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Web Series Review: Ray (2021)

TV ShowRay
GenreSatire, Psychological Thriller, Drama
LanguagesHindi
TNS ScoreNA
Run-Time58 mins
No. of Episodes4
No. of Seasons1
Original NetworkNetflix
Streaming AtNetflix
CastManoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, Gajraj Rao, Kay kay Menon
Creator Sayantan Mukherjee

It has been quite a trend now that short storytelling is now taking place in the anthology world and has not met the viewer’s expectations accurately. Ray also follows the same pattern, just like Ajeeb Daastaans earlier this year, with different stories told or portrayed by different directors.

All four stories have been adapted from the legendary director and writer “Satyajit Ray.” Ray is an Indian anthology web series combined with four different short stories mix with satire and psychological thrillers by three different directors. But, first, two of the four stories are from the same director, Srijit Mukherji’s “Forget me not” and “Bahrupiya,” in which Ali Fazal and Kay Kay Menon played the lead role, respectively.

1. Forgot Me Not

The story revolves around a successful entrepreneur Ipsit Rama Nair whose life is utmost perfect until a mysterious event takes place, and he starts losing his mind, which leads him to ruin everything he proud of.


The screenplay(Siraj Ahmed) and cinematography(Swapnil Sonawane) are the story’s main highlights, capturing the dazzling Mumbai city experience and aura through the lens along with brilliant editing by Nitin Baid. Performance from the actors is good as the story has some fine performers like Fazal, Sweta Basu Prasad and Anindita Prasad.

2. Bahrupiya

The story focuses on a makeup artist IndraAshish, who is constantly being treated as a pushover by people around him and decided to use his makeup skills to teach a lesson to those, which certainly causes self-destruction.

The main highlight of the story is Kay Kay Menon’s top-notch performance and the story of his mysterious character. Supporting performance from Bidita Bag and Dibyendu Bhattacharya is great. Cinematography by Arkodeb Mukherjee is superb as it captures the true essence of Kolkata and elevates IndraAshish’s road to destruction.
Direction from Srijit Mukherjee has not been upto the mark as both stories failed to portray Ray’s stories with true elixir and present a half-baked overall product.

3. Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa

The third story, “Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa,” directed by Abhishek Chaubey, perfectly captures the elements of ray’s stories by being intelligent at the undivided concept and dept of the story. There are so many occasions in this anthology that it has been technically spectacular and sincere in storytelling.


The story centers around a famous gazal singer, Musafir Ali(Manoj Bajpeyee), and a retired wrestler turned in sports editor Aslam Baig, played by Gajraj Rao, met on a train journey where related little incidents remind Musafir Ali of a similar journey that happens ten years ago.
Performance from these two acting wizards is the main highlight of the story, further supported by two geniuses Ragubir Yadav and Manoj Pahwa. The conversational dialogue between them frequently speaks about natural human behaviors in a hilarious way. Visuals and some shots are superbly captured and created, which hooked the viewers most of the time to this compelling storytelling.

4. Spotlight

The last story, “Spotlight,” directed by Vasan Bala, has not captured Ray’s magical elements. The story revolves around a popular actor Vik Played by Harshvardhan Kapoor, going through an existational crisis as he can’t understand his work and is known for only one look. His insecurities peak and threaten his fam when he identified the masses of worship for a mystic woman called ‘Didi.’


The main highlight of the story is the writing and the performance of its lead. In contrast, the story was about the actor’s insecurities about his dim fam, which is portrayed hilariously and brilliantly on the screen by Harshvardhan. Moreover, supporting roles from Chandan Roy Sanyal as Robby, Akanksha Ranjan Kapoor as Anuya, and Radhika Madan as Didi are perfectly cast and acted. But in the end, it feels like the story has been stretched unnecessary, which is why this story is long in all of them.

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