Season1, Episode 1
Women in combat in the Indian army have been a discussion point since a long time. Ekta Kapoor’s ALT Balaji takes the issue head on with ‘The Test Case’, a series about a woman, Shikha Singh, who wants to join the Special Forces.
Shikha Singh (Nimrat Kaur) has her first day of training for the Special Force and there has been a lot of to-and-fro before Shikha stomps the ground with her army boots. She has been accepted in it after the political influence of Shraddha Pandit (Juhi Chawla), who is very clear that she wants to give a chance to women in the armed forces. While the political wheels have turned, the ground reality is quite different. Shikha faces a mixed reaction from the ‘boys’, with even her seniors finding it hard to accept a woman within their ranks.
What’s Wow: The makers have decided to give a balanced view of the controversy. It is good to see that the scriptwriters do not have their head buried in the sand. They know what they are dealing with. The dialogues by all the characters proclaim loud and clear that the addition of women in combat is a messy, messy situation that has its own problems and will definitely have repercussions. The direction is quite good and gets the point across.
The characters in the series are well thought of too. They have their grey areas, and at least in the first episode, nobody plays a clichéd character. Special points to the makers for allowing a hat tip to Nana Patekar’s iconic ‘Prahaar’, one of the first films to show the life of a soldier.
What’s Blah: While the concept, the performances and even the characters are good, the script is a bit undercooked. The makers, in a bid to show off the heroic nature of the female hero fall for the ‘only person in a hundred’ concept at the end of the last episode. Viewers of webseries question their entertainment a lot more than the typical theater-goer. It would be sad if the scriptwriters fall in the old trap of throwing logic to the wind to create the heroic nature of their main character in the series.
Parting Shot: The Test Case is this short of falling into a ‘wannabe show about gender equality’. Let’s hope that’s not the case.
Cast: Nimrat Kaur, Juhi Chawla, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Dev and others.
Director: Nagesh Kukunoor.
You can watch the first episode at the link below
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