Technology – will it save humanity or destroy us? The query has given rise to analysis, literature and cinema. What’s the Marvel universe with out this? It is additionally a topic explored by OK Computer, starring Radhika Apte, Vijay Varma, Jackie Shroff and Rasika Dugal. Claiming to be India’s first and one-of-its-kind sci-fi comedy sequence, OK Computer has been helmed by Anand Gandhi, Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar. While the idea of the present – the world of people colliding with that of robots and AIs (synthetic intelligence) – is fascinating, the formidable mission has been marred by shoddy storytelling.
The sequence opens within the 12 months 2031 in Goa, with an announcement ‘Welcome to the future’. There has been a homicide that deserves the presence of police and cyber cell officers. Why? A driverless taxi has crashed into a pedestrian, who is now past recognition. So, we see a crime scene with a hologram giving warnings, robots amassing proof and likewise serving refreshments.
Vijay Varma performs Saajan Kundu, the cop main the investigation. He loathes how robots have taken over the lives of people due to a private cause. There are some laughable moments as he analyses the accident scene, assisted by one other cop Monalisa Paul, performed by Kani Kusruti. As the 2 are attempting to determine the identification of the perpetrator and the sufferer, Radhika Apte storms in together with her personal agenda. She essays the function of Laxmi Suri, who leads a personal organisation for the moral therapy of robots, PETER. Since it’s the longer term, the viewers get a lesson within the regulation of robotics right here, as a result of why not?
On the opposite hand, we now have Jackie Shroff as Pushpak Shakur, somebody who believes know-how is the actual most cancers plaguing humanity. He additionally locations himself in the midst of the case and does his half to voice his opinions and beliefs.
Now the large query haunts the authorities who is to be blamed for the premeditated homicide of the sufferer aka ‘pav bhaji’. Who is to be jailed, the CEO of the taxi firm or the automotive itself?
OK Computer’s backstory establishes that amid the calamitous results of local weather change, synthetic intelligence helped to attain a steadiness between a livable future and a dystopian one. But because the present makes use of satire on all the things from AI dictating and directing each side of human life to ethical injustices we realise that sustaining the standard of the present via its six episodes will likely be an uphill process. As it seems, sustaining endurance to complete the present is one other ballgame.
There are facets of the narrative that are merely unfathomable. Firstly, aside from extra robots than people and codes flying about on display, it doesn’t seem like the longer term. We are absolutely glad that they averted the plain pitfalls of know-how prediction comparable to flying automobiles or sci-fi tech comparable to teleportation, however there might have been some extra creativeness, a bit extra improvement of what the longer term would seem like a decade from now. Secondly, maintaining with the ‘shuddh’ Hindi juxtaposed with sci-fi phrases will be a daunting process. Thirdly, why is there a lot of pointless humour? Sure, typical human behaviour is nice fodder for creating jokes and a few within the present are humorous, however one must know when it provides and when it interferes with the story.
There is no easy transition between scenes and the visuals are unappealing. There is additionally a robotic Ajeeb, who goes from being a messiah for the people to their best disappointment. And irrespective of how good the intentions have been behind that storyline, the execution was weird and exhausting. Moreover, that child voice will get annoying even when its defence is “Only the cute survive.” No feedback right here.
Radhika Apte, Vijay Varma and Jackie Shroff have executed a good job on this experimental sequence. Their characters come throughout as keen about their work and values. Rasika Dugal, Kani Kusruti and others maintain their very own beside the primary solid of seasoned actors.
However, OK Computer is a letdown as a result of it tries to pack in an excessive amount of and but not do justice to the duty at hand. From how people weigh all the things in prospects and earnings to how they’re all the time their worst enemies, there’s a lot to soak up. The sci-fi comedy additionally asserts how comedians deliver flaws to the eye of the lots and in flip assist to make them stronger. Oh, there’s a speech about how fact has nothing to do with the bulk as properly and a lot extra. The conclusion? Something to do with ‘robo sapiens’ and a ultimate joke, “A robot and a robot walk into a bar at the end of the universe.” But who dedicated the homicide and can people survive? These are solutions you’ll discover out in case your consciousness survives whereas watching the battle of conscience between people and robots.
OK Computer is at the moment streaming on Disney+Hotstar VIP.