Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein Review: The Tahir, Anchal and Shweta starrer is intriguing but too slow
Show - Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
Platform - Netflix
Genre - Romantic Thriller, Suspense, Drama
Language - Hindi
Director - Sidharth Sengupta
Cast - Tahir Raj Bhasin, Anchal Singh, Shweta Tripathi
Plot Summary - Vikrant’s plans to settle down with Shikha go down the drain when he becomes the object of desire for Purva, the daughter of a powerful politician.
Have you ever enjoyed a movie so much that you wished it went on for longer? Maybe it had some scenes which deserved more explanations, or perhaps you couldn’t get enough of the characters. You just wish for it to never end. Well, the trailer of Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein made us believe that it would fit this description. It was edgy, dark and thrilling. While Tahir Raj Bhasin, Anchal Singh and Shweta Tripathi did manage to blow us away with the gritty performances, and the story-line was quite intriguing, the eight episode web series sadly did not exceed our expectations. Here’s why.
The series begins with Vikrant and Purva’s story. The latter wants to be friends but our hero feels she is bad luck and declines. She moves away only to return 15 years later, when he is all grown up and ready to settle down with the love of his life, Shikha. Thus begins a twisted tale of lies, lust and lots of violence in the name of love. This is not your average love triangle where two girls fall for the same boy and he chooses one in the end. While Shikha, played by Shweta, truly loves her college sweetheart Vikrant aka Tahir, Purva portrayed by Anchal is a spoilt brat who will go to any extent to get what she desires. This is quite easy for her as she’s the daughter of a powerful politician, who is also Vikrant’s father’s boss.
No matter how much Vikrant and Shikha’s characters try to get out of the situation, Purva ends up having the upper hand. Things change in the end when Vikrant almost has what he wants but there’s a major cliffhanger. Shweta has done a wonderful job and truly makes you feel sorry for her character, whereas Purva has gracefully played a role which you sometimes hate but also secretly root for. Tahir, on the other hand, has aced the character of Vikrant and we can’t imagine any other actor playing the role with as much passion. Saurabh Shukla and Brijendra Kala, who portrayed pivotal characters, have proven once again that they are naturals.
So what went wrong? Well, the story had a lot of potential and the twists and turns deserve special mention. However, it was only the last episode which successfully kept us on the edge of our seats. The rest of the time some scenes felt unnecessarily lengthy whereas the progression of the story was too slow. It almost feels like Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein could have been a movie but was stretched into an eight episode web series which tests your patience at times. There is no doubt that it is well made and has a unique, quirky tale to tell with killer background score and locations which fit perfectly with the theme. But it definitely would have been more fun to watch if it was slightly shorter and crisp.
So if you have a long weekend ahead of you with nothing else to do, binge watch Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein. The performances and story-line will not disappoint you.