Only the execution will keep the viewer’s interest in a time when there is so much stuff available that most storylines are predictable. First and foremost, the eight-episode series is definitely binge-watchable and has very little downtime. Although Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankheinis far from ideal, let’s start with the good.
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhe narrates the tale of a man whose life is upended when he falls in love with the daughter of a powerful politician. Vikrant is a straightforward young man who hopes to marry Shikha, his longtime fiancée, and work in a straightforward job. His father has spent his entire life working as an accountant for the local politician Akheraj, and he reveres him as his god. According to the narrative, Vikrant’s admission into a reputable school and college was made possible by Akheraj’s recommendations, and as a result, his father now expects him to work for him for the rest of his life.
Purva, the daughter of Akheraj, attended the same school as Vikrant, and although Vikrant thinks of her as bad luck, we see that she takes to him right away. When they reunite as adults years later, Vikrant has nothing to do with Purva and only wants to advance in his own life, even though she is still in love with him. Purva, however, is not prepared to be turned down this time. She is a girl standing in front of a boy, declaring that she owns him and that everyone who stands in the way of her will suffer a torturous death.
What To Expect From Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein ?
It’s uncommon to find the helpless male in love stories, especially ones that originate in India. He can either be seen as a very capable individual in his own right or as another extreme case of hypermasculinity. He is, nevertheless, remarkably ordinary in this tale. Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein was given a humorous makeover by the show’s creators, and while it mostly succeeded, it fell barely short of expectations for a number of reasons. We don’t discount the show’s absurdity or humour; we’re only saying that it’s not as humorous as the creators intended.
The excessive use of expletives is the first factor. To avoid sounding like a traditional Indian uncle, I must say that the expletives felt forced, as if they were just employed for comedic effect and not as a natural part of talks. This is especially true with Vikrant’s father.
Next up is Golden, the main character’s best friend and an adult film industry professional. His character has little depth or complexity beyond being the stereotypical best friend from Bollywood that we have seen and heard countless times. We observe Golden’s odd lack of encouragement for Vikrant throughout, and despite the fact that he assists him in his plots, he thinks Vikrant should quit his relationship with his fiancée and simply get married to Purva, against his wishes, in order to live a life of luxury. Golden reprimands Vikrant for becoming the very people he despised, people that Golden was pressuring Vikrant to embrace as his relatives, when Vikrant is forced into a difficult situation and must make some unpopular decisions for the security of his loved ones. We become aware of how one-dimensional Vikrant’s family and his closest friends are after seeing this particular incident. They do exactly one action throughout the entire series. Vikrant’s father worships Akheraj, silences his son whenever he speaks, and frequently uses foul language in front of him. His sister is just a troublemaker, while his mother is the naive wife who blindly agrees with everything her husband says.
Golden was Vikrant’s sarcastic friend who teases him but also supports him to some extent in his predicament. These characters aren’t any of them very likeable. Although we must confess that the effort at humour offered by the personalities of these people only comes across as grating, it isn’t enough to make us stop watching Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein.
The Good and Bad of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
The villain played by Saurabh Shukla, who goes by the name Akheraj, is your standard Bollywood bad guy with a huge ego and a sympathetic spot for his daughter. One of the few characters in the entire attempted comedy of mistakes that we can actually comprehend, he plays it perfectly and with restraint. However, one criticism of the show is that Purva’s character was not sufficiently explored. Although it is clear that she is aware of everything Vikrant is going through and is actively involved in the effort to get rid of the woman she believes Vikrant might be in love with, we are still given very little insight into her true personality. She portrays herself as the ideal wife and daughter, but the story’s concept makes it clear that she also has a manipulative, psychotic side that we are not actually privy to. Given that she is the reason why the entire plot begins, this seems a bit unjust.
Vikrant spends the entirety of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein trying valiantly to take back his life so that he can spend it with Shikha, the girl he truly loves, but it would have been truly unique if he had gotten a better understanding of what Purva actually did in the grand scheme of things rather than just leaving it to the viewer’s imagination. We can’t help but notice how unimpressive the character’s attire was in this entire “done filthy” element of her character. Every single character except Purva was given the job knowing that when it comes to visual content, the characters’ hair, clothes, and cosmetics tell us a lot about who they are. Her attire was far from simple and did nothing to further her mystique. In the upcoming seasons, her character needs to be handled more skillfully.
Although the quality of the show is on the upper side, Tahir Raj Bhasin still manages to be a bit too brilliant for it as Vikrant. He does a fantastic job of portraying the man’s desperation against the world. It’s fascinating to watch the actor go from a straightforward small-town child to a ruthless individual willing to jeopardise other people’s lives for his own gain. One of the characters played by Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Shikha, is one that you actually care about and you just want her to be happy in the end, with or without Vikrant. Can we also make a particular note of the character and actor who portrayed the man Shikha is getting married to? He wowed us all with his poetry and rap, as well as his admiration for her. I’m hoping to see him in Season 2 of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein.
Continue reading: What Happens to Purva in the End?
The simplicity of the plot aids in its development. Whether we are looking for information on how to mend a tyre or how to hire a serial killer, searching online comes naturally to us. Additionally, follow-up investigations are carried out by performing such elementary call log and recording checks. The characters’ true fish-out-of-water situations are reflected in the lack of foolproof planning, and that’s what keeps us interested because we know it’s what we would do too if we were in that situation. In spite of the type of topic it deals with, it is ultimately a decent show and surprisingly simple to watch. Because of this, we anticipate there will be a lot of debates about this event in the days to come. Depending on how it handles its upcoming seasons, it could become a cult classic. That makes it essential viewing. We haven’t looked forward to anything in a while, but we can’t wait to find out what game Vikrant and his misfortune will be playing next.
Netflix is currently streaming Season 1 of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein.