Ajeeb Daastaans (Hindi Anthology, 2021).
Meaty and Neatly done.
From Lust to Ghost Stories, Unpaused to Ludo. And now the Ajeeb Dastans..
Anthologies are back in trends just like the Don’t Rush, Instagram Reels but unlike reels Anthologies aren’t cringe infact loaded with taste which fills up your story/content appetite rather than gas filling.
Dastans has a bit of Abbas Mastans… Haha.. No really it does have amusing ends watch out.
The first two stories are twisty like every anthology, with our own wild tales or wild women tales. The following two stories give the anthology a golden glow obviously by the facials from writers and directors.
Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani direct these potent stories of love, lust, thrill and shock flavoured with casteism, poverty, greed and monotony.
The Thumbs Up steal the thunder wali anthology is Neeraj Ghaywan’s Geeli Pucchi all others were absolutely brilliant too but Geeli Pucchi or the Sloppy Kiss as they call it is a absolute kiss on the forehead of viewers. And you that a forehead kiss is a way way special than other places.
Bharti Mandal played by Konkona Sen Sharma is till dates amusing performance and unlike last seen her on Netflix as a simple, sushil and lustful bahu here she’s a tough, machine operator with a B.Com and the only thing continuing from previous characters is the lustful role. Aditi Rao Hydri is also a soft and confused women but makes a story interesting.
This anthology is like a perfect pastry puff right out from the oven with layers and layers of fat and filling. Some layers and flavours unfold, some don’t. Some might like a spicy puff or a Patty as they call it in North India, some might like a mayo puff, some jeera then some just plain puff.
All these 4 anthologies are puffs only. Just different ones.
To mention the little girl with Nusrat Bharucha is a absolute stunner with her acting skills and cuteness.
Fatima Sana Shaikh – beautiful.
Jaideep Ahlawat – usual.
Armaan Ralhan – nice.
Nushrat Bharucha – totally breaking some ceilings.
Abhishek Banerjee – Usual.
Konkona Sen Sharma – Masterclass performance and looks.
Aditi Rao Hydari – Usual but beautiful and chulbuli.
Shefali Shah – Awesome as always.
Manav Kaul – Mindblown.. Soothing.
Tota Roy Chowdhury – Really good.
Dharmatic Entertainment by Karan Johar is the producer.
Huge shout-out to casting and costume department too.
Unlike the privileged ones or Bollywood circuits we had to watch this Anthology on our personal screens rather than a special premiere before the release amidst the pandemic. Quite cool no. 😉
This is the type of content many on OTT want to see and such Anthologies give freedom to writers and directors to be free and not drag Saas Bahu soaps also keep the length and budget short. Making it a win win situation for all. In the age of attention deficiency who has time for a nonsensical sequence may be love or fight. Oh wait may be both are same.
It has a run time of 2.22 considering that it should be released in 2022…nevertheless it’s a great and compelling watch.
Available on Netflix. Jo Youtube ke sare content creators ko khareed ke unke sath unnatural collabs karta hai aur views Kamata hai.. 😜
My ★★★½ review of Ajeeb Daastaans on Letterboxd https://boxd.it/1Nxz8z
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