With the OTT platforms becoming bigger and bigger, they are also becoming a platform for edgy, different films that would never have got a viewership. It has happened earlier, and it has happened now. Ascharyachakit is now under the sold wings of Netflix. Here’s our complete review.
Ascharyachakit is about a prostitute, Kanta, who’s in a love-hate relationship with her pimp, Khushiya. Her cynical, sad life takes a turn when she’s contracted by a superstar, Karan Kumar for a night. Kanta finds out that it’s not Karan who wants to sleep with her, but his girlfriend. She befriends Karan’s driver, and the they fall in love. Of course, this doesn’t go well with Khushiya, and the two have hell to pay – whether they pay that or not forms the rest of the film.
What’s Wow: Ascharyachakit has an interesting premise that cuts across social classes. There’s a prostitute, a pimp, a driver, an actor and a socialite wife. It’s difficult to bring all these characters together in a believable screenplay, but Amar Tipnis does it in an effective manner. Direct Samit Kakkad brings to life he claustrophobic environs that make for the ambience in a prostitute’s life and the seeming cleanliness and spaciousness in an actor’s life.
Santosh Juvekar, who plays Khushiya, is easily the most colourful character and stands out in the screenplay. Juvekar does amp up his performance a few notches more than required but does a good job of creating a maniacal and at times sympathetic antagonist. Priyanka Bose does an excellent job of portraying Kanta. It should be noticed that the character of a prostitute is no longer the submissive woman who has given up. In Kanta, Priyanka depicts a woman who always sees the sliver of light and does the best she can to grasp it.
What’s Blah: It’s 2018, and newspaper headlines scream about crime, death and everything that’s a reality. In such a scenario, Ascharyachakit runs across as a modern fairy tale – escapist cinema. The screenplay is good, but the climax does look saccharine, compared to what’s happened in the film till that point. It’s something like a rat in a cat’s clothing – because with the amount of shouting, cuss words and peripheral violence, the audience braces itself for a climax where nobody gets out alive. But story writer Amar Tipnis has decided to take the feel-good way out and give a happy story to the audience.
Parting Shot: Ascharyachakit works well until the climax.
Cast: Santosh Juvekar, Priyanka Bose, Vaibhav Raj Gypta, Ankit Raaj, Anagsha Biswas, Kailash Waghmare
Director: Samit Kakkad
Writer: Hrishikesh Kohli, Amar Tipnis
Produced by Siddharth Anand Kumar, Shoaib Lokhandwala, Vikram Mehra, Gaurav Sharma, Sahil Sharma, Milind Shingte
Music By: Ajit Parab
You can stream the film on Netflix