Human Web Series Review 2022

Human Web Series Review: Shefali Shah Pulls the Strings in Hotstar’s Overambitious Machiavellian Drama

Disney+ Hotstar’s drug trial malpractice series is inadvertently ill-timed.

 

 

मानव — नए Hotstar विशेष श्रृंखला के साथ, शेफाली शाह (दिल्ली) अपराध और Uttam Kulhari (चार से अधिक शॉट्स के लिए कृपया!) नेतृत्व में-चिकित्सा कदाचार और अनैतिक दवा परीक्षणों की संदिग्ध दुनिया में सेट किया गया है । स्वाभाविक रूप से, यह अपने तीसरे वर्ष में चल रही महामारी के दौरान और देश भर में तीसरी लहर के साथ अलग-अलग हिट करता है । (वास्तव में, मानव कई बार अपने अस्तित्व को स्वीकार करता है — जिसमें एक फार्मा बॉस भी शिकायत करता है कि उनके अप्रूव्ड कोविद वैक्सीन के लिए परीक्षण उन्हें अपने घुटनों पर कैसे लाया — हालांकि यह अतीत की बात की तरह माना जाता है । ) डिज़नी + हॉटस्टार श्रृंखला उन बहुत ही कारणों से परेशान हो सकती है, क्योंकि लगातार डॉक्टरों, अस्पतालों, बीमार, इंजेक्शन और एंबुलेंस के आसपास रहना इन दिनों बहुत से लोगों के लिए ट्रिगर हो सकता है ।

Human Web Series Review: Shefali Shah Pulls the Strings in Hotstar’s Overambitious Machiavellian Drama

और अधिक परेशान करने वाली बात यह है कि कुछ लोग मानव को चारे के रूप में बता सकते हैं कि टीके असुरक्षित कैसे हैं । मैं पहले से ही डिज्नी+ हॉटस्टार श्रृंखला की क्लिप ऑनलाइन प्रसारित करने की कल्पना कर सकता हूं: “ओह, देखो कि डॉक्टर और फार्मा दिग्गज क्या अभ्यास करते हैं । “या शायद मैं दर्शकों को पर्याप्त कारण नहीं दे रहा हूं । यह वास्तव में मानव की गलती नहीं है, लेकिन नए हॉटस्टार स्पेशल अनजाने में बीमार महसूस करते हैं ।

गलत समय पर गलत जगह पर होने के शीर्ष पर, शेफाली के पति विपुल अमृतलाल शाह (आनखेन) और मोजेज सिंह (जुबान) द्वारा निर्मित और निर्देशित, बाद में इशानी बनर्जी (अलीगढ़) के साथ डिज्नी+ हॉटस्टार श्रृंखला लिखने के साथ — साथ बहुत कुछ हो सकता है । यह एक रुग्ण और निराशाजनक कहानी है । सुरंग के अंत में कोई प्रतीयमान प्रकाश नहीं है और न ही किसी कोने में आशा की कोई चिंगारी है । कम से कम यह आज रात के अनुरूप है, इसलिए इसके लिए अंक । लेकिन यह भी खींचता है-मैंने कुल 10 एपिसोड में से सात को देखा है-और अमीर चरित्र दृश्यों के बदले प्लॉट पर निर्भर है ।

मानव का सबसे बड़ा नाश हालांकि यह एक ऑपरेटिव नाटक है कि सोच में है. यह अपने कथा तत्वों को धक्का देता है — आघात चिकित्सा, विषम महत्वाकांक्षा, और दूसरों के बीच वर्ग टिप्पणी — इस तरह के एक हास्यपूर्ण डिग्री के लिए कि इसके पात्र कैरिकेचर में उबालने की धमकी देते हैं । नया हॉटस्टार स्पेशल ओरिजनल बहुत ज्यादा, ईमानदारी से निपटने की कोशिश करता है । और ऐसा करने में, मानव खुद को इस प्रक्रिया में चट्टान से दूर ले जाता है, जब वह अपनी सीमा में रहना बेहतर होता ।

 

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Set entirely in the Madhya Pradesh capital of Bhopal — but so obviously shot largely in Mumbai, I mean I even saw my old office building — Human primarily revolves around the lives of three characters. The top-billed Shefali plays the 45-year-old Dr. Gauri Nath, one of India’s top neurosurgeons and the founder of the city’s top hospital Manthan. Gauri is a victim, I mean survivor, of the 1984 Bhopal disaster. And she’s been surrounded by death all her life. She lost her family in 1984. As a mother, she lost her first-born. And her profession involves staring at it. Gauri is broken and grappling with trauma — despite being a doctor, she feels like a failure for not being able to save her own. Though at times, it also feels like she thrives on being the victim, and how she justifies to herself what she does.

