Ray Review: Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Ali Fazal Netflix Anthology Web Series

Ray Review

Ray web series is the birth anniversary of great filmmakers in the history of cinema, Satyajit Ray. Ray, an anthology series directed by three great directors Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji and Vasan Bala. Netflix is producing an anthology based Satyajit Ray short stories beyond the imagination, mind and inventive stories of legends. These stories truly capture the eccentric magic of satyajit ray stories. There an odd but intoxicating nature of legend tales these are not run-of-mill stories while anthology ranges from psychological thriller to satire it has the magical charm that often lose reader to book and transporting them to make believe world. These ray review stories is modern day adaptation of ray stories that beyond there mystical element actually provide commentary on where is fascist of human mind.

In Ray review, first episode forget me not story directed by Srijit Mukherji starring Ali Fazal in the lead role. This story is focuses on Bipin Chowdhury-r Smritibhrom (Bipin Chowdhury’s Memory Loss). A sharp entrepreneur Ipsit Nair played by Ali Fazal Celebrated entrepreneur of Mumbai whose life nothing short of perfect. But one event and his inability to recall it quite contrary to his reputation in having a great memory leads to a domino effect and downwards to vortex of self- doubt. The story undeniable fails to beyond the surface what could have come across layer take detrimental effect of narcissism and lust of powers. What is undeniable regarding the ray review story? It is technically spectacular; the background score capture the looming red head, visually from the way of capturing Mumbai city, the screenplay structured and skipping time and several  intervals and the phenomenal ultimate staging sequence has the story is revealed.

Second Episode Bahrupiya directed by Srijit Mukherji, the only reason why this story trumps the previous story because the potential that it had to create the twisted tale around the mysterious character. In Ray review, Kay Kay Menon plays the role of Indrashish Shah, a docile makeup artist to constant finds himself been treated as a push over in a society. When an inheritance leads to understanding the power of prosthetic makeup he realizes that he has the entire tool in the world to play the god and change the fate. In the process of teaching his the wrong duo a lesson will this only leads to self-destruction. Kay Kay Menon undeniably one of the finest actor we have in the country and he embodies the under confident conscious mysterious presence of indrashish perfectly. The cinematographer Arkodeb Mukherjee captures Kolkata through the desaturated frame that symbolize Indrashish path to ruins.

Third Episode of Ray stories “Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa” directed by Abhishek Chaubey, this episode perfectly encapsulate magical element of Satyajit Ray stories while being extremely intelligent with the way it’s written and perform. In Ray review, the story focuses on popular singer Musafir Ali played by Manoj Bajpayee who bums into Aslam Baig a wrestler turn sport journalist played by Gajraj Rao on a train journey. Upon having a conversation with one another musafir realises that they have met on a previous occasion on a similar train journey and how this realization manifest into providing a commentary on life, time, fate and destiny is basic crux of this story. There are several sequences focuses in this story is technically marvellous focussing on musafir day dreaming, the reverence he receive for his art and capture his rise to prominence. In ray review story is supported by magician’s actor like Raghuvir Yadav and Manoj Pawa.         

Fourth Episode of this story Spotlight directed by Vasan bala which starrer Harshvardhan kapoor, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Akansha Ranjan and Radhika Madan as lead roles. This story focuses on popular actor Vik played by Harshvardhan Kapoor that is going through an existential crises as he can’t understand his reverence as star while only being known for one look as an actor. When he identifies the worship by the masses for a god women called Didi his insecurity peaks as threatens to dim his spotlight. In ray review, the story hilariously capture the artistic experience of star while just one trip only. The brilliances of spotlight are the combination of performances of cast and its effortlessly funny writing.

Cast and their Characters

Manoj Bajpayee
Manoj Bajpayee
Kay Kay Menon
Kay Kay Menon
Shweta Basu Prasad
Shweta Basu Prasad
Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal
Radhika Madan
Radhika Madan
Harshvardhan Kapoor
Harshvardhan Kapoor

The Star Cast of Ray web series Bidita Bag(Debashree), Manoj Bajpayee(Musafir Ali), Ali Fazal(Ipsit Nair), Harshvardhan Kapoor(Vik), Kay Kay Menon(Indrashish Shah), Radhika Madan(Didi), Gajraj Rao(Aslam Baig), Rajesh Sharma(Suresh Sharma), Chandan Roy Sanyal(Roby Ghosh), Raghuvir Yadav(Hakim Saab), Anindita Bose(Rhea), Akansha Ranjan Kapoor(Anuya) and  Dib yendu Bhattacharya(Peer Baba).

Release Date and Rating

This Netflix Original crime drama thriller web series is set to premiere on 25 June 2021 where you can watch in Hindi and English Language. In Ray review, this drama series is inspired by four short stories 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).

Critic Rating :
4/5

Ray web series is rated 4 star rating by average user critic rating. In Ray review, an anthology series inspired by satyajit ray short stories name by “Ray” Created by Sayantan Mukherjee and Manoj Bajpayee, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Ali Fazal excellent performer’s in Netflix is totally remarkable.

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