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Haq Se : Web Series Review

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Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Surveen Chawla, Parul Gulati, Rukhsar Rehman, Simone Singh, Aanchal Sharma, Nikkesha, Pavel Gulati
Director: Ken Ghosh
Language: Hindi
Genre: Drama
Channel: ALTBalaji
Release Date: 2 February 2018

Synopsis: Haq Se is a story of the Mirza sisters who are fighting for their aspirations, dreams and equal rights against the regressive ideologies and circumstances of a present-day war-ridden valley of Kashmir. The show is an unflinching look at the dreary realities and political mayhem that has torn families in Kashmir – the Mirza family being just one of the many.

Yay!

  • Haq Se is a spectacular looking web series. The beautiful valley of Kashmir- touted as the paradise on Earth, has been captured in its entirety, with its beauty and simmering tensions.
  • The episodes are not too long. They’re short, sweet and don’t drag the plot till we get bored.
  • The story’s well thought of, the characters are the essence of the on-going and you can feel the layers that the lead characters have.
  • A perfect amalgamation of substance and soul, the story strikes us as uneasy revelations about our hypocritical presumptions about Kashmir and Kashmiris at large.
  • Rajeev Khandelwal stars in a character that fits him like a glove and Surveen and he shares a crackling chemistry that is sweet and engaging. Simone Singh and Parul Gulati shine in their respective characters

Nay!

  • The pointless caricaturization of the 17-year-old Amal Mirza sticks out like a sore thumb in the narrative and her dumb, bimbo and misfit of a character amongst the Mirza sisters does little to take the narrative forward and is more annoying than funny.
  • The love angle between Rajeev and Surveen although sweet takes a stroll down the formula for cliché Ekta Kapoor dramas. Innovation in depicting potential romance scenes is something Indian makers are still struggling with.
  • The series falters a little when it moves on to become a justification of the story being set in Kashmir. At times, the viewer may feel that the issues faced by the women, that are portrayed are not exclusive only to Kashmir, as it’s the same everywhere in our country.

Bottom-line:

Watch Haq Se for experiencing the beauty of Kashmir, and for the fresh performances by the actor. Come for the story, the film-like treatment of the show and the quirky twists that are masterstrokes.

Trivia:

  • Haq Se is based on The ALTBalaji’s series is inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s bestselling novel Little Women and has been in the making for almost two years,
  • The story and screenplay is written by Devika Bhagat who has also written the film’ Jab Tak Hai Jaan’
  • The cast and crew of the show were supposed to shoot in Kashmir, but due to political unrest in the state, decided to shoot in Manali instead.
  • Asheema Vardhan who starred in AltBalaji’s ‘Dev DD’ as the lead, was an assistant director for Haq Se.

 

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