Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala: Web Series Review
Cast: Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, Rajeev Khandelwal, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Barkha Sengupta,Maninee Mishra, Madhu Sneha, Mrinal Dutt, Saloni Khanna, Vidhaan Sharma.
Director: Pradeep Sarkar.
Genre: Romantic Drama.
Channel: ALTBalaji, ZEE5.
Release Date: 3rd September 2019.
Nitya Sharma (Divyanka Tripathi) – an excellent chef and a crabby boss. Always in a sullen mood, her mood swings get from bad to worse when an old flame – Vikram Singh Chauhan (Rajeev Khandelwal) – comes back in her life as her new boss. With the simmering flame in the kitchen, their hatred towards each burns bright, but the past that is boiling beneath all the heat, will it burn them out or give birth something new?
- When you take seasoned actors such as Divyanka & Rajeev and bring them together on a screen, you expect a work of art to be born. And ALTBalaji/ZEE5 indeed creates a chef-d’oeuvre with Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala (let’s refer to it as CLACM henceforth).
- As sublime as the series is made by the actors’ performances, major credit goes to the engaging script. A drama filled with anticipation and action that keeps you hooked in, CLACM creates a tale of love and woe that keeps you wondering about the reason that prompts the characters’ extreme dislike towards each other. Built-up in a mesh of past and present sequences, the plot maintains a perfect balance between intensity and lighthearted content, making your heart ping and smile with happiness and sorrow Nitya & Vikram’s chemistry inspires.
- Kudos to Ravi Yadav, the DOP, for the excellent food photography and the overall cinematography that brings focus to the story with proper frames quintessentially. The visuals are accompanied by various versions of the lilting melody ‘Alvida Phir Kyu Kaha’ occasionally, to go with the appropriate scene of the moment.
- The best friends’ subplot is carried perfectly by Tanvi (Madhu Sneha) and Kayzaad (Mrinal Dutt). From berating their hard-headed or stubborn friends to supporting them no matter what, they play out their own game of romance steadily. The supporting characters, be it the sweetheart Karan (Priyanshu Chatterjee) or the snobbish Manira (Saloni Khanna), all everyone adds an interesting depth to the roller-coaster ride of Nitya & Vikram’s love story.
- The unveiling of the mouthful title’s significance is worth the trouble it takes to speak it out (or type it out).
- CLACM is not the run-of-the-mill romance drama, despite a few predictable moments. Nitya & Vikram are two characters who commit mistakes, regret them and try to make up only to make a bigger mess. But in the desperate act of trying to mend the fence, not once do any of them lose their identity. They’ve changed, yes, but, be it in the past or the present, they own up to who they are without any regrets. The last episode is heartbreaking in a cleansing way; it makes the viewer exhale – conveying a sense of freedom felt by the characters. Maybe after all the anguish, the letting go might be the beginning of Nitya & Vikram’s new start.
- Some few mistakes apart (though very minor the layman might not even notice it), CLACM is the perfect drama for binge-watching.
A series filled with spices and emotions in equal measures complementing each other, CLACM makes for interesting an entertaining watch.
- CLACM marks Pradeep Sarkar’s directorial debut on digital; he has directed movies such as Parineeta, Mardaani, among others.
- Divyanka Tripathi makes her digital debut with CLACM; Rajeev on the other hand previously featured in ALTBalaji’s Haq Se.
Watch The Trailer Here: