Divyenndu as Akhil
  • Release Date: 18/11/2020
  • Cast: Divyenndu, Sayed Zeeshan Quadri, Anshul Chauhan, Abhinav Anand, Rajesh Sharma
  • Director: Ashish R Shukla
  • Story and Screenplay: Ghalib Asad Bhopali and Gibran Noorani

Another spirited Divyenndu effort nearly elevates this series to a greater height than what it aspired for

Bicchoo Ka Khel is the newest entry in the Mirzapur-esc style of content that has, in this time of COVID-19, captured the imagination of the viewers with their hilarious content, simmering drama, unabashed violence, quirky profanity, and non-stop entertainment. Akhil (Divyenndu – Munna Bhaiya from Mirzapur) and his father Babu unwittingly get involved in the murder of Munna Singh (Gautam Babbar), a local don of Banaras. Munna Singh along with Anil Choubay (Satyajit Sharma) and Mr. Ojha was involved in an enormous Banaras Re-development Project that was poised to change the fate of the three individuals and make them so rich that their next 7 generations would not have the need to work ever again. Munna’s sudden death, Babu’s implication in the case, Akhil’s efforts to exonerate his father of the charges, and the urge for revenge of the people involved with Munna result in an elaborate cat and mouse game that sees our protagonist race ahead and slip back in the race violently as the story builds up for a rollicking climax.

Bicchoo Ka Khel is essentially a whodunit thriller that has added flavors of a political drama, earthen Indian comedy, and a quirky love story. There are three major murders that happen in the series and the story is about how Akhil goes ahead with unmasking the three perpetrators. I was glad to note that the makers took three different approaches to the three murders and how Akhil arrives at the culprits of these three murders. The first murder happens in the very first episode of the series and we see who has committed the crime but over the course of the next 8 episodes, the writers create so much confusion about what had actually happened on the instant when the murder was committed that we have three potential suspects to the same murder and we are not sure of who the actual killer was.

The second murder is that of Munna Singh and is committed without us getting a chance to see who the perpetrator was. Babu is implicated and on the resolution of this crime, the proceedings of the rest of the series depend. Hence we learn about Munna’s murderer in the very end and it is an interesting reveal. The third murder and the murderer are revealed almost instantaneously and this murder is used as the catalyst to set Akhil on the path to unmask the man who murdered Munna. This murder is the most important and while the makers use it initially to raise some intrigue about a female character, the quick reveal of who the actual murderer took away all the drama that it had created. I wasn’t particularly satisfied with how this murder was dealt with and I felt that the writers could have done a lot more with it and used it to extract more drama and intrigue. Also, the revelation of the actual murderer and the ploy that the writers used to extract surprise for the duration of a few minutes was unwarranted and made me feel cheated.

Sayed Zeeshan Quadri as Inspector Nikunj Tiwari

Apart from the thrills and intrigues involved in the tale, the series is heavily dependent on the situational comedy that it has healthy doses of. The language is profane but I have to agree that it is this profanity along with the mannerisms of the character that results in some of the most hilarious comedic moments that we have seen in a while. Dialogues like — “agar chutiyo ke sing hote to tum barahsinga hote be”, “tum jo aye zindagi mein, jhaat jal gayi”, “ye jo bharose wale hote hai na, yehi bhosdiwale hote hai” — will make you roll with laughter when you witness the various characters mouth them in different situations. The series also boasts of some hilarious side characters that I wished had longer roles. My favorite of the lot is Goli Yadav aka Banaras Ka Batman (Durgesh Kumar). The little dialogues that he has with Akhil made me roll with laughter. Akhil’s friend and accomplice in crime Vikas (Abhinav Anand) is another hilarious character. The scene involving him asking for red sauce for his fitters and how it ends was one of the most outrageously funny bits in the series.

Another character, Goldy Singh (Abhishek Chauhan) is terrific in his minuscule essay. Goldy is Munna’s son and he had planned to kill his father but before he could carry out the strike, Munna was already killed by someone else. As the story progresses, he gets implicated and then arrested for a crime that he didn’t commit. Even the woman of disrepute who he had himself married off to his father was now coming after him with accusation. His distraught expressions, verbal abuse, and sheer awe at how he was getting closer and closer to the noose was a source of healthy laughs.

Sayed Zeeshan Quadri, the man who wrote Gangs of Wasseypur plays the cop entrusted with solving all three murders. While he is at it, he has to deal with an ever-horny wife hell-bent on role-playing. Both aspects of his character work wonderfully well because Zeeshan is so good in them. He invokes the right kind of reactions from the audiences and his grip on the topography and how the character should behave makes him that much more effective. He is effective in extracting the expression of sheer frustration at how the investigation of the murders proceeds as with every episode, we see a new suspect surface but he gets no closer to nailing the actual culprit. Quadri, with this role, has laid claim to the same pedestal that actors like Pankaj Tripathi and Rajesh Sharma enjoy.

Anshul Chauhan as Rashmi

Divyenndu once again delivers a great performance. He has got used to playing characters of this nature and is really milking every ounce of entertainment and fun that these characters have to offer. However, it goes beyond saying that the writing of his character is so on point that he must have had an easier job at conjuring his magic with it. Anshul Chauhan as his lady love is apt for the tale. She swears with equal ferocity and extracts the kind of mojo that makes us take her seriously. Sadly, her character is not as well written as most of the other characters of the series.

My only issue with the series is in its lack of believability and the many…many conducive coincidences that the story has sprinkled all over it. These aspects of the series constantly kept taking me out of the experience and reminded me that this was fiction which further liquidated its appeal, charm, and grip for me. There are at least two instances when Akhil is faced with a loaded gun in the hands of his adversary and they wait just long enough for the police to arrive before pulling the trigger thereby saving his life. The editing also leaves questionable holes in the narrative when we are shown things that we are told happened at different times but when we look closer they just feel too far-fetched to have happened that way. Some character’s motivation for doing certain things and the fact that they just don’t say no to certain things asked of them also irritated me and spoiled the fun of the narrative. The courtroom sequences were the worst envisioned and executed. Courts don’t work in that manner and the writers should have known better.

Bicchoo Ka Khel is still a solid entertainer that one wouldn’t mind sitting through. With its catchy retro background score and uproarious comedy, it makes quite an impact. The performances are uniformly good and the intrigue is maintained till the very end. If only the writers had worked on the inconsistencies, realism, and execution of certain sequences, this might just have been a near-perfect series. It is still entertaining enough to merit a view.

Rating: 3/5 (3 out of 5 Stars)


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