Directed by Debbie Rao, Ishaan Nair and Abi Varghese, Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is yet another show launched by Netflix. The show premiered on the 4th of December and stars Swara Bhasker, Ravi Patel, Dolly Singh, Girish Kulkarni and others.
What is the story about?
Beanie (Swara) has always been someone who did not want to come under any stereotypes. She did not know how to sing or dance like any other Indian kid, she did not enjoy her regular 9 to 5 job and others. She always wanted to do something different and unique and hence she decided to become a stand-up comedian. Beanie however, gets trapped in between her middle-class family, her boyfriend of three years who suddenly locks her dreams by putting an engagement ring on her and a job which gives her zero satisfaction. On the day of her engagement, Beanie decides to throw all these baggage away and live for herself, for once. She quits her job, breaks her engagement and moves away from her parents to focus on her passion and her dream- to become a successful stand-up comedian!
Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is a very refreshing and hilarious tale of Beanie who strives to become a standup comedian. The show highlights the difficulties that it takes to become one and the hard work that the field requires. Bhaag Beanie Bhaag includes a lot of hilarious and subtle comedy that will make you chuckle and smile in many places. It also includes a lot of moments connected to family and friendships which develops an emotional connect with the audience. However, the show does dip down a little during the interim as the way the story progresses seemed to stretch a little too much. The show is relatable in many places and normalizes the practice of humans using psychotherapy for their well-being without having it projected in a negative manner.
Swara Bhasker is always known for her confidence and her strong voice in the majority of her roles, like in Veere Di Wedding. Once again, here Swarna shines with her bold and brave performance as Beanie in being focused on her career and her views. Another star who caught my attention with his delightful screen presence and timely humor was Girish Kulkarni. He was impressive in every part of the show and made it all the more a fun watch. Dolly Singh as Kapi gives a great acting debut with her over-critical and protective best friend character which was funny and relatable in many places. All the other stars did justice to their roles.
Music & Other Departments
The show contained very basic music as the background score which seemed catchy in a very few places. There were no other great shakes or complaints in the other departments.
The comedy within the characters of the show was the biggest highlight as some of them stay with you even after you’re done with the binge-watch.
Even though the show has the backdrop of standup comedy, the sets performed by Swara and other standup comedians weren’t too great and actually made the show a bit boring during those parts.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is a very light and breezy show that is definitely worthy of a binge-watch.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. Even though the show has its ups and downs, it will keep you going throughout.