August 15, 2022
Afsos Review: We’re sorry to inform you that this Amazon Series is not worth your time

Wait (me) if you think you’ve heard it before. (We realize you can’t bear with us. And no, this is not a reference to Smith.) A suicidal hero wants to die but they can’t start killing themselves. Unsure of how to proceed, they are presented with a novel idea: hire a hitman to do it for them. It is a popular conceit in filmmaking, so much so that it has its own page on both pop culture databases. imdband plot convention catalog TV Tropes, Stand-up comic Anirban Dasgupta and newcomer Dibya Chatterjee, two creators of new Amazon Prime Video miniseries sorry – Hindi for “sorry” – probably know this, which is why they add a new ingredient to the mix: an elixir of life.

on the surface, sorry – based on the little-known Bengali novel “Golpar Goru Chande” – unfolds as a black comedy that seeks to engage with morbid questions including the value of life, the ghost of death and the price of immortality. But the Amazon series — co-written by producers Dasgupta and Chatterjee with another newcomer in Saurav Ghosh — is never clear on what the tone is supposed to be. Often, sorry finds itself in a very different comedy sub-genre, one absurd, one where the laughter is up to the audience leaving their mind behind. This in itself can be eclectic, as Dasgupta has largely failed to display his comedic talent on screen, with few exceptions.

Unfortunately, the failure of its comedic tag is hardly the only problem. sorry – and its creative team. The Amazon series suffers from an inconsistent narrative, where things only happen because the writers have predetermined them to happen, not because they should. Characters appear and disappear out of nowhere sorry, which either treats them as plot fodder or eliminates them when they run out of ideas for their character arc. Also, Anubhuti Kashyap’s (Moi Marjani) direction is amateurish in some parts, which in turn affects the performances of the actors. It leaves behind a show that doesn’t really have the finesse needed to pull you off.

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sorry Begins with our suicidal protagonist Nakul (Gulshan Devaiah), a failed writer from Mumbai, preparing to kill himself on the train tracks. This isn’t his first attempt – there have been a dozen before – as we are told in the opening 10 minutes that when Nakul tries to commit suicide other people sometimes die. Unlucky in every part of his life, Nakul tells doctor Shloka Srinivasan (Anjali Patil) about his misfortune – instead of what everyone would call fate. On his way back home, when Nakul fails to kill himself by jaywalking again, he is given a pamphlet that points him to a company that provides assisted suicide services.

except nakul really wanting to die, as his physician readily concludes, and which he later accepts after a near-death experience. The problem is that her contract is handed over to Upadhyay (Heeba Shah), who always completes a task and doesn’t take it for granted. Meanwhile, a parallel subplot in sorry Spanning from London, United Kingdom to Harsil, Uttarakhand, an elderly sage Fokatiya Baba (Robin Das), a driven police inspector Bir Singh (Akash Dahiya), and planning scientist Dr. goldfish (Jamie Alter), all of which get mixed up. In the case of multiple murders, which focuses on an elixir of life that – thanks to coincidences – ties into the life of our hero.

Although Nakul has a half-death wish, his character is never really in danger as the Amazon series would fall apart without him. for what it’s worth, sorry A brief meta-moment toys with the idea of ​​killing its protagonist — Nakula’s doctor essentially breaks down the fourth wall — but it immediately chickens out. It’s the closest to commenting on the genre it’s based on, and his reluctance to move forward is a disappointment. and failing to do so, sorry Leaves the option to get into real humor. If it were comfortable embracing its vague identity, it could use it to justify any number of phenomena, including repeated disregard for the laws of physics.

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Anjali Patil as Shloka Srinivasan sorry
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Sure, some of it is meaningless in the context of the big picture but it’s part of the writers’ toolkit to keep Nakula alive. sorry, which reads like the plot armor responsible for their continued existence as the show progresses. This is shoddy writing, and far from the only example of it. Nakul and Shloka have known each other for six months when we see them for the first time and yet, he tells his entire pitiful story as if it was their first meeting. The exposition is quite poor in general, with the characters literally prompting each other to talk about themselves, or launching into (unexpected) monologues that either reveal their inspiration or explain the themes of the show. We do.

writing is ultimately an endless curse sorry, Its characters, most of whom are largely ruined, forgotten or fooled as the plot suits. The narrative, which proceeds in a faint and sinister fashion, at times relies on coincidences to propel itself. Unable to fabricate real thrills, the Amazon series draws shock value from killing innocent people — around Nakul — including children, which makes black comedy a lot harder to digest. And in a single case, it changes from out of the blue to Bollywood music. Everything that comes together to form a fictional and unbelievable chain of events—especially in the finale—has eight episodes; We have seen it all.

Just like Nakul regrets hiring Hitman, we regret to inform you that the Amazon series is not worthy of your time. (Sorry, not sorry) It was too fitting for a title – sorry – Should not be used as a punchline.

Afsos is now available on Amazon Prime Video worldwide,

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