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Dil Bechara (2020)
The Movie Felt Rushed.
The movie was rushed. I just didn't get as to why did they have to move at such high speed. The writer/director just didn't allow the scenes to have some breathing space. If you cut scenes so quickly, it doesn't allow the audience to connect emotionally with the characters. A movie should come across as a natural progression of a story, but unfortunately in 'Dil Bechara' it seemed as if the people working on the movie just wanted to get through with their job. It felt like a huge portion of the movie was edited out. This movie was unable to find buyers for the last 2 years, so i can see why they tried to trim down it's length, but it was a bad decision because it had a terrible impact on the movie. American movies may work with a 90 minute duration, Indian movies don't and filmmakers really need to realize this. Also replacing the "book" with a "song" was a strange decision, i feel the director/writer underestimated the women of India. Besides, a book will always have a bigger impact on a person's life than a song. Sanjana Sanghi has a fantastic screen presence, and for an actress with so little acting experience, she did very well. I hope she continues to work in the Indian Film Industry. Sushant Singh Rajput has done a good job in every single film of his and this wasn't any different (except for a few scenes, where i think he overacted, he just came across way too over enthusiastic). The reason behind the positive response received by 'Dil Bechara' has more to do with the lead actor than the movie itself. But lauding praises on a poorly made film is not the right way to honour an actor, it's much better to watch those hidden gems that you've always overlooked just because you didn't find them entertaining enough.
Poorly Paced, Too Long.
Aarya moves at an extremely slow pace, the character motives are not completely clear and there are plenty of unnecessary scenes. Sushmita Sen was never really a great actress and has only done here what her limited acting capacity allowed her to do. Namit Das (Jawaahar), Vishwajeet Pradhan (Sampat) and Vikas Kumar (ACP Khan) were the best actors of the show in my opinion. The scenes involving Aarya's elder son and his girlfriend were completely unnecessary, and on top of that both are terrible actors. Why didn't Aarya trust ACP Khan in the first place ? She disliked her family's profession, wanted her husband to leave everything, even threatened her husband of a divorce if he doesn't quit the business and yet when the opportunity arrived knocking at her door, she refused to open it. Also, why didn't Tej (Chandrachur Singh) inform Aarya about his motives ?
The creators should have kept a shorter run time for each episode and wrapped the show in 5 episodes. If they are really serious about a second season, then they should definitely cut down the duration of the episodes and improve the pacing of the show in general. Pacing is a key difference between the shows created by Amazon, Netflix and other digital platforms. While Paatal Lok, The Family Man, Sacred Games, Delhi Crime moved at a fantastic pace, Aarya on the other hand was a bore-fest. It is important to support and promote self-made actors and filmmakers, but that doesn't mean that we should start praising everything that they make. Aarya is at best an average show that took too long to reach its predictable climax.
Criminal Justice (2019)
Giving 10 episodes to this series was a terrible idea. The parallel track of the jail politics had nothing to do with the main plot of the show, and the only reason reason for it's existence was to provide Vikrant Massey something to do. I thought that perhaps the two story lines would ultimately connect somehow, but it never happened. They merged two web-series into one, and in the process made it an extremely difficult and tiresome watch for it's audience. It was completely unnecessary for this show to last this long and it should have been wrapped up in maximum 5 episodes. The murder investigation and the court scenes were the best part of the show. Every single scene involving Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka, Mita Vashisht and the police officers was way more interesting to watch than the events unfolding inside the jail, which frankly speaking served no purpose at all. Yes, the acting of all the actors inside the jail was extremely good, but that whole track was extremely boring and completely pointless.