Hello Mini: Web Series Review
Cast: Anuja Joshi, Mrinal Dutt, Priya Banerjee, Gaurav Chopra, Arjun Aneja, Ankur Rathee, Anshul Pandey.
Director: Faruk Kabir.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller.
Channel: MX Player.
Release Date: 1st October 2019.
Rivanah Bannerjee a.k.a. Mini seems to be a normal independent girl living a good life, surrounded by a supportive family and a loving boyfriend. But things start to get twisted after she moves to Mumbai and discovers that a stalker is following her, keeping watch over her every move, and trying to manipulate her. Things are not as they seem to be at all.
- The way the stranger is designed makes for a pretty interesting character. He (or she) is a cryptic stalker with no name, face, voice, or known identity, and only communicates via text. While he threatens and tries to control Mini’s life, he also helps her in times of need, in exchange for demands of his own – which are of benefit for Mini and also make a positive difference in society.
- The Stranger is the only character that will hold your interest in the show, and you will keep guessing who the stranger is from the very start, looking with a suspicious eye at everyone that enters Mini’s
- The thrill factor (again, revolving around the Stranger) is what makes the show watchable. The mind-games and twists keep you on the edge of your seats. This is ramped up further in the last five episodes, which are comparatively better episodes in the series. A serious point that gets raised is the violation of privacy, which is a scary situation if you think about it.
- The very first scene in the show is shocking, outrageous, and repulsive, and felt like a highly eroticized sexual assault scene. Yikes!
- The excessive use of various sexual encounters as elements to spice up the plot don’t really work in its favor and doesn’t add anything worthy to the storyline, rather takes away from it. The intense and thrilling plot, which is the actual foundation of the story, is often overshadowed by the show’s overt and unnecessary sensualism.
- The characters are poorly designed. Every single man in the story seems to be attracted to Mini from the very first moment they see her. There’s no substance or background to any known character in the show except Mini. In the face of lacking characters, the performances, too, fail to uphold the show.
- The core storyline seems to be conveniently shoved aside throughout most of the show, making way for unnecessary elements to take center stage. It comes really close to becoming an ‘all show, no substance’ specimen due to this mistake. While Hello Mini has all the requisites of a thriller – romance, thrill, drama, violence, crime, and a dose of sensualism – it loses focus of its central plot every now and then, breaking an intense narrative apart.
- While the series avoids becoming an absolute cringe-fest, it is still a tad too long, spreading across 15 episodes, during most of which nothing significant really happens.
Hello Mini would’ve been a much better thriller had it focused better on the story at hand.
- Hello Mini is based on Novoneel Chakraborty’s book, ‘Marry Me, Stranger’, the first one from his Stranger Trilogy.
- Anuja Joshi makes her web series debut with Hello Mini, while Mrinal Dutt has already been a part of web series such as Viu India’s 13 Mussoorie, and ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala.
- Ankur Rathee, too, has been a part of some popular web series, namely Amazon Prime Video’s Four More Shots Please and Made in Heaven, as well as ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s Mission Over Mars (M.O.M).
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