With ZEE5 coming to the streaming platforms, there was a chance that the retro sensibilities would make their presence felt on streaming platforms. They launched original content like Emraan Hashmi’s Tigers, Cabaret, the film starring Richa Chadha, Sreesanth and others.
Now, ZEE5 brings to streaming platforms Parchayee, a series of paranormal stories that can be described as light family viewing with just a little bit of a fantasy touch. Here’s our review of the ZEE5 Original Series, Parchayee.
The first episode of the series is about a young boy who lives with his Grandmother, and whose father is mostly out on the seas. The young boy’s life takes a twist when he dreams about a strange woman who’s committed suicide by hanging herself from a nearby tree.
In real life, there’s a scare about a kidnapper who’s trying to kidnap boys and girls from the school that he goes to. Who is the woman who scares him? Who’s the kidnapper, the answers to these questions and more form the rest of the episode.
What’s Wow: ZEE5 Original Parchayee is based on Ruskin Bond’s stories, so the episode has a good, retro feel to it – and that’s a welcome change. After all, there’s very less children’s programming on the streaming platforms and ZEE5 has done a good job by bringing such content to the streaming platforms. The story is a typical fantasy tinged story based in the real world and would be interesting to parents as well as children.
The performances are good, with the little Kabir Sajid bringing the childlike innocence to the going-ons. The others, Farida Jalal, Swanand Kirkire, Kurush Deboo and Bachchan Pacheria are solid actors and deliver the goods.
What’s Blah: For the modern audiences, this could be turn out to be very casual viewing. Also, some loopholes in the story might put the audiences off. This is typical Saturday morning TV viewing.
Parting Shot: ZEE5 brings classic children programming to streaming platforms
Cast and Crew
Cast: Kabir Sajid, Farida Jalal, Sarah Jane Dias, Swanand Kirkire, Kurush Deboo, Bachchan Pacheria
Director: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, V.K Prakash
Producer: Opus Communication, Banijay Asia
ZEE5 Original Parchayee is now streaming.