Rejctx: Web Series Review
Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Masi Wali, Anisha Victor, Saadhika Syal, Ayush Khurana, Prabhneet Singh, Ridhi Khakhar, Pooja Shetty, Khalid Siddiqui.
Director: Goldie Behl.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Drama, Thriller.
Release Date: 25th July 2019.
An underground (illegal) rap battle is about to start and the crowd is chanting one name- Rejctx! Excitement & anticipation is ripe on stage, but off stage? The lead singer of the very own Rejctx, Aarav, is missing and the remaining group- Kiara, Harry, Sehmat, Misha, Maddy, and Parnomitra– are worried. Deciding to start the performance without him, they go on stage only to have a body hang off of it as the first beat drops. Is it Aarav? And if it’s not, then where is he? As Kiara goes on a rescue mission, ugly truths spill out of the corridors of the Jefferson World School.
- Rejctx is a teenage musical drama that revolves around lives of seven students, studying in a school that boasts to be the epitome of sophistication, affluence, and perfection. But the truth is far from it. Students are hiding their personalities behind glitz, glamour and fame to fit in to the standards of the school and its environment.
- Rejctx is the story of seven such people, each on a different spectrum of reality, trying to make their own space by pretending, failing, and then finding solace in one thing they all crave, one thing that defines them- music. Finding themselves rejected by everyone for lacking in what ‘they’ expect them to be, these kids rebel to come out stronger and real. Their lives fluctuate through the high and low tones as they try to find their rhythm- both in life and self.
- The series aptly reveals the age-old cliché that ‘all that glitters isn’t gold’. Behind their diva or popular selves, the Rejctx are battling with issue each and every youngster has faced- bullying, severe & unhealthy competition, identity crisis, beauty standards, and the bitter sting of love & friendship. In the rising world of social media, validating yourself to the masses has become such a necessity that the pressure can reach unthinkable levels. And not even the privileged are spared.
- Rejctx drives the above point home with its excellent cinematography. The school and its students belong to uber-rich families, with booze and sex as their companions. The party scenes prove the same. The disparity in the lavishness and its ugly underbelly is highlighted by the character- of the place as well as the roles the actors play. Also, the story is told in flashbacks, starting with the present predicament of finding Aarav, to retelling the group’s story, and not once do they jumble it. The defining mishmash of frames help viewers keep track of which event is taking place exactly when.
- The new talents- Masi Wali (Aarav), Saadhika Syal (Sehmat), Ayush Khurana (Maddy), Prabhneet Singh (Harry), Ridhi Khakhar (Parnomitra), Pooja Shetty (Misha) – are on par with their acting, getting better with each episode. Some of them could have definitely done better without the accent, though. Anisha Victor, Sumeet Vyas, and Kubbra Sait justify their roles with grace, revealing yet concealing the depth of their characters.
- Sneha Khanwalkar gets the ‘musical’ bit of the series to perfection. From upbeat, hard-hitting songs, groovy beats to the soft, crooning melodies, the music director makes each song and score to flow with the show.
- For all the greatness though, the screenplay and the acting brings Rejctx down a few notches. In mapping out the group’s journey, as the main plot veers into various subplots focusing on the seven members, it becomes messy and irrelevant. The taut rope that Rejctx initially builds with the opening sequence, to be ‘thrilling’, loses its edge along the line. With just 4 episodes out though, it remains to be seen if they pick it back up or not.
Rejctx vacillates up and down with each episode, keeping you hooked in to find out what will go down (or up) next.
- ZEE5 is releasing Rejctx two episodes at a time, on each Friday, since the premiere date.
- Goldie Behl turns Producer and Director his first web series Rejctx.
- Anisha Victor, the only experienced actor in the new talent bunch, has previously worked in two web series for Ultra Shots titled Mr. Das, and What’s Your Status.
Watch The Trailer Here:
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