Ajeeb Daastaans Review: Tales of four stories entangled in relationships, characters strong but the story dull

Ajeeb Daastaans
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Karan Johar’s production company Dharmatic Entertainment’s film Ajinki Dastans is composed by combining four short stories. All four of this anthology film made for the Netflix platform said

Ajeeb Daastaans

Priyanka Singh, Mumbai. Karan Johar’s production company Dharmatic Entertainment’s film Ajeeb Dastans is composed by combining four short stories. The four stories of this anthology film created for the Netflix platform are directed by four different directors Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghevan, Kayoj Irani. The film begins with the story Majnu directed by Shashank Khaitan. Lipakshi (Fatima Sana Sheikh) is married to Bablu (Jaideep Ahlawat). Bablu is forced to marry. He loves someone else. Raj Kumar Mishra (Armaan Ralhan) comes into Lipakshi’s life. His father works as a driver at Bablu. Lipakshi is attracted to Raj Kumar due to Bablu’s indifference and neglect.

The second story is Raj Mehta’s toy. Meenal (Nusrat Bharucha) works as a domestic maid in a colony in the colony. His younger sister Binny (Inayat Verma) lives with him. Meenal falls in love with Sushil (Abhishek Banerjee), an iron worker in that colony. The secretary of the colony is eyeing Meenal. Meenal has put electricity on the electric wires of the colony and has been running electricity in her house. But the people of the colony have got electricity cut from his house. There may be lightning at the behest of the secretary. But then something happens that Meenal, Binny and Sushil reach the prison.

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The third story is Neeraj Ghevan’s wet book. Bharathi Mandal (Konkona Sen Sharma) is of low caste. He got 74 percent in B.Com. But instead of being given the position of data operator, he is given the job of machine-man in the factory. Priya Sharma (Aditi Rao Hydari) is brought in for the data operator. Bharti knows her truth that she is gay. Priya is also a lesbian but is unable to say this between the rules made by society.

The fourth story is the untold story of Kayoj Irani. The daughter of Natasha (Shefali Shah) and Rohan Sharma (Parrot Roy Choudhary), Adhara cannot hear. There is a quarrel between the husband and wife that the father is not talking to his daughter, because he is not learning sign language. One day Natasha meets Kabir (Manav Kaul), who cannot hear. Although he can hear through an ear machine, he does not use it. He says that in this world people lie a lot, so he does not want to listen.

Only the untold story touches these four stories. The message in this short story, directed by Kayose, is that there is a need to talk to each other rather than sit together and be silent. There is a feeling of revenge in bitter relationships somewhere in the rest of the three stories, but untold breaks this chain. The story turns in another direction due to many issues such as homosexuality and discrimination in society in the wet Puchchi story.

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Majnu and Toy will be the end of the story. The dialogue of Shashank’s story like – why are all the men of this country impostors, if they can cheat, then dare to eat too … seems interesting. Nusrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shefali Shah have done justice to their characters. At the same time, the performance of child artist Inayat in the role of Binny is commendable. The song sung in the voice of Prateek Kuhad in untold words, I will not say anything, you listen … Karnapriya is popular.

Movie – Strange Tales

Main cast – Nusrat Bharucha, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma

Directors – Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghevan, Kayoj Irani

Duration – 2 hours 22 minutes

Broadcast Platform – Netflix

Rating – 2.5

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