Hotshot lawyer Jaggi Grover (Jaideep Ahlawat with a ponytail) and his younger brother Daljeet (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub) haven’t been in touch and don’t get along but it eventually rolls out that Paaji Jaggi had funded and set up Daljeet’s bookstore. Curiously incongruous.
When they’re party to a car accident in which Samuel Alvarez (Asrani in a ‘thank you’ role) is knocked dead outside his bungalow, it’s more than blood that keeps them close.
They’re returning from a wedding where Jaggi the reckless older bro had one too many and Daljeet is the cold sober teetotaller.
Childishly written, Daljeet the good boy insists on escorting the dead man inside and making him comfortable. Perhaps because lawyers like Jaggi have never heard of leaving fingerprints and DNA all over the place. It turns out, Daljeet even left his wallet behind. No sweat because this is based in the hill station of Ooty.
But the thrill-chill-hill is so run-of-the-mill.
Jaggi blows hot and cold with wife Priya (Shruti Seth) who’s sometimes hetero and sometimes gay.
Supposed to be a comedy-thriller, Shaad Ali directs a series of episodes that just don’t pack a comic punch or grip you with intrigue.
One really doesn’t know what the storytellers had in mind when they wrote the characters.
There’s an unnecessary lesbian track between Priya and her gym friend Tanya (Mugdha Godse), perhaps because it’s become a mandatory requirement in every web series.
There has to be a female cop because a bow to gender equality is also mandatory. Never mind if all the women are uniformly from a 70s’ template.
Wife Priya is one of those who does nothing at all but wear makeup, yearn for a baby and look dissatisfied all the time. Tanya the shady gym friend is half lesbian and half gangster’s moll – she kisses Priya with passion and promises her a better life without the bow-hot-blow-cold husband but is the woman who entertains and makes a drink for Handa the villain (Satish Kaushik). Nosy neighbour-aunty (Maya Alagh) wears dark glasses, is wicked, calls people ‘bitch’ and clinks glasses with Handa the villain. Alvarez’s niece Sophie (Tina Desai) drinks wine because girls called Sophie drink and she’s willing to date and more because that’s what girls called Sophie do and maybe, there’s more to her than meets the eye. But neither bigtime lawyers nor cops really catch on until the last episode.
There’s a dialogue where Daljeet educates Sophie that you say, “Wah” and not “Wow” when he spouts Urdu poetry. Satish Kaushik blows smoke to show that Handa is bad and has dialogues about male genitals to illustrate that some are created to perform while others are born only to watch.
There’s more ‘humour’ in store as villain to nosy aunty, everybody wants to be addressed as ‘aap’ or ‘sir’.
The screenplay tries hard to be dramatic by counting the days after the accident. We can tell you by the 5th day, Sophie is in bed with Daljeet because that’s what girls like Sophie do.
There’s a feeble try to create mystery over Sophie’s childhood photograph.
The only fairly interesting character is a drunkard (Jitendra Joshi) who comes into his own as a private investigator until Shaad Ali reduces him also into a caricature along with the villain, Jaggi, nosy aunty, Sophie and gang.
Is Sophie the trophy? Is Jaggi the bad bro or the one who wants Daljeet to find himself? There’s a line about freedom from the shadows to look at the ‘roshni’. Only wish the makers too had got a glimpse of the ‘roshni’.
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