His Storyy Review: Satyadeep Mishra, Priyamani, Mrinal Dutt’s Web Series Is About Three Brilliant Actors And One Broken Marriage

Here’s our review of Ekta Kapoor’s web series His Storyy. The show is directed by Prashant Bhagia and stars Satyadeep Mishra, Priyamani, Mrinal Dutt in key roles.

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His Storyy Review: Satyadeep Mishra, Priyamani, Mrinal Dutt’s Web Series Is About Three Brilliant Actors And One Broken Marriage
This is probably the finest coming-out series/film you will see in this country for a very long time.  I for one was bowled by the maturity displayed in much of the writing. Suparn Verma puts a delicate sensitive punctuation mark to almost every episode in this very difficult situation.

A man after 20 years of a seemingly happy marriage, and two children comes out of the closet. It’s a situation that begs for maturity and adult wisdom. As I sat watching the complex triangle unravel itself, I prayed for the writer and director to not mess up.

They didn’t. His Storyy moves like a well-oiled machine. It is smooth-cruising most of the way, though the gay relationship that breaks the marriage is a little too picture-pretty. And, the finale left me very dissatisfied, as it is probably meant to.  Apart from a couple of chaste furtive kisses between the gay couple, director Prashant Bhagia keeps the proceedings sanitized. Which is for the best. Considering the times we are living through.

A lot of the credit for the series’ scent of authenticity goes to the actors. Satyadeep Mishra and Priyamani as the married couple who find their dream world crumble to  the ground all of a sudden, are such skilled actors they can breathe  life into a dead project. This one is anything but. It is a plot woven around the theme of disintegrating relationships, not just Sakshi (Priymani) and  Kunal (Satydeep Mishra) but also their friends, all well played by actors who  understand the inner  workings of a relationship and just how much effort, sacrifice and compromise it takes to keep up the façade  of a happy marriage.

Some  of the scenes between the  couple  and their children(nicely played  by Nikhil Bhatia and Mikhial  Gandhi, the older  a full-blown homophobic,  the younger kind gentle , not necessarily gay) are  so beautifully played out I was pleasantly surprised. Ekta Kapoor is finally coming of age.

Among all the dexterously executed parent-child sequences, my favourite is  between Loveleen (Parinitaa Seth), married to a full-blown toxic  creep(played brilliantly by Rajiv Kumar)  and  her gentle sensitive  poetic probably-gay son Ved (played by  prized find Anmol Amir  Kajani). Mom shares her son’s anguish and ends the conversation jauntily with the hope that Ved finds a man better than his  father.

This is a series that will surprise you with its tonal  veracity and its penetrating gaze  at the hypocrisy  of  a  seemingly perfect urban marriages. It’s  a very good-looking series shot in posh  hotels  and  luxurious  bedrooms with well-groomed  characters  who probably don’t care who Kanhaiya Kumar is. It is  also the story of  a largely  homophobic  society where  sensitivity, overt emotions,  and  gay couples are , in the words of  bohemian teenage girl, “out of  syllabus”

Most of all, this is the story of Sakshi coming to terms with the sudden realization that her marriage  of twenty years has been a sham. Her shock confusion and eventual acceptance are vividly mapped by Priyamani. Initially, she is in denial about  the “perversion” in her  husband and in confusion  she  kisses her best friend Rafia(Charu Shankar) to see if she feels anything, just to get even with her husband.

Such moments supplant a  deep sense  of empathy in the plot,  imbuing  a feeling  of  tremendous  credibility even to some of   the  less  plausible incidents  that  prop up towards the ….err… fag end.

No matter how you look at it His Storyy is a game-changer for same-sex celluloid stories in India. It shows its layered characters, played with rock-star assurance by the cast that knows its job, making some tough choices in life and standing by them. For this alone His Storyy must be seen at your earliest.

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