Series review: Bambai Meri Jaan
Director of the series
The cast of the series
Avinash Tiwary, Amyra Dastur, Kay Kay Menon, Kritika Kamra, Nivedita Bhattacharya
Where to watch
Amazon Prime Video
It can be challenging to master the genre of gangster dramas. After all, it is one’s responsibility to tell the tale of a person hungry for power and control, who was ruthless in pursuing their goals, killed numerous people, and halted law and order. These characters also get humanized, but it’s significant to avoid glorifying them.
Plot of the series
That’s a fine line to walk, considering how naturally drawn to violence humans are. We witness the ascent and emergence of a character in “Bambai Meri Jaan,” whose life has been the subject of numerous stories and film adaptations.
A police officer’s son from Dongri rises to prominence and eventually becomes the “zamindar” of Bambai or Mumbai. He wants to establish his D-Company in Dubai and take over the market there.
Review of the series
Even though real names didn’t appear in the show, it is clear which real-life person is at issue here. The show, which includes narration by Ismail Qadri and seems brilliantly performed by Kay Kay Menon, slowly traces his fall from grace as he goes from being an “imandaar” police officer to becoming forced to strike a deal with the “shaitan” or Haji Maqbool (Saurabh Sachdeva).
Dara’s (Avinash Tiwary) lust for power intensifies as he matures. He wants money, enough for his family to never face poverty again because of his father’s steadfast commitment to being imaandaar. But this greed quickly transforms into a lust for power. The change is a significant one, going from a small fry attempting to rip off consumers with a Rado watch to someone who challenges the uncontested business model established by Haji and Pathan.
Along with him, he sets his sister Habiba (Kritika Kamra) and brothers Saadiq (Jitin Gulati) and Ajju (Lakshya Kochar) on a similar route to violence, disorder, and total control over Mumbai in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The gangster drama series stays true to its style. There is enough murder, bloodshed, and scenes to give you the chills. It’s best to avoid this if disturbing material isn’t your thing.
Performances of the actors
The performances that stand out are those of Kay Kay Menon, Nivedita Bhattacharya, and Avinash Tiwary. Avinash Tiwary took over the show after the first few episodes, but Menon and Bhattacharya were in charge from the beginning. Menon is undoubtedly the show’s protagonist, and Tiwary is the anti-hero, to use exaggeration.
With his extraordinary talent, Menon transforms from a proud man of principles into someone who must support the underworld to protect his family. What highlights his performance is the shift in his body language. Bhattacharya, who plays his wife Sakina, expertly transitions between the mother proud of her sons and the one split between them and her husband.
Overall, you know what to watch this weekend if you enjoy gangster or crime dramas. This week is about Avinash Tiwary, who also stars in the other OTT release, “Kaala.” The best part is that he collaborates with Kay Kay Menon on that show.
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