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It would not be an injustice to categorize ‘The Fame Game’ as Madhuri’s show. The actress with a beaming 1000-watt smile made her debut in the OTT world with this mystery-drama series that went live on February 25. Overall, all the characters have aptly given life to the character they have played. In the skin of Anamika, Madhuri adorns a celebrity’s life and persuasively performs it. In just eight episodes, the series has highlighted a myriad of issues, including normalizing homosexual relationships. 

Nevertheless, a sense of perplexity exists in all the individual stories, which further gives rise to numerous unresolved mysteries. Despite all these, the most crucial factor is that the story threads such an engaging garland that you can not restrain from binge-watching. 

Scroll down to read how the characters and setup have given a sophisticated aura to the series.

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The Fame Game Review: A Thread Of
Mystery, Duplicity, And Hypocrisy

The Fame Game Review: Story

The Fame Game Review: Story

The series has an interesting hook – Anamika Anand, a Bollywood diva known for disappearing onscreen, suddenly disappears in real-life without any trace. It’s all about her disappearance that further triggers an investigation, portraying the complicated relations, insecurities, professional issues, truth, and lies. 

Adding on, it unveils the concealed, dark side behind the gaudy and alluring life of Bollywood stars and their families. 

The Fame Game Review: Cinematography

The Fame Game Review: Cinematography

The cynicism of glamour and flamboyance perfectly peeks out from the shades of reds in the color palette. The background music and songs dawn upon the slouching houses, extravagant vanities, and ceaseless fame. Exorbitant stage setup and picturesque locations leave no chance to present the authentic picture of the star life.

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The Fame Game Review: Hide and seek of deception

The Fame Game Review: Hide and seek of deception

The prominent striking feature is the whodunit factor. While on the cover, it appears to be the perfect family; on the contrary, it has secrets and lies. The roller coaster of suspense and thrill makes you binge-watch the series, thus making you eagerly await for the next season to unfold the mystery. 

Throughout the series, the scriptwriters have digressed the audience’s decision. Someone who seems to be the potential suspect in one episode turns out to be a red herring in the other one. Likewise, all the episodes juggle from the past to the present, just like it did move six months back, when Manav, Anamika’s lover, made an entrance into her life. 

The Fame Game Review: The Fame Game Cast

Without drifting away from the legacy she has been carrying, Madhuri once again owns the series and the screen. The setting, attires, and locations all laud upon the lavish life of the actors. The two kids, Lakshvir and Muskkaan, have promisingly played their characters. Manav Kaul and Sanjay Kapoor shouldn’t be left untalked; they indeed did justice to what they had been offered. 

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The Fame Game Review: Life of Secrecy

Anamika disappears one night while her phone and accessories are still lying in her bedroom. There seems to be no evidence of the atrocity that has happened. Like Anamika did not ever exist, everything is normal, and her disappearance made no difference. However, the entire family is a compulsive hoarder; they are hiding secrets, not only from one another but from the investigators too. All this marks down to the fact that the film industry is somehow fundamentally flawed. 

The Fame Game Review: Persisting stereotypes about women

Anamika, the protagonist, is depicted as an actress surrounded by professional burdens, financial problems, and the hard-hearted industry. Nikhil Anand, Anamika’s husband, makes terrible investments, while her mother Suhasini’s gambling adds to the financial burden. Does it end here? No! Anamika indeed had no right to make her own decisions. Her mother, Suhasini, leads the life of archetypal older Indian ladies. 

The Fame Game Review: The queer dimension

The Fame Game Review: The queer dimension

One of the prominent aspects highlighted in the series is Anamika’s son, Avinash’s character molded as a homosexual man. Here, comes to light the so-called star thing, where Avinash has a hard time accepting that he isn’t straight as in his belief it would hamper his image as a celebrity kid. It doesn’t end here, the things go worse when Nikhil learns about his son’s sexual orientation. 

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The Fame Game Review: The dual face

Anamika’s character shows how actors conceal their private lives under makeup while stepping into the spotlight on stage. It is indeed thought-provoking to realize that someone posing for the award function pictures in the morning vanquishes in the night. This sheds light on what a person reflects in the exterior; a potentially explosive ball of darkness might exist inside that individual. 

The Fame Game Review: Conclusion

Despite all these, the most crucial factor is that the story threads such an engaging garland that you can not restrain from binge-watching. However, you might have been suspecting the potential accused throughout the series, the ending leaves an unsatiated curiosity that makes you await for the next season.

The loud colors and brilliant staging is the appealing factor that makes this series worth watching. Let’s hear how the characters and setup have given a sophisticated aura to the series, according to you.

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The Batman: Unpopular Opinions From Critics And Audience

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Unpopular Opinions About The Batman

The Batman is getting tremendous applause from critics and audiences alike. The newest rendition based on the YEAR ONE and THE LONG HALLOWEEN comics had a tremendous weekend collection with a staggering $258 million at the global box office and has already passed the milestone of $300 million fifth day, confirming that it is being loved worldwide. 

Although there are certain people, both critics, and audience, that feel otherwise and have presented different opinions. Scroll down to read the unpopular opinions about the Batman movie.

The Batman: Unpopular Opinions From
Critics And Audience

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 1: Pacing and Run time

The Batman: Pacing and Run time

The film has very slow pacing with a run time of 2h 56m, which is a lot for today’s audience.

