His Story review: Satyadeep Misra, Priyamani Raj's series approaches love and sexuality with sensitivity

His Story review: Satyadeep Misra, Priyamani Raj's series approaches love and sexuality with sensitivity
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His Story review: Satyadeep Misra, Priyamani Raj's series approaches love and sexuality with sensitivity

Language: Hindi, English

Not so way back, Alt Balaji launched The Married Girl. The series checked out same-sex love between two girls. Bookending the theme of their earlier present, their newest series His Story approaches love between two males, one in all whom is married.

Creator Baljit Singh Chaddha’s 11-episode first season spotlights a homosexual relationship, its influence on the person’s household and the sexual coming of age of youngsters in the identical ecosystem. Episode one establishes the enviable and excellent 20-year union between Sakshi (Priyamani Raj) and Kunal (Satyadeep Misra). Not solely do they share easy chemistry and co-parent two boys, however they’re additionally companions in chef Sakshi’s restaurant enterprise. Nonetheless, whereas all the pieces is hunky-dory on the floor, there’s a crack on this excellent household life portrait.

This reveals itself when Sakshi invitations meals critic Preet (Mrinal Dutt) to the opening of her latest restaurant. Preet’s most erudite touch upon tasting her delicately plated meals is “fairly good”. However the sight of Preet makes Kunal really feel removed from good. This assembly is the launchpad for the turbulence about to rock Sakshi and Kunal’s life, affecting them, their kids and their closest mates.

The Prashant Bhagia directed series may have comfortably been compressed to eight episodes and delivered better influence. Inside the padding of songs, video games evening, ladies evening out and teenage drama is a mature exploration of residing with a lie and popping out with the reality. Kunal’s lies have harm many, and as Sakshi says, denying his sexuality was Kunal’s deceive reside nevertheless it was unfair for him to tug her alongside for therefore a few years. If one anticipated melodrama, histrionics and a blame sport, His Story sidesteps these to remain respectful and balanced.

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Whereas Kunal, Sakshi and their two teenage sons are dealing with heartbreak and confusion, the present additionally zooms into the properties of two of their neighbours. Single father or mother Rafia (Charu Shankar) is conflicted about her liberal parenting expertise when her daughter is humiliated at school by a leaked intercourse video. In a 3rd dwelling, a lecherous, philandering Nihal (Rajiv Kumar) is in denial about his son’s sexuality.

The dialogues by Suparn Varma and Ritu Bhatia are pure, and the actors, notably Misra, Raj, Shankar, Mikail Gandhi as Sakshi’s youthful son Shlok and Rheanne Tejani as Rafia’s daughter Jhanvi, convey thoughtfulness and sensitivity to their portrayals. Dutt is short-changed with an under-developed character that wanted to be greater than a catalyst.

Whereas Kunal and Sakshi’s story is the bedrock, by way of these three households His Story avoids preaching and but touches on problems with sexuality, acceptance, infidelity, prejudice, bigotry and alternative.

His Story is streaming on Alt Balaji and Zee5.

Score: 3/5

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