Director: Venkat Prabhu
Cast: Kajal Aggarwal, Vaibhav Reddy, Kayal Anandhi, Priyanka, Subbu Panchu, Arunachalam
The Coronavirus pandemic led to a spurt in net content material. What within the preliminary days of Covid 19 started as a more-or-less smart kind of sit-at-home leisure now seems to have slipped into a race for one-upmanship. And very similar to the umpteen quantity of streaming platforms that bask in cut-throat competitors with each other for greater TRP, callously ignoring novelty and substance, Tamil director Venkat Prabhu’s first foray into a net collection with Live Telecast – simply out on Disney+Hotstar – hits exactly on this in a seven-episode story of how a channel in its bid to out-beat others, stoops to probably the most unethical of means.
Titled Dark Tales, the TV present revolves round a staff, led by Jenifer Matthew (Kajal Aggarwal), which invitations males and ladies who’ve skilled paranormal occasions. But Matthew invariably twists the climax in each story to make it scarier and tragic! In a world that is combating irrationality, blind perception and superstition, she promotes these very ideas in her programme and makes them seem actual.
So, when a couple drives right down to a lonely wooded space at evening to grab a few moments of intimacy, the person is mysteriously dragged away. The lady returns house in a state of panic. This Dark Tale ends there, however in actuality, the person comes again after a whereas – a incontrovertible fact that Matthew retains hidden from her viewers – although a lot to the chagrin of her colleagues.
However, when in one other episode she will get her solid to enact a scene of a lady being raped by a ghost, there is a enormous hue and cry. The promoters of the programme pull the plug leaving Matthew bitterly lamenting that Indian audiences have “no taste to enjoy something which is of international quality”.
And in vengeful anger, she thinks up of one other plot, this time in a supposedly haunted home in Yelagiri (a hill resort in Tamil Nadu), placing the lives of the household which resides there and of these in her staff in peril.
Live Telecast, opposite to Matthew’s competition, is miles and miles away from “international quality”. Recent net collection like The Undoing and Lupin amongst a number of others are these which make the grade. Not Live Telecast.
Prabhu’s work was conceived as a function movie a decade in the past, however he appears to have turned it into a net collection. The time lag exhibits, and Live Telecast is so jaded and dated that it is a ache to take a seat by means of the episodes. The writing is careless, the characters haven’t been etched out, and Aggarwal is awfully disappointing, strolling in and out of her scenes in tearing hurry.
(Gautaman Bhaskaran is a film critic and creator of a biography of Adoor Gopalakrishnan)
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