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Vella Raja Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Stars: Abi, Akash, Yuthan Balaji
Review: S.R. Prabhu, co-founder of Dream Warrior Pictures, said: “We have delved deeper into each character, establishing their back-stories and building a complex, grim, dark drug world with undertones of humor.”
Amazon Prime Video has also added “Four More Shots Please,” produced by Pritish Nandy Communications (“Mastizaade”,) to its India series slate. The drama-romance follows the friendship between four women and the ups and downs in their lives. Directed by Anu Menon (“Waiting”,) the series stars Sayani Gupta (“The Hungry”,) Kirti Kulhari (“Pink”,) Bani J (“Zorawar”,) and Maanvi Gagroo (“Guy In The Sky”) as the leads. Supporting cast include Prateik Babbar (“Mulk”,) Neil Bhoopalam (“Lust Stories”,) Lisa Ray (“Cooking With Stella”,) and Milind Soman (“Chef”). The series will stream worldwide from Jan. 25.
“We have worked with a strong, female-led task force – right from the cast to the crew. ‘Four More Shots Please’ reflects the voices of the generation of Indian women who are independent in mind, body and thought,” said Subramaniam.
This particular character introduction from the first episode is picked up much later to tell us that he’s the cop who’s taking bribes from Deva’s (Bobby Simha) gang to keep mum about the latter’s illegal activities. You’ll realise this when you’re swiftly transported from an altercation in Bawa Lodge, where Deva and the cop are at loggerheads, to the empty chair in the confines of the police station. The camera moves from a cup of green tea that the office boy places on the table to the eager eyes of Teresa who seems to be wondering about the absence of the motor-mouthed officer.
Don’t these flashes of ingeniousness talk about the kind of director Guhan is? He’s showing you how all these characters are inter-connected in the world of Vella Raja. But there aren’t too many things this series can boast about since we’ve already seen it all in Netflix’s Sacred Games and K V Anand’s Tamil movie Ayan. Also, the lack of innovation in the storytelling methods and the pleasure one gets from watching actors revel in their roles add to the existing woes.
While Sacred Games, earlier this year, drowned us in the realism of Mumbai’s underworld, Ayan, which released almost a decade ago, took us through the process of smuggling. Do you remember the scenes that explained how cocaine was smuggled through the statues of gods? That makes a comeback in Vella Raja in the form of home décor items. It’s a little different, though, as here, the low-quality pieces are broken to gather the packets of cocaine. The tricks highlighted in Ayan, on the other hand, were of another level altogether.
Of course, Guhan isn’t selling us this part of the narrative alone as he brings together a bunch of characters from different walks of life – Kamesh (TM Karthik), a doctor who’s never been in a relationship; Adhira (Gayathrie), an advocate who fights for the poor; a physical education coach (played by Kaali Venkat) who brings his niece and nephew from Kovilpatti to Chennai to win a game show; and two good-for-nothing men who leave no stone unturned to make a quick buck.
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