Swara Bhaskar, Varun Thakur, Aditya Belnekar, Hetvi Karia, Mona Ambegaonkar and more.
Debbie Rao (alongside Ishaan Nair and Abi Verghese)
Slice of Life/ Comedy
Beanie Bhatnagar has everything going for her, except the one thing that she really aspires to be – a stand-up comedian. But that’s the scariest thing about wanting to be a comic is mentioning it to others. So though, Beanie thinks she is quite funny, she hasn’t mustered the courage to say it to even her parents. What’s worse is about the same time, she meets Mr. Perfect – Arun Kalra (Varun Thakur).
He is good looking and seems to love her, but he proposes her for marriage at a time when she hasn’t been able to admit to herself that life isn’t quite going the way she pictured it. Yet, despite her arguments against it, Beanie decides to get married to Arun, simply because everyone around her seems to think it is a good idea.
On the day of her wedding, she can no longer convince herself to be happy letting things go just the way they were going. Instead, leaves to go to debut as a stand-comedian. The only problem is her humour, as she sees it, doesn’t really translate to her audience. The confusion about her life only intensifies.
For having it all going for her, she is suddenly without a job, without a gig and also without a guy. How does Beanie steer her life towards her dreams is for you to watch over 6 episodes.
Unlike other series, this one is short and simple and mostly entertaining. Beanie’s relationship with her parents is something every girl would relate to. But mostly, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is about Swara Bhaskar. Swara owns Beanie like she has always been a part of her. Even in the most cliched parts, she is pitch-perfect with her expressions and anecdotes.
Kudos to the writers to Ravi Patel and Neel Shah (creators) and Nisha Kalra and Devashree Shivadekar (writers) who really amped the mundane but didn’t make it irritatingly loud and crazy.
The directors have also kept the storyline simple but the predictability mars the experience. Like her hugely popular series – The Office, Debbie Rao has once again taken the popular jokes and anecdotes and tried to make it work for her. Yet, there is nothing much in the series that sets it apart or makes it special. There are so many wonderful films that have been made on comedians and their journey that Bhaag Beanie Bhaag doesn’t qualify to make the ranks. Yet, not all series have to be featured amongst the best. Some a merely worth a bag of popcorn and some family time. Beanie is that second sort. Not great, but entertaining.
Good in a way to see Swara dealing with some lighthearted, casual entertainment.