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Hush Hush review: Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan-starrer is a meandering thriller that could have been great

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Hush Hush review: Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan-starrer is a meandering thriller that could have been great

Hush Hush, a new thriller on Prime Video, immediately reminded me of Big Little Lies in its initial teaser video. Both programmes feature female high-society pals caught up in an unplanned controversy. But the similarities stop there. Big Little Lies was a powerhouse, conveying a straightforward story in a gripping way. The opposite approach is used by Hush Hush, which starts with an intriguing premise, sets it up nicely, and then completely loses the story in a way that is absolutely perplexing. Despite all the brilliance and promise it possesses, as well as the early indications of excellent narrative, it ultimately turns into a depressing tale of “what might have been.”

Hush Hush is a drama that centres on four close friends who work as power brokers in upscale Gurgaon: Juhi Chawla as Ishi Sanghamitra, Soha Ali Khan as former journalist Saiba, Shahana Goswami as fashion designer Zaira, and Juhi Chawla as homemaker Dolly (Kritika Kamra). They discover their lives are out of control after an unfortunate event at a party, and they are suddenly involved in a crime that may be too enormous for them to understand. They are being pursued by a sharp officer named Geeta Tehlan (Karishma Tanna) and other unidentified shady individuals as they attempt to save themselves. The show’s premise, location, and tone are all novel and new. It doesn’t feel at all contrived that the cast and crew are all female. Everything is in its proper place, but only initially.

Hush Hush gets going quickly. It does a good job of establishing the people, their histories, relationships with one another, and complex subplots. By the third or fourth episode, you are really immersed in the story and eagerly anticipating its resolution. Tanuja Chandra brings to the lengthy format her expertise as a director of masterpieces like Dushman and Sangharsh. But the reward never materialises. The mystery is not solved; rather, the entire play collapses in on itself.

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Any good thriller should have a central focal point where all the loose ends come together and are resolved. Instead, they take a different direction in Hush Hush. After a while, it appeared that the writers were more concerned with creating as many cliffhangers as they could for a future season 2. Although that might always be a good thing, the plot must first come together. A seven-episode arc must have a payout, some emotional closure, and some narratives resolved. Because so many of the subplots and red herrings, quite simply, seem to have little to do with the people or their motivations, they start to feel like distractions.

Hush Hush’s location on the opulent Golf Course Road in Gurgaon, where the wealthy, powerful, and mighty of India live, is what makes it function. The characters’ wealth, influence, and the starkness of the violence in the middle of it all perfectly set up the shock. Anyone familiar with the area would find it more appealing. However, even those who have never visited Delhi-NCR will be able to see how the city serves as a kind of character in the novel, a symbol of decadent power.

Assisting are the performances. Juhi Chawla makes an effort with the little resources she is given in her OTT debut. Even though it isn’t a strong performance, it is sincere. She will never be able to give her character the aura they need, but she may give them the vulnerability they require. Ayesha Jhulka, another 90s Bollywood heroine, serves as her ideal antagonist. The two actors are in some of the best scenes. Additionally, Soha Ali Khan and Kritika Kamra shine, expertly illustrating how high-society living can be a trap for women. Shahana, in my opinion, was dealt a harsh hand because her character was so underdeveloped compared to the other characters.

Despite a changing accent that is at best distracting and at worst irritating, Karishma Tanna’s portrayal of the Haryanvi detective is credible and endearing. Veterans Benjamin Gilani and Vibha Chhibber stand out in small but significant roles outside of the main cast.

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Hush Hush struggles because it isn’t sure of who or what it wants to be. It occasionally serves as a criticism on India’s wealthy and corrupt elite. Other times, it serves as a reflection of the nation’s ultra-depravity. rich’s It is also fundamentally a whodunnit. The issue is that the show is incapable of multitasking.

As a result, whenever it emphasises one component, another is hurt. Characters are introduced without context, entire threads and subplots are dropped for an episode, and characters act a little too frequently and conveniently out of character. It’s a sad little example of “what if” and “what might have been,” as I stated. Because it only just partially satisfies that first promise, it feels even worse. Better was due to the talent, both in front of and behind the camera. Like we all do.

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The creators of Pippa respond to criticism of AR Rahman’s rendition of the song Karar Oi Louho Kopat by Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam

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The creators of Pippa respond to criticism of AR Rahman’s rendition of the song Karar Oi Louho Kopat by Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam

In the realm of art, especially when it involves a beloved poet’s work, emotions run deep. The recently released rendition of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s timeless composition “Karar Oi Louho Kopat” by the legendary AR Rahman for the upcoming film Pippa has stirred discussions and, inevitably, some criticism. The creators of Pippa have chosen to respond, fostering an open dialogue about artistic interpretation, cultural sensitivity, and the collaborative spirit of creative endeavors.

A Musical Odyssey: AR Rahman’s Rendition

AR Rahman, a maestro in the world of music, took on the monumental task of interpreting Kazi Nazrul Islam’s iconic work for the soundtrack of Pippa. “Karar Oi Louho Kopat,” known for its profound lyrics and historical significance, is a piece of cultural heritage that resonates deeply with Bengali speakers worldwide. Rahman’s rendition, while undoubtedly a display of musical brilliance, prompted varied reactions from listeners, invoking discussions about fidelity to the original composition.

Navigating the Sea of Criticism: The Creators’ Response

In response to the criticism, the creators of Pippa have taken a nuanced approach, acknowledging the varied sentiments expressed by the audience. In an era where cultural appreciation and appropriation are delicate themes, the creators aim to engage in a respectful and insightful conversation with those who hold Nazrul’s work close to their hearts.

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The Art of Interpretation: Navigating Boundaries

Artistic interpretation is a complex dance, especially when traversing the revered creations of literary giants. Rahman’s rendition of “Karar Oi Louho Kopat” is not merely a cover but an interpretation, a reimagining that seeks to resonate with contemporary audiences while paying homage to the essence of the original work. The creators emphasize the intent of creating a bridge between generations, fostering a connection with Nazrul’s poetry through a modern lens.

Cultural Sensitivity and Collaboration

In a world that values cultural sensitivity, the creators of Pippa express their commitment to fostering collaboration and understanding. Rahman’s collaboration on this project is seen as a celebration of diversity and an effort to unite different artistic traditions. The goal is not to replace or diminish the original but to amplify its beauty for a new audience.

The Ongoing Conversation: A Celebration of Nazrul’s Legacy

As the conversation around AR Rahman’s rendition continues, the creators of Pippa invite fans, critics, and enthusiasts to share their perspectives. It is a testament to the dynamic nature of art, where diverse opinions contribute to a richer understanding of the creative process. The goal remains to celebrate the richness of Nazrul’s legacy and ensure that his timeless verses continue to resonate across generations.

Conclusion: A Melody of Unity

In the ever-evolving landscape of art and expression, the conversation sparked by AR Rahman’s rendition of “Karar Oi Louho Kopat” is an opportunity for unity. It is a chance for diverse voices to converge, creating a harmonious discourse that transcends geographical and cultural boundaries. As Pippa prepares to weave together the tapestry of history and contemporary expression, the creators invite everyone to be part of this collective journey, where the beauty of Nazrul’s poetry continues to be a guiding force in the ever-evolving symphony of creative interpretation.

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