The second-billed Kirti plays the 35-year-old junior cardiac surgeon and closet lesbian Dr. Saira Sabharwal, who returns to her hometown after eight-and-a-half years away. (Human never really justifies its Bhopal setting, save for a couple of connections to 1984.) Every character in Human keeps remarking how she’s been handpicked by Gauri (that makes her special) but the funny thing is that in all the time I spent watching the show, I didn’t see Saira perform a single operation. Ram Kapoor (A Suitable Boy) and Indraneil Sengupta (Nimki Mukhiya) play Gauri and Saira’s respective husbands, Pratap Munjal and Neil, both of whom share an unconventional marriage with their wives. Pratap is a board member at Manthan, while Neil is a travelling news agency photographer.

Beyond their immediate orbit lies the good-for-nobody diener Mangu (Vishal Jethwa, from Mardaani 2) who gets pulled into a get-rich-quick scheme: enrolling patients who don’t know any better into drug trials. Mangu doesn’t know it but his life is intertwined with Gauri and Saira’s. The trials are being conducted with Manthan’s support, and at the behest of Vayu Pharma chief Ashok Vaidya (Aditya Srivastava, from CID) who is the one crying about their COVID vaccine failures and the impact to their business’ revenue. It’s how he justifies fast tracking a new heart drug for human trials — ignoring protocols and side effects.

This web that cuts across socioeconomic boundaries is at the heart of the series (pun intended), while its causes, effects, and ripples are what Human so eagerly wishes to explore.

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Kirti Kulhari as Dr. Saira Sabharwal in Human web series
Photo Credit: Disney+ Hotstar

The most interesting part of Human, though, is Shefali Shah’s performance. It’s unlike anything I have seen her do before — with her voice slightly above a whisper at most time, Shefali plays Gauri with a mix of extreme coldness, effortless charm, and off-handed detachment. Her Gauri is a woman who is always unruffled, in command, and knows that she’s better than everyone else in the room. It’s a performance largely devoid of emotions and facial cues — as she doesn’t let anyone or anything touch her remotely, sans the topic of her dead son — except when she’s deploying them to manipulate others. For reasons not entirely clear though, Human hides Gauri for most of the first episode, only to introduce her in a dramatic drawn-out reveal like she’s the big bad or something.

Opposite Shefali, Kirti Kulhari feels a lot more straightforward in Saira’s shoes. There is meat on the bone here, at least in prospect, but the Disney+ Hotstar series never displays the confidence or acumen to tackle it. Human doesn’t properly introduce or touch upon her own traumatic past, and it runs through her present troubles in a manner that gives off the feeling that its writers — Singh and Banerjee developed it and served as head writers — are out of their depth. Still, Kulhari has a way of grounding scenes and infusing realism into them, even when other actors around her are threatening to go off the rails. Even more importantly, her Saira adds a veneer of much-needed relatability to Human, more so when the show the pushes deeper into soapy, operatic territory.

This might seem like a tangent, but Human is not exactly a medical thriller — as Disney+ Hotstar has been marketing it — at least not in the standard meaning of the term. If anything, that’s misleading because it suggests thrilling events inside the hospital. But Human is much closer to being a sociopolitical drama (with lofty and grandiose aims). Gauri isn’t just trying to run a Bhopal hospital and profit off of it. She’s trying to run Bhopal itself, which extends from winning awards that boost her stature in society to influencing the elections of Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Minister. At times, it feels like House of Cards but with medical professionals. And that’s what Human really is — a Machiavellian drama about unfettered greed and ambition.

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Vishal Jethwa as Mangu in Human web series
Photo Credit: Disney+ Hotstar

And who gets crushed in the never-ending quest for power? The likes of Mangu. Human’s most successful commentary — speaking relatively, given the misfires elsewhere — is on how desperate and helpless India’s poor are. In their vain attempts to make a buck but lacking the requisite knowledge, they end up being squeezed from both sides. The pharma guys don’t care about their lives. And the system is set up in a way that punishes them for their status. No life, no money, no respect, no education, no awareness, India really is no place for the poor and unprivileged. Human paints a dire portrait of where we are — though sadly, it’s inelegant, overstretched, and too full of itself to scale the heights it needs to.

Human premiered Friday, January 14 at 12am IST on Disney+ Hotstar. In the US, Human is available on Hulu.

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