Hawa Badle Hassu: Web Series Review
Cast: Chandan Roy Sanyal, Smita Tambe, Vikram Kocchar, Hasan Zaidi, Dheerendra Dwivedi, Zachary Coffin.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Sci-fi thriller.
Release Date: 25th June 2019.
Hassu is not your run-of-the-mill rickshaw driver; he drives an auto that is as environment-friendly as it can, writes poetry in Sanskrit and speaks fluent English and has bucket load of knowledge about the environment crisis across the globe. One passenger at a time he is determined to bring about a green change, when one day suddenly he goes missing, his friends Aarti and Radhey start searching for him and find clues that suggest that Hassu might be more than just an autodriver. And his friends aren’t the only people looking for Hassu…!
- In the world filed with a trillion issues, one that is most critical and prevalent is Climate Change. In the recent times, celebrities and organizations have been relentlessly preaching and urging people to take action towards making the planet safe and ecofriendly once again. Hawa Badle Hassu is a short and crisp series that drives the point home, with a blend of fiction and reality that will prompt you to consider the issue seriously.
- Set somewhere in the future, the series revolves around an environmental expert, Hassu aka Hasmukh Pandey, who drives an eco-friendly auto-rickshaw and preaching what he practices to every passenger he can. Played by Chadan Roy Sanyal, the character is endearing in his direct and light way in which he manages to convince not only the riders but also the viewers to reflect on the deteriorating condition of the planet. Chandan plays out the wise and underdog Hassu perfectly, complimented by the supporting characters who add to the essence of the plot minutely.
- The thriller nature of the series makes you keep going to get the scoop of where exactly has Hassu The 4-episode series builds up the suspense in a brilliant anticipatory manner, and delivers it with justification. The people pursuing Hassu, his friends quest at finding him, and Hassu’s own distinct behavior create a vibe that hooks you right in until the end.
- Hawa Badle Hassu depicts Hassu’s story with the flashback technique effectively; not once are the viewers’ left floundering with the story’s pace.
- Kudos to the creators for making a series with attention to every detail. From the earthy tones of the GOFCON members’ clothes to the anecdotes from real life surrounding the issue- be it the Waorani tribe’s fight in Ecuador, One Earth or the whale jail situation- they drive the point of environment crisis hard, subtly yet effectively. Even the title credits and sinister background music work to sublimate the series.
- Presented by GAIL India and their Hawa Badlo initiative, the series integrates the brand into the plot effortlessly and seamlessly, blending in yet standing out brilliantly.
- Not a thing.
Hawa Badle Hassu is a brief yet strong piece of content that serves the purpose of its creation to the T. A must watch.
- The director duo, Shiva-Saptaraj, have various short films to their credit, and Hawa Badle Hassu marks their second web series, the first one being The Presage, an anthology of horror short stories.
- Writer Protique Mojoomdar makes cameo appearance in the series as a GOFCON
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