Katl-e-Aam @Ritz, Parchhayee, Episode 6: Web Series Review
Cast: Amol Parashar, Puneet Issar, Aditi Govitrikar, Rachel White, Sharib Hashmi, Kristian Hedegaard-Petersen.
Director: Suman Mukhopadhyay.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Horror, Thriller.
Release Date: 25th March 2019.
Rahul, a writer, is trying to deviate from his normal romantic genre and in pursuit of a thriller, lands at Ritz Hotel, where some 100 years ago a mystical massacre had taken place. As he unearths the story on his laptop, it takes him to unexpected corners of the hotel. Will he be able to get out safely?
- With Katl-e-Aam @Ritz, Parchhayee introduces another interesting story for the viewers. It’s one big ball of confusion, giving a little bit of Inception-vibe, a story within a story of a story.
- The concept of the story is pretty simple, but with the patent Ruskin Bond touch of horror. A writer starts to write a story, and over time gets so engrossed in it that he becomes a part of that story; it becomes his life. In this case, Rahul gets sucked into his horror story, reliving it in every which way, as his counterpart keeps writing, one draft after the other.
- The execution of the scenes is amazing, considering the confusing element. Rahul is living the same story in various horrific ways, and he wakes up in each scene with a start. The startling sequence is essential to define the difference, and Amol performs it believably, with great cinematographic help.
- The beauty of exaggeration is used in a way that prevents it from becoming droll or unbelievable, because you know that it’s all a part of the story Rahul’s writing, and anything can happen in a story. The vampire, the cannibals, none of it is off-putting because you have the assurance that it is a story. And that’s the whole crux of Katl-e-Aam @Ritz, that it IS a story that has come alive, horrifically.
- Katl-e-Aam maintains an aura of uncertainty after a certain point and then throughout the episode, till the end, where it is all cleared up. Every loose end tied up and dusted, which provides a complex sense of relief.
- As we previously mentioned, this episode of Parchhayee is quite complex. The viewers can get perplexed figuring out where the reality stops and the story starts, or even question what or who’s even real. It can get tiring, but persistence is the key. You wait till the end, and it all clears up.
Parchhayee delivers a normal concept with a horrendous and unique twist with Katl-e-Aam @Ritz. It will leave you grappling to catch along, and that’s its beauty. A must watch.
- Suman Mukhopadhyay has directed an episode in the Bengali original web series Paanch Phoron for Hoichoi, a Bengali OTT platform. He also made a cameo appearance in the acclaimed short film Juice by Neeraj Ghaywan.
- Parchhayee marks Puneet Issar’s debut in the Web Entertainment world; another popular name from Bollywood added to the growing industry.
Watch The Trailer Here:
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