Psychotic people are a given within the urban paranoia theme in film and TV, whether it be strange spouses, cops, doctors, lawyers, or friends and roommates. In the first two episodes of Vikram Bhatt’s murder mystery series, ‘Bisaat,’ the psychosis may feel a bit brainier than usual for a show of this production value. But it soon traverses into the same lapses in logic as well as a strenuously stretched middle portion just to get to its formulaic ending.
What is the story about?
Sandeepa Dhar plays Dr. Kiyana, a psychiatrist who is treating a young woman, Radhika Kapoor, for anxiety and depression. Radhika is the wife of a major health benefactor, Yash Kapoor (Khalid Siddiqui), a man who enjoys a clean image for the world but is supposedly a wife-beater behind closed doors. Kiyana has a habit of getting involved in her patients’ lives and when Radhika tells her about the abuse, Kiyana decides to investigate the matter by getting better acquainted with Yash under false pretenses. A dinner goes awry and Yash ends up dead. Kiyana becomes the prime suspect in the murder.
Unlike most movies or shows of its genre, ‘Bisaat’ isn’t interested in creating an idyllic existence for its protagonist. Kiyana is in an unhappy relationship with her husband, Abhijit, who is also a doctor at her hospital. So, the show has no intention of providing any psychological insight into moments of indiscretion and remorse. Because Kiyana and Abhijit are already in a fractured relationship, it helps us jump ahead five episodes to know what role the husband will have to play, not just in supporting Kiyana during her trial, but in the murder overall. This is what makes ‘Bisaat’ a tedious experience. The show’s plot is best suited for a 90-minute movie if we must push its existence. It has nothing new to say that it requires a whole season of eight episodes.
‘Bisaat’ is also absurd in the way it talks about mental health, psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis, and suicide. In this day and age, a lot of the jargon as it is thrown around by the characters, and especially Kiyana’s general lack of conscientiousness as a doctor is insensitive and frankly, off-putting. Her methodology is basically mumbo-jumbo and her license should be revoked. At the episode 5 mark, there is an unnecessary sub-plot about a filmmaker who may be involved in the murder. Everything that happens after this point is a simple plot device and has no sense in the overall story.
If you are someone who watches a lot of shows within the genre, it won’t be too hard to figure out the culprit from the get-go. Instead, the show will try and throw you off by making huge leaps between different narrative points just to confuse you. These are just informational gaps.
Sandeepa Dhar did a good job in Zee5’s ‘Mum Bhai’ recently. Here, she has very little material to work with and makes her character feel less stupid and in genuine trouble. Omkar Kapoor as Abhijit does a competent job. Every other actor in the show is on another level of over-the-top acting, especially the investigating policemen for Kiyana’s case. Perhaps because of narrative flaws, no one comes across as particularly distinguished.
Music & Other Departments
The production value of the show is average. Nothing is spectacularly shot or edited. The score is annoying.
‘Bisaat’ isn’t terrible but it has no particular pro worth commenting about.
The whole show post episode two takes us for one of the most long-drawn and dull whodunnits. The final mystery isn’t worth it, and the main murder isn’t even that intriguing in the first place. A show with such incompetent writing needs actors that display at least Shah Rukh Khan’s level of charisma, which is lacking here.
Did I enjoy it?
No. I got bored.
Do I recommend it?