Featuring Kay Kay Menon, Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, and Harvarrdhan Kapoor in lead roles, Netflix‘s Ray releases today. The Satyajit Ray-inspired four-part anthology promises a riveting watch. Here’s all you need to know about it.
The trailer begins with over-the-shoulder shots of four main characters with a voice-over saying, ”mankind is no different from god since it too can give birth”. It introduces us to Ipsit Nair (played by Ali Fazal), a successful entrepreneur with an eidetic memory. Next, we see a Bollywood superstar played by Harshvarrdhan Kapoor, who encounters a god-like woman that takes his fancy. Musafir Ali (played by Manoj Bajpayee), a ghazal player, comes into the picture as a man on a quest to seek his lost fame. And we meet Kay Kay Menon in glimpses whose character wants to be a make-up artist despite having a stable job.
Netflix’s Ray story —
Full of fast-paced shots, a conundrum of emotions, wild music and gripping one-liners, the two minutes and thirty-eight seconds-long trailer hints at a gripping original, triggering a poignant and profound train of thoughts. The series is based on Satyajit Ray’s four short stories: Spotlight, Bahurupiya, Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram (Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa) and Bipin Chowdhury’s Smritibhrom (Memory Loss).
Ray Series cast —
Spotlight: Harshvarrdhan Kapoor plays Vikram Arora
Inspired by the story of the same name, Spotlight is directed by Vasan Bala and stars Harshvarrdhan Kapoor as the protagonist. Played by Kapoor, the Bollywood actor is dealing with a sense of deep insecurity. He is afraid of becoming irrelevant and a person of no interest to the public. His fears are only worsened as a religious leader gains popularity and undermines his spotlight.
Bahurupiya: Kay Kay Menon plays Indrashish Shah
Kay Kay Menon stars the lead role in this story directed by Srijit Mukherjee. Menon’s character is a make-up artist, but he is not using his skill professionally. He has a stable job, but he cannot really take himself out of his hobby. He never quite got the opportunity to use his skills on people. Hence, he starts applying make-up on himself to see if he has mastered the art. He starts disguising himself as different individuals. He enjoys how no one recognises the real him. However, something terrible is waiting to happen.
Hungama Hai Kyon Barpa: Manoj Bajpayee plays Musafir Ali
The adaptation of Barin Bhowmik-er Byaram stars Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao as the lead roles. The segment is helmed by Abhishek Chaubey. The story revolves around a mysterious ghazal singer and an ex-wrestler turned sports journalist who happens to meet on a train. As they talk more, they realise that they had met before, on another train journey.
Forget Me Not: Ali Fazal plays Ipsit Nair
Forget Me Not is the retelling of Satyajit Ray’s Bipin Chowdhury’r Smritibhrom. Ipsit Nair, played by Ali Fazal, takes the centre stage in the story, also directed by Srijit Mukherjee. Ipsit is a corporate tycoon known for his very sharp memory. His life is going well and he is climbing corporate ladders when one day he encounters a stranger who claims to know him. Ipsit has no idea about who the stranger is. From there, he starts spiralling downwards in self-doubt and depression.
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