Kaun Banegi Shikharwati Review: A Patchy Dramedy Series, Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta And Soha Ali Khan

An alembic of Kaun Banegi Shikharwati. (courtesy: larabhupathi)

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra, Anya Singh, Varun Thakur, Cyrus Sahukar, and Raghubir Yadav

Director: Gauravv K Chawla, Ananya Banerjee

Classification: Two and a half stars (out of 5)

An eccentric ruler of a kingdom that has collapsed and his four strange daughters who have separated constitute the crux of Kaun Banegi Shikharwati, an uneven drama that, even at its lowest ebb, is pleasantly flipped. He seeks to extract the quirky humor of a wayward king’s desperate attempt to keep his flock together and save his decaying palace, but an open laugh escapes the show. It is a mildly funny and inoffensive parody of the repercussions of power wielded without responsibility.

The original Zee5 series, starring Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta and Soha Ali Khan in starring roles, oscillates between the funny and the emotional. Fortunately, the lightness of the touch keeps the story rolling at just the right pace despite the many wobbles it encounters along the way.

The king, who has no income, has incurred huge arrears on the estate tax, having ignored the government’s notices for years. His palace is about to be taken. A lawyer suggests that you put real property up for sale. A trusted royal aide deters the king. They hatch an alternate plan to save the palace. The king feigns a terminal illness and takes the separated daughters to their childhood home and pits them against each other in a series of royal contests to choose his successor. It is not clear how that will help the monarch pay off government fees.

The girls, who left home angry six years ago, are no longer talking. The old man hopes his crazy reunion plan will lead the siblings in dispute to sink their differences and unite as they did when their mother was alive.

The girls arrive at the palace and the games begin. The king’s friend and adviser (Raghubir Yadav) thinks of competitions linked to the navarasa theory of the nine emotions. But the games are not fun: the confrontations reignite tensions between the four sisters as their vulnerabilities, pretensions and idiosyncrasies come to the fore and muddy the waters once again. Can girls put raudra (anger) and bhayanaka (fear) behind them and find Shantha (peace)?

That’s the question at the heart of the 10-episode series. The show draws on the formidable abilities of Naseeruddin Shah and Raghubir Yadav to help you get through your saddest moments. The story’s sustained madness and good humor also contributes its twist to the task of wallpapering the less engaging parts of the show.

Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra and Anya Singh, playing women who have to deal with a series of thorny and unsolved problems that arise from their past, shape their present and threaten to impact their future, provide the show. her feminine power. center. If one is a control freak who cannot tolerate anything that is wrong around him, another is an embodiment of rehearsed calm. One is a whimsical and cheerful girl who, by her own admission, has no skills but is in love with the idea of ​​being famous, another is a creatively inclined introvert who struggles to express herself.

The girls’ deceased mother (Charu Shankar, seen only in flashbacks) looms over their lives. A statue of the dead queen stands on the palace grounds. We deeply miss the lady. But it is the order of the king that is executed here. He makes laws on the fly without even a permit. Democracy bekaar cheez hasI (democracy is useless), declares even when he deigns to enjoy some mann ki baat with their daughters.

An exclusive audience with the king is a privilege, not a matter of law. You have to earn it. It’s no wonder the Shikharwati kingdom is stagnant. A young man (Anurag Sinha), a part of Shikharwati’s dwindling population, points out to the king and anyone willing to pay attention (including one of the princesses) that the artisans are leaving the village for lack of opportunity and deserting. . to the neighboring kingdom of Mewar. The stubborn king ignores the writing on the wall.

As the story progresses towards the climax, Kaun Banegi Shikharwatico-directed by Gauravv K. Chawla and screenwriter Ananya Banerjee, picks up some momentum. Twin threats from a Dubai don and an undercover income tax detective, who have been hanging over the palace for a long time, hit the mark. The Shikharwati girls, oblivious to the troubles swirling around them, continue to shoot each other.

The prince of a rival kingdom (Varun Thakur) makes his way to the palace, a commoner from Shikharwati is tasked with keeping the king informed about how his subjects feel about the depletion of their resources, and the royal advisor does his best to save to the king. people and their ruler from ruin.

In the royal house, princesses do not make things easy for themselves or for the king. The oldest, Devyani (Dutta), has her hands full. Her husband (Cyrus Sahukar) owes a mob don more money than they can get. The second daughter, Gayatri (Khan), a dancer and member of a spiritual commune, nurtures her share of the secrets surrounding her two adopted sons. Your daughter is a psychic who can divine the future. The king is very impressed by his unwavering clairvoyance.

The third sister, Kamini (Kamra), Princess Kaa to her two million followers on social media, is a minor celebrity who puts a foot in her mouth at a poverty eradication campaign event and ends up in landfills. The youngest, Uma, is an extremely shy gamer seeking funding for a game she has designed. His severe allergies keep him from stepping up and presenting his creative ideas to potential investors.

Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, and Soha Ali Khan have the key roles, but it’s Raghubir Yadav, who plays the king’s main problem solver, who often gets away with the show. It glides into the skin of the character and the crazy spirit of the story with effortless ease and complements Shah’s lighthearted performance as the miserly, anchoring ruler. Kaun Banegi Shikharwati. While the two veterans hold the series together, it takes all their acumen, the four lead actresses are not far behind. In rehearsing the most spirited of the four roles, Kritika Kamra makes the strongest impression.

Kaun Banegi Shikharwati It doesn’t scale any peaks, but it’s entertaining enough not to sink into the kind of heavy lifting that you can’t get out of with a little help from the actors.

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