch. Catch it on ALTBalaji.

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KeetaVismaya 2018

I had a plan to take kids to chitra kala parishad yesterday. But, three things stopped me. One, saanvi’s on going stomach pain. Second, vihana’s nap time. Third, estimated 4 lakh visitors.

I googled around and found this insect exhibition in gkvk.(university of agricultural sciences). It was a free exhibition.

The exhibition had live silkworm, praying mantle, and few other insects. Among the specimens, cicadas, beetles and butterflies dominated the show. They had paintings of a late professor, stamps with insects and more interestingly a dengue corner.

That showed how eggs of dengue mosquito become larvae, pupa and finally mosquito.  The entymology club members were at every display and explained to visitors in great detail. I loved the show, and so did kids.

We had a club member approach us at the entrance who escorted us until we got scolded for stopping the exhibition.

Overall, fantastic experience. Some clicks –

Short Film Review : BulBul

I glanced through the Jio Short Film Film fare awards list.  And wanted to watch them ALL – as usual, thanks to my obsessive nature. Starting with comedy first,  I picked up this 25 minute short film.

Starring Divya Khosla Kumar, Shiv Pandit( of Untag web series) and Elli AvrRam, this short film is released on Dec 6th 2017, and has gathered quite impressive comments below the film.  It shows quite musically, how crazy unrequited love can turn a person.  It’s even funny when it’s a girl.

Watch it for the endearing expressions, fantastic music and much-realistic ending.

Rating – 10/10