Dark 7 White(Zee5, Alt Balajee)
It’s a good thing that Sumeet Vyas who plays the youngest chief minister of India(ChiragPaswan could have beaten him to that , but alas) is dead at the beginning of this weird wacky drugged and doped series about the rise and fall and rise and fall(something sexual about that movement which I can’t place my fingers on) of Yudhveer Singh Rathore who comes from royal lineage .But when it comes to sex and power, he behaves like an alley cat. All hurried and horny, not willing to give his opponents the time of their life.
His death in the prelude gives the plot a chance to travel back in time. The writers probably forgot the script while checking-in the baggage. From then on the characters are pretty much on their own.
In spite of his womanizing swagger I felt sorry for Yudhveer. He is supposed to be this really smart dude with plenty of grey matter and dark secrets. But the writing lets him down. He just comes across as a spoilt brat who can’t bear to not have his favourite toy on his birthday .And never mind if his birthday is aeons away. Guys like Yudhveer are born to win even of they are welded by fate to losses .
The series baits the audience with heavy doses of bad language which includes ‘I don’t give a fuck’ and ‘I give a fuck’ which are the one and the same , though this series seems to think the opposite, and some really clumsy fornication where the actors look like they are fumbling over entry through a narrow door rather than having sex.
Each of the ten episodes has a sexy title like Sapne Aur Sex, Politics Aur Porn, etc. The one titled after porn ends with a bunch of girls throwing their brassieres in the air at a political rally in celebration of girl power.
All I can say to these lost souls is, best of luck with that. The series has somewhat lofty aspirations. Cop Jatin Sarna keeps talking about films like The Butterfly Effect and Shawshank Redemption(Sarna pronounces it as ‘Shashank’ Redemption, thereby giving the jail-break film a desi touch). But the treatment of politics, sex and ambition is purely cheesy and puerile.
“Watch out Yudhi has arrived,” blares the background score to announce the hero’s arrival. Sumeet Vyas has fun with his self-important character . If only we could share his enthusiasm.