The recent hot release ‘Takhatgarh’ dropped its first episode a day ago and here we are to tell you all about it! So without further ado, continue reading to read our review of the first episode of the OTT web series ‘Takhatgarh’, titled ‘Jigra’ which stars Dheeraj Kumar, Ashish Duggal, Malkeet Rauni, Paramveer Singh, Neetu Pandher, Suvinder Vicky, Lakhwinder Lakha, Pali Sandhu and Rimple Dhindsa among others. Also Read: When Mika Singh Got Offended On The Sets Of ‘Vicky Donor’!
The first episode of the series is called ‘Jigra (Bravery)’. The series opens up with a shot of Dheeraj Kumar, which is no doubt great, but as soon as the voice-over begins, it dampens my mood. Now before rushing off to counter the above statement, hear me out once…
The Hindi spoken is not great owing to the fact that it is a Punjabi actor speaking and when we say not great, it means that it sounded like force-feeding because Kumar naturally has a Punjabi slang, which was prominent throughout. It would instead have been better to cast a Hindi actor and either have a great web series in proper Hindi or make the whole project in Punjabi itself! Also Read: Do You Know About Dev Kohli, The Sikh Man Behind Many Hit Bollywood Melodies?
Moving forward, the screenplay too has continuity errors— there are jumps in between scenes that don’t sit well together, making it almost seem senseless. Talking about the actors in this project, there is a majority of Punjabi actors be it Dheeraj Kumar, Ashish Duggal, Malkeet Rauni, or Lakhwinder Lakha, not to forget the backdrop, which is set up in Bathinda, Punjab. So, according to us, the series would obviously have been better in Punjabi since the language not matching the dialect is a huge turn-off for us.
Next, there are a number of unnecessary slow-motion shots in the episode which takes away from the feeling of the whole series. Coming to the direction part of it, truthfully, it is incomprehensible as to what the story actually is. Of course we understand that it is about the place ‘Takhtgarh’, a place in Bathinda, which is considered a state/Zila in itself with all the politics surrounding it. And then the story will continue to build up from here. Also Read: Smita Patil’s ‘Waaris’ Was Supposed To Be A Punjabi Film Titled ‘Muklawa’?
The episode does give a little background of some characters while explaining that Bathinda is such a place that lies at the meeting point of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. But at the same time, the locations will confuse you if you are someone from Chandigarh, Mohali or even Bathinda, because while they say it’s Bathinda, the locations shown are from Chandigarh and Mohali area!
These factors can be easily overlooked by someone who isn’t familiar with the areas, but as people from these cities, it is a distraction from the plotline. Otherwise, the actors and roles cast are great, after all Dheeraj Kumar was superb in ‘Warning’, not to forget Ashish Duggal and Malkeet Rauni who have done exceptional work in the past. However, the fact that the series doesn’t use the actors’ true potential is such a waste and disgraceful for the actors themselves. Also Read: When Punjabi Actor B.N. Sharma Ran Away From Home!
Overall, the language is a major barrier in creating the viewer’s interest, and in addition to the screenplay, cinematography and direction not being up to the mark which leads us to the conclusion that just watching one episode of this series felt like a task so I definitely wouldn’t go ahead and wait for the rest.
Well, this is where our review ends, do comment below your opinions about this series and if you haven't seen it yet, watch the first episode here: