The reliance of human life on medical care is nothing new, and as the pandemic rages on, we have come to rely on medicines such as air. But what if the same thing promises that we can be healed and leads us to the door of death? Disney+ Hotstar’s newest show, Human, answers that question and more in ten episodes. The series features two clear-headed and ambitious doctors, Gauri Nath (Shefali Shah) and Saira Sabarwal (Kirti Kulhari) at the helm, and begins with a story dealing with illicit drug trials for the most vulnerable in society.
Mangu agreed to let his parents take a drug test as volunteers in the hope that the money he received would help them escape poverty. When his mother fell ill, his investigation and the intervention of an NGO brought him closer to a more complex web of lies.
Surgeon Saira, on the other hand, joins Manthan Hospital on Gauri’s recommendation, and her quest for the truth constitutes another major sticking point for the show.
On the face of it, this is a political story about unethical drug testing on humans and their effects, but the show’s producers haven’t forgotten that body shape isn’t the only aspect of being human. To be called, you need a functioning mind.
This peculiar treatment of the show reminds viewers that when we so often focus on our physical health, we neglect our mental health, and forget that the mind and body complement each other to make us whole – what makes us human. But this is not a show that preaches the importance of mental health.
Behind the displays of political power, mutual control, and the investigation surrounding these crimes lies a story of how much power we give to trauma to control our lives. It’s about figuring out the mysteries of being a human being.
However, drug testing isn’t the only conflict in the series. To be able to undo her trauma, Dr. Gowrie conducted a separate experiment with ten girls, where they were injected with a drug that made them laugh all the time. Each episode unleashes a new trauma, and the actors hand-deliver that experience to the audience through their powerful on-screen presence and performance.
Those who have seen Shah in her previous adventures (Delhi Crime, Ajeeb Daastans) know what the actress is capable of. In “Human,” she surpassed that level and set a higher bar for herself. In scenes where she doesn’t deliver the deadly lines in her quiet voice, her gaze sends shivers down the spine. She owns the scene she’s in, and in her absence, the audience gets anxious about what the mastermind does.
Kuhari is also worth a look. Gorey and Serra aren’t the epitome of good or bad. They are scattered between the extremes of white and black, the only thing that differentiates them is how they deal with their respective traumas.
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