Ray Review: Who steals the Spotlight in new Netflix anthology?

2021 marks the delivery centenary of maybe one in all the best filmmakers in the historical past of cinema, Satyajit Ray. Therefore, there could not have been a greater strategy to have a good time his delivery anniversary than to introduce the prolific filmmaker-writer to a complete technology that’s maybe unversed together with his legacy. Ray, an anthology collection which is helmed by Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji and Vasan Bala, makes an try to try this. The drama collection is impressed by 4 quick tales authored by Satyajit Ray – Spotlight, Bahurupi (Impersonator), Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram (Barin Bhowmick’s Ailment) and Bipin Chowdhury-r Smritibhrom (Bipin Chowdhury’s Memory Loss).

Forget Me Not, impressed by Bipin Chowdhury-r Smritibhrom, stars Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad and Shruthy Menon. Bahurupiya takes inspiration from Bahurupi and stars Kay Kay Menon and Rajesh Sharma. Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa is impressed by Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram and options Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao. Last in the collection, Spotlight, is impressed by Ray’s quick story of the identical title and stars Harshvardhan Kapoor, Akansha Ranjan Kapoor and Chandan Roy Sanyal.

As a lot as you might need heard about Satyajit Ray’s impeccable filmmaking abilities, his writing prowess, in some way, hasn’t fairly acquired as a lot recognition in India exterior Bengal. Lack of fine translations is one motive behind that.

Netflix’s latest providing Ray, someplace, units out to vary that. The filmmakers selected 4 of Ray’s basic quick tales and provides it a contemporary twist, at the identical time, managing to keep up the essence.

Ray is a darkish and twisted tackle Satyajit Ray’s basic quick tales. For the longest time, now we have witnessed in a number of Indian movies that filmmakers fairly conveniently divide characters in shades of both white or black. In doing so, the essence of a personality is misplaced someplace. However, that isn’t the case with Ray. Everything in it’s gray and really human. And in fact, every section is shrouded in suspense and can preserve you guessing until the finish, which makes the watch gripping.


Forget Me Not offers Ray an impactful begin and readies you for what you may anticipate from the anthology collection. Ipsit Rama Nair (Ali Fazal) has a reminiscence of a pc and he by no means forgets something. Birth dates, appointments, or any massive or small element, title it and Ipsit, in all chance, will give you the right reply. Therefore, it’s a little embarrassing for him when he’s all of a sudden approached by Rhea Saran (Anindita Bose) at a restaurant however he cannot bear in mind the place they met. Rhea reminds him of their assembly at Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad in August 2017, and the way they spent just a few days at a lodge, however it does not appear to ring a bell. While Ipsit brushes it off initially as some random figment of creativeness, he’s left totally confused when he realises that everybody besides him remembers the Aurangabad journey. Is he shedding his thoughts?

The better part about Forget Me Not is that it’ll preserve you guessing until the finish and Srijit Mukherji manages to keep up the enigma round Ipsit’s character. Ali Fazal simply nails his act as Ipsit Rama Nair. His change from a dapper and dashing businessman to a frantic anxious man searching for solutions is simply spot on. His panic and misery is palpable in each scene. The supporting forged – Shweta Basu Prasad (Maggie), Anindita Bose (Rhea Saran), Shruthy Menon (Amala) – lends honest assist to the partaking story. Srijit brilliantly manages to resume Satyajit Ray’s Bipin Chowdhury-r Smritibhrom by giving it a contemporary edge however maintaining the essence intact.


“Aap pehle insaan nahi hai aur akhri insaan bhi nahi honge jo aapne aap ko khuda, bhagwaan samajh leta hai aur muh ke bal girte hai.” This line just about sums up the story of Bahrupiya. From Doctor Faustus to Macbeth, it was hubris that led to those characters’ downfall and for Indrashish Saha (Kay Kay Menon) too, the protagonist of this section, vanity and over-confidence act as architects of his downfall.

Indrashish is a make-up artist in Kolkata. Nothing appears to be going effectively for him. However, issues take a lucky flip when he inherits Rs 75 lakh from his grandmother and in addition, a e book, which has every thing about prosthetics and make-up. He units out on a path of revenge however issues go awry when he meets a Pir Baba.

Though the story lacks momentum in the starting, finally it begins to choose up tempo and provides us maybe a nail-biting finish. Kay Kay Menon has a serious half in the section and he by no means falters. Some higher work might have been accomplished with the prosthetics as a result of that’s the place the story’s USP lies. Srijit’s Bahurupiya is darkish and gory.


Musafir Ali (Manoj Bajpayee), a ghazal singer, is travelling from Bhopal to New Delhi. Aslam Baig (Gajraj Rao), a former wrestler, is his co-passenger. Musafir cannot precisely recall the place, however he’s certain that he has met Aslam someplace earlier than. Upon pondering onerous, Musafir remembers an opportunity encounter with Aslam 10 years in the past. But it was no unusual encounter.

When two inexplicably proficient actors meet, what you may anticipate is fireworks on display screen. Out of the 4 tales, that is one specific section that lends some gentle moments onscreen. If you get pleasure from darkish comedy, this one is certainly for you. Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao are fabulous in their roles. The story just about revolves round Manoj and Gajraj’s characters and their chemistry.


Between a well-known Bollywood actor and a girl with divine powers, who will you select? Vikram Arora, a well-known Bollywood actor’s place is challenged when Didi, a godwoman, checks in into the identical lodge that he’s staying in. From Vik’s producer to his girlfriend (Akansha Ranjan Kapoor), everyone seems to be charmed by Didi. Who steals the highlight?

When a collection boasts of seasoned actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Gajraj Rao and Ali Fazal, director Vasan Bala’s option to forged Harshvardhan Kapoor as the protagonist of the final section was undoubtedly courageous. However, does the danger repay? Well, we’d say in elements. It isn’t that Kapoor is dangerous however in some way, he fails to convey that spark, the aura of a celebrity onscreen. Chandan Roy Sanyal as Vikram’s sidekick Roby (A tribute to iconic Bengali actor Robi Ghosh) places up an awesome present. Akansha Ranjan Kapoor has a forgettable half. The story additionally tends to get repetitive and harps on the identical factor to place throughout a degree. The unique story has been modified in elements to make it extra related.

In a nutshell, Ray deserves your consideration. Watch it for a peek into the thoughts of Ray, the genius filmmaker-writer.

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