Unpaused: Naya Safar Web Series – follows in the footsteps of the original Unpaused (2020), focusing on heroes who are confronted with the obstacles and uncertainties posed by the unique coronavirus epidemic.
A COLLECTION OF RELATABLE STORIES BACKGROUNDED BY HONEST PERFORMANCES
Critic’s Rating: 3.0/5
Naya Safar Story
In the unusual times brought on by the Covid-19 epidemic and subsequent lockdowns, this anthology of five stories explores tales of love, forgiveness, friendship, trust, ambition, perseverance, and second chances.
Naya Safar Review
Unpaused: Naya Safar follows in the footsteps of the original Unpaused (2020), focusing on heroes who are confronted with the obstacles and uncertainties posed by the unique coronavirus epidemic. Unlike the last installment, when the stories were restricted to Mumbai, this time the stories are expanding to include Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi.
‘The Couple,’ directed by Nupur Asthana, follows Akriti (Shreya Dhanwanthary) and Dippy (Priyanshu Painyuli), a couple who work from home following the Covid-19 epidemic. When Akriti gets let off owing to cost-cutting measures at her business, things take a turn for the worst. Nupur has eloquently shown how it affects their relationship and how they deal with it.
She co-wrote the script and language for this bittersweet love story with Samina Motlekar.
Sangeeta Waghmare (Geetanjali Kulkarni), a widow living alone and working in a Covid war room, is the protagonist of Ayyapa KM. A phone call from a patient’s relatives brings up painful memories of losing her son and witnessing the person responsible for his murder, even if only briefly, freed from jail. This narrative, like the last one, is relatable, and we may respond in a similar way if we find ourselves in Sangeeta’s shoes.
‘Teen Tigaadaa,’ by Ruchir Arun, is about a trio who has stolen cargo of consumer goods for one NalliSwamy and is forced to wait in a derelict factory until the second wave of Covid’s lockdown limitations are lifted and their plunder can be sold. Chandan (Saqib Saleem) needs to complete the transaction so he may see his pregnant wife Supriya, while Ajeet (Sam Mohan) wants to return his father’s debt. While they’re caged up, all Dimple (Ashish Verma) wants is some samosas, if not a good supper, instead of the noodles and cookies on hand. The essence of the story is how they stay together despite their numerous differences and squabbles.
‘Gond Ke Laddoo,’ written and directed by Shikha Makan, stars Neena Kulkarni as Sushila Tripathi, who wishes to meet her newborn grandchild in New Delhi. However, because of the Covid outbreak, her daughter Ritu has insisted that she remain at home in Uttar Pradesh until it is safe for her to go. This incident reminds us of some of our elderly relatives who are opposed to using cell phones or conducting business on them. Shikha has written a beautiful narrative about a mother’s secret recipe saving the day for a stranger courier person named Rohan (Lakshvir Saran), who goes out of his way to deliver her daughter’s gift with the aid of his wife Geetanjali (Darshana Rajendra).
This narrative also illustrates the importance of never giving up, even when everything appears to be lost.
Nagraj Manjule’s ‘Vaikunth,’ the series’ last episode, takes place mostly in a crematorium, as the title indicates. Vikas Chavan (Nagraj) works at a crematorium and wants his kid to work hard in school so that he might reach some level of success in life. His concern that an ambulance could drive it away from Janhit Hospital, where his father is being treated for Covid, immediately strikes a connection with us, reminding us of our own anxieties and worst nightmares about our loved ones. The moments in which individuals refuse to attend or administer the final rites of their relations who have died as a result of the coronavirus represent the times we’ve lived through.
All five stories have one thing in common: they’re relevant, and we’re sure we’ve thought something similar to one of the protagonists in comparable situations. The actors deserve credit for successfully bringing forth the emotions that resonate with the audience. Not only is their treatment authentic, but so is the backdrop selected by the five filmmakers for their pieces, which really resonates.
To summarise, ‘Unpaused: Naya Safar’ is an excellent follow-up to the anthology from 2020. Even if one or two of the stories appear bleak, sad, or gloomy at first, many of them will leave us smiling in the conclusion.
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