The Netflix anthology, led by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani, convincingly explores unrequited love and infidelity, and class caste differences.
In recent years, with the advent of OTT platforms:
The anthologies have become more common as they allow directors and stars to explore shorter formats for storytelling. In Ajeeb Daastaans, directors Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani, and writers Sumit Saxena and Uzma Khan tell four stories about love, heart, and betrayal.
In Hayden, Majnu Pablo (Jaidip Ahlavat) and Lipakshi (Fatima Sana Sheikh) arranged marriages for political reasons. Pablo’s heart was already elsewhere, but his ego couldn’t resist the possibility of his wife moving in with someone else. His latest hire, Raj Kumar Mishra (Armaan Ralhan), can be a separator between them.
Mehtas Khilauna sees two cunning sisters, Meenal and Binny (Nushrratt Bharuccha and Inayat Verma), who survive on the kindness of their master. One of his allies is Sushil (Abhishek Banerjee), a fan of Meenal. When Meenal asked one of her employers to help them reconnect the illegal power lines, the situation got out of hand.
The story of Ghaywan, Geeli Pucchi, written with Saxena:
It follows two women, Bharti (Konkona Sensharma) and Priya (Aditi Rao Hydari), who try to survive in a patriarchal society that despises them. They make friends and express hidden feelings only to realize that their differences are enormous and insurmountable.
Finally, Irani made his directorial debut in Ankahi, a love story that focuses on sign language. Natasha (Shefali Shah), who, with her husband (Tota Roy Chowdhury). He tried to escape the tense situation at home because her daughter is numb. And has a close relationship with photographer Kabir (Manav Kaul). Their wordless relationship takes them into their world. With peace and happiness, but their happiness is short-lived.
Like the hit by Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), “Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh,” composed by Shankar-Jaikishan and written by Shailendra, each segment follows an unexpected path that leads to an unusual ending. Ghaywan’s most dominant player is undoubtedly Geeli Pucchi. Not only did he examine the many ways in which the differences of caste and class prevail today, but he also examined those differences through a candid lens.
Bharti and Priya, different women who form a strong bond.
Sensharma, in particular, like Bharti’s faded in the anthology, stands out for her portrayal of a working-class woman who is well aware of her circumstances.
Mehta, Guy van, and Hayden examined the differences between those who have and who do not work in different ways. But all segments deal with aspects of one’s existence. Sometimes for the sake of self-preservation. The anthology also pinpoints why we always hurt the people we love the most. The mistakes people keep making.
While the topics discussed here are universal, the anthology shares the same spirit as Lust Stories (2018) and Unpause (2020). In comparison, the Tamil anthology Paava Kadhaigal (2020) manages to address the most affected topics in a more direct and meaningful way.
The Ajeeb Daastaans is an eye-catching watch.
However, especially for its catchy and flavourful ensemble performances, many of them are the opposite of their kind.
Fans give rave reviews about Ajeeb Daastaans Netflix. The film has been broadcast on the OTT platform. Twitteratti likes Neeraj Ghyawan’s Gee Pucchi. In this short film, one of the fans called a “masterpiece” because the director successfully presented various “true stories in society”. Actors Konkana Sen and Aditi Rao Hidari were praised for their performances in the film. Cayoze Irani, who made his directorial debut with Ankahee, was recognized for his craft.
Shefali star Shah Ankahi wins the hearts of sure fans who enjoy a love story that focuses on the late 30s and can show how some men excel in all roles in life but are not good husbands. While the Shah has been called a “magic woman,” her partner Manav Kaul.
Geeli Pucchi from Neeraj Ghyawan with Konkana Sen and Aditi Rao Hydari impressed the audience. Kayoze’s debut director, Irani Ankahee, also received a warm welcome from all fans. With performances by Shefali Shah and Manav Kaul to applaud the audience. Netflix’s Ajeeb Dastaans received a total of 6.8 out of 10 stars on IMDb.