Ipsit Nair (Ali Fazal), the entrepreneur who never forgets, Musafir Ali (Manoj Bajpayee), the poet struggling with time, the actor (Harshvardhan Kapoor) who faces the inadequacy of his talent and fame and behrupiya (Kay Kay Menon) or an impressionist in Kolkata – four separate characters explore the nuances of success and betrayal, love and lust.
Based on stories written by Satyajit Ray, the films explore themes with aesthetics that are strikingly modern – the color correction of the Netflix trademark to retain some colors to sharpen others, 1080p digital clarity, expensive photos above, the dramatic assessment of swelling . There is little here to suggest Ray’s aesthetic imprint. Perhaps sequences of augmented reality, such as mountains of cash Somehow, takes a turn, but now with Musafir Ali the poet sits on a large clock, contemplating time.
The films star Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Akansha Ranjan Kapoor. Niren Bhat and Siraj Ahmed have adapted the stories for the screen, with Sayantan Mukherjee as the showrunner.
The anthology of four films directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji (directed two of the films) and Vasan Bala, premiered on Netflix on June 25