Crime dramas are a favorite among many OTT users. Amazon Prime’s latest gem, ‘Bambai Meri Jaan,’ released on September 14th, promises an exciting narrative set within the maze-like alleyways of Mumbai’s criminal underworld. Should you binge watch this show with heavyweights such as Kay Kay Menon and Avinash Twary? This is our full review.
The plot synopsis of Mumbai’s streets
The central theme of ‘Bambaimerijaan’ is the thrilling world of Mumbai gangsters during the late 1970s and 1980s. The story is centered on the son of a policeman with high ambitions. It chronicles his journey from a boy in Dongri, to the zamindaar of Mumbai.
A reflection of Reality: Balancing fact and fiction
It is a fictional series, but Mumbaimers who are familiar with the city’s criminal history will be able to identify its real-life influences. The story is based on real-life characters, even without naming them. This makes it both engaging and chilling.
Performances – The Heart of Drama
Kay Kay Menon’s portrayal of Ismail Qadri has a depth that is unmatched. He is the central character of the story and oscillates between being a man who has principles, but also someone who is pushed into the underworld. Nivedita Battacharya portraying Sakina is the perfect foil for him, expressing both his pride and anguish as a mother who’s torn by her children and husband.
Avinash Tiwary portrayal of Dara captures the essence ‘Bambai Meri Jaan.’ Tiwary transforms from a boy with modest ambitions into a man who is hungry for power. His transformation is captivating. His charismatic screen persona stands out and proves his mettle as an actress.
Narrative style: The storytelling charm
The show follows a circular storyline, which begins and ends at the same place, taking viewers through a journey of time. This clever technique ensures that the characters are not glorified, even though their depths are explored.
Brilliance in Adaptation: “Dongri to Dubai” Comes to Life
Rensil D’Silva and SameerArora deserve praise for their masterful adaptation of S Hussain Zaidi’s ‘Dongri to Dubai’. The screenplay captures the essence of the book while creating a storyline that is suited to an episodic format.
The Surprise Elements: The Supporting Cast
The show is not just about its stars. Kritika Kamra, as Habiba, and Aditya Rawal, in a yet-to-be-fully-explored role, add layers to the story. These performances suggest the potential of future seasons.
A nostalgic look at Direction and Production
Under the expert direction of Shujaat Saidagar, “Bambai Meri Jaan” brings Mumbai’s past to life. The show is not without its flaws, but they are minor. For those who are familiar with the time period, this series is a nostalgic trip. But for others, it’s a fascinating introduction.
Should “Bambai Meri Jaan” be on your watchlist?
If you enjoy crime dramas, then ‘Bambai Meri jaan’ is for you. Avinash Tiwary is also starring in another OTT release, ‘Kaala.’ This week promises a treat for Avinash’s fans. The cherry on top is? Kay Kay Menon reunites with him once again. For those looking for a well-acted, exciting, and engaging series, ‘Bambai Meri Jaan,’ will take them to the streets of Mumbai.