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The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 2: Underdeveloped chemistry between The Bat and The Cat

The Batman: Underdeveloped chemistry between The Bat and The Cat

Though both are great characters on their own, Batman and Catwoman’s chemistry falls apart at some crucial points. 

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 3: Underutilisation of supporting characters

The Batman: Underutilisation of supporting characters

Some integral supporting characters like Alfred (Batman’s most trusted ally) seem very underutilised and do not contribute to the storyline as expected. 

The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 4: Hyper-realistic and Lacks Action

The Batman: Hyper-realistic and Lacks Action

The Batman being very realistic takes the experience and thrill of watching a comic book movie away. The film places action sequences in very few places which takes away the thrill.

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The Batman Unpopular Opinions Number 5: Forced inclusion

The Batman: Forced inclusion

Joker’s inclusion doesn’t seem like a genuine story demand and is more of a forced inclusion.

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The World Of Thrillers, Gunfires & Cold-Blooded Mobsters

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The World Of Thrillers, Gunfires & Cold-Blooded Mobsters

A SonyLiv crime drama presenting the powerful Atwals owning a huge resort in the heart of Manali enjoying the marriage of the family’s son. The plot takes its villainous twists and turns after a patriarch shoots a tribal dancing girl under the influence of gaiety and alcohol. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The world of thrillers, gunfires & cold-blooded mobsters

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Dramatis personae

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Dramatis personae

The script is full of a multitude of eccentric characters who are completely ruthless and thoroughly corrupt. The only innocent person with a conscience is killed in cold blood. Surya Sharma as Rinku with his sharp gangster image obviously created a lasting impact. Also, Papaji played by Harsh Chhaya as the filthy-mouthed alcoholic impresses the audience beyond measure. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: Good or Evil?

Perhaps, this crime thriller is not the one that would give you an easy choice between who is just or who is a criminal. This is undoubtedly an innovative way to portray how reality unfolds itself when lawlessness is the law of the land, where there is no thin line between good men and bad men. From the cops to the media persons, everyone is corrupt in the drama.

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The post-truth era

No single person in the story is a man of integrity, everyone is fallible to the delicacies of money and power. If you are someone who seeks at least some morals, sorry to tell you, this one will disappoint you. Truth is just a matter of perspective here, untrustworthiness rules. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: A little exhausting at times

The first season would definitely be a wild ride where you would be constantly thrilled to know what lies ahead but certainly, the experience gets saturated after a while. It is maybe because of the constant bombardment of twists after twists that the characters make or rather it is the same chor-police narrative that is to blame. The second season feels a little stretched till the end of time. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The Naxals

The show certainly did a great job in mainstreaming the Naxal ideology. As the difference between good & bad blurs, the audience is slightly invited to shift to the tribal perspective. The character played by Koyal, a tribal girl is extraordinary in depicting the rules of the jungle where the less powerful have no means but to be on a killing spree to get whatever little justice they can for the damages done to them. 

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Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The language 

The show depicts an influx of Bengali & Punjabi cultures. If looked at carefully, the differences between the lifestyle of these two states are clearly visible that making the show vibrant in its own way. Especially the cuss words of Punjabi are so crude that they will betray your ears. 

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The message

Well, life is of little value when politics, money, and power proves to be larger than the humans who have created them in the very first place. People are ready to do almost anything for petty freebies. In such a world even the influence of insensitive sex & drugs appears pretty normal.

Undekhi Season 2 Web Series Review: The ending

Season 2 ended with lots of melodrama and gunshots. The bombs interspersed with lots of action sometimes appeared to be just too much but definitely not enough to deter the echo of the coming seasons if there are any in the cue. Although, that would be like asking a lot from the direction team if they have to cater to its loyal audience with the same thrill. 

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The stellar performances with some really good situational shenanigans make it worth giving it a try. 

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A Thursday: A Gripping Yet Predictable Thriller

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A Thursday

The story is about a playschool Teacher Naina, who keeps 16 small students as hostages and keeps a series of demands in return for every kid. Consequently, it becomes an emergency in the country.

A Thursday Review: Cinematography

The Cinematography is relevant to the gripping thriller with a certain subtlety. It is successful in creating a background to the plot with a little darkness and constant rain to keep the viewer engaged and let the audience wonder what might happen next. 

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A Thursday Review: Pace

A Thursday has a runtime of 129 minutes that feels a little exaggerated, particularly when the film delves into searching Naina’s past. Also, the film feels predictable in the end and seems a bit long. 

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A Thursday Review: Theme

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The film raises an important issue of capital punishment for rapists by highlighting the lifelong impact on victims of sexual violence and the inability of the system to deliver justice. 

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A Thursday Review: Performances

There can be contrasting views, but the performances have been noteworthy. Yami Gautam proves her matte as an actor again with a fine performance that holds the film.

Neha Dhupia has again done a commendable job while playing a pregnant cop and understands her character well. Atul Kulkarni makes hard efforts to make us believe in his character but seems overdramatic at some points 

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Overall, the movie tries to keep the audience engaged with the viewer but feels predictable after a point. However, it successfully conveys an important theme.

Watch the film for its theme and performances particularly if you are a thriller fan. 

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