Balaji TV serials are a craze. Whoever watches television, has watched their serials. Not just women, but often, their husbands too, watch and secretly enjoy them. Balaji launched its OTT platform, ALTBalaji, starting 16th April 2017. We were promised clutter breaking content, one we haven’t seen being fulfilled since Test Case. Fittrat is one of the 60 original content series that ALTBAlaji and Zee5 are co-creating in Hindi and is available on both the platforms.
Fittrat has Krystle D’Souza playing the lead character, Tarini. Krystle was last seen in Belan Waali Bahu on COLORS and also won an award for the Best Actress in Comic Role (Gold Awards). Tarini doesn’t have a mother and is raised by a loving father, Alok (Mohit Chauhan), who she addresses by his first name. Despite her humble beginnings, she dreams of being uber rich the easy way, by marrying a rich guy!
Tarini comes to Delhi from Shimla to be a journalist and stays with her filthy rich best friend Amy (Anushka Ranjan, ITA founder Anu Ranjan’s daughter). She is noticed by Amy’s fiancé Veer (Aditya Seal, Student of the Year 2 fame). When he sets his mind to something, he makes sure he gets it! He leaves no stone unturned to win her heart, and despite his advances getting rebuffed, doesn’t seem to get the hint. In his warped mind, she keeps rejecting him and puts him in precarious situations because she loves him too.
There are fun moments where Tarini tries to save Amy’s brother Bunty (Aru Krishnash) from his evil fiancé Mallika (Priyanka Bhatia). Bunty likes Tarini, while the latter minces no words when she states that the only thing about him that interests her is his money. Tarini’s presence in their house concerns Bunty and Amy’s mother Janki (Divya Sheth) immensely who even plants a seed of doubt in Amy’s head. With Amy blinded by love, Tarini and her childhood friendship takes a beating. A chance meeting with Arun (Aditya Lal), the head of a news channel, sets many things in motion and reveals true faces hidden behind masks.
The Shimla locations are breathtaking, and provide that much-needed incentive to keep watching the series.
There are 4 songs in this series. When we are watching a series made specifically for the web, we do not expect songs in it. Aback, is where it took us.
Veer keeps forcing himself on Tarini, physically and emotionally, yet she does not raise an alarm. She only keeps telling him to back off. Why does she do that pray tell, when clearly it didn’t seem to be working! She could have easily kept a distance from him or not gallivanted in bikinis right under his nose, or, if the last comment irks feminists, just tell her best friend Amy about all that is going on. We found it difficult to digest.
Tarini does not tell her best friend about Veer’s advances, but tell the whole world about the ‘ghotala’ that he seems to have done. From our perspective, the impression that the OTT platform seems to be giving is that physical assault is not a thing to be spoken about, anything else is fine. Considering it is a web series, we would have loved to watch some progressive content and messaging.
The post production could have been better. There is a scene where there is a press conference going on, and the chroma screen background is still there with x’s marked on it with white tape.
Keep digestive pills handy while watching this one!
Cast & Crew:
Cast: Krystle D’Souza (Tarini), Vir (Aditya Seal), Amy (Anushka Ranjan), Janki (Divya Sheth), Aru Krishnash (Gaurav), Kaizaad Kotwal (Tekchand), Babla Kochhar (Suresh Shergill), Govind Pandey (OP Kapoor), Priyanka Bhatia (Mallika), Mohit Chauhan (Alok), Aditya Lal (Arun)
Concept: Ekta Kapoor
Creative Director (ALTBalaji): Baljit Singh Chaddha
Director: Santosh Singh
Executive Producer (ALTBalaji): Insiya Burmawala
Writers: Althea Kaushal, Anvita Dutt
Dialogues: Anvita Dutt, Eisha Chopra
Editor: Unnikrishnan P P
DOP: Anubhav Bansal
Executive Producer (DING Entertainment): Mittal Sangle
Creative Producer: Ari Sam
Producer: Tanveer Bookwala
Watch the trailer here: