Netflix has been offering some really good anthologies like Lust Stories, Ghost Stories, and Ajeeb Daastaans. Yesterday, their new anthology titled Ray started streaming.
There are four episodes in the anthology titled Forget Me Not, Bahrupiya, Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, and Spotlight. All these are based on filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s short stories. So, does this anthology does justice to the ace filmmaker’s stories? Well, the answer for this question would be partly yes and partly no.
Srijit Mukherji has directed Forget Me Not and Bahrupiya. The former is quite interesting and keeps us engaged throughout. The climax of Forget Me Not has been shot fantastically. Ali Fazal and Shweta Basu Prasad have performed amazingly. But, Bahrupiya doesn’t impress much. The pace of the segment is very slow, and it is only Kay Kay Menon’s performance and the amazing makeup that stands out here.
Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa, helmed by Abhishek Chaubey, is strictly average. But, well, it stars Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao, and both the actors have done justice to their roles. It’s their performances that save this segment a bit.
Last on the list is Vasan Bala’s Spotlight. The story of this segment is very interesting, and it has been shot beautifully. Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor, and Chandan Roy Sanyal, all these actors have performed brilliantly. Bala’s narration is impressive and Spotlight is surely the best segment of the anthology.
On the whole, Ray, unfortunately, isn’t one of the best anthologies we have seen in recent times. But, you can watch it once for the amazing performances of the actors.
Check out the trailer here…