Case Jaundice season 1 review: The never-ending lockdown debates

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Case Jaundice season 1 review: The never-ending lockdown debates

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Format: Web Series
Platform: HoiChoi
Movie Rated: 16+
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Bengali
Digital Premiere Date: 15 May 2020 

What is the story about?

For the longest time, India has been divided by several opinions. Should we, or should we not? Can we eat this? Or can we not eat this? Should we hold on to our traditions or should we embrace other culture? The five episodes of Case Jaundice reflects various thoughts that have divided the country. But due to the presence of social media, we come to know from various blogging outlets that this division is not just restricted in India, every country has is divided in its own specific ways. However, Case Jaundice does not go global but remains local in its approach.
 
Performances
Case Jaundice includes three cast members, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ankush and Anirban Chakrabarti within the boundaries of their living room. There’s hardly any movement of the actors. The web-series was shot in three different locations, without the presence of another actor to help you with your cue to give the next dialogue. Under such conditions, maintaining the right eye-contact is difficult. Hence Anirban Chakrabarti, who plays the judge in the series deserves special applause for keeping his left and right eye movement intact, without any other cast members to support him with the physical presence.
 
Parambrata and Ankush often address the camera, in an attempt to create the impression of the interaction of the characters with each other.
 
Analysis
This was an experiment in the middle of such troubled times which equally demand the patience of the audience who are bored while watching the same web-series in repeat mode. This was a web-series which was made while maintaining physical (to some level, geographical) distance. The editor, actor, director, cinematographer, producer, music producer, probably co-ordinated over phone calls and zoom meetings. Under such troubling circumstances, the series still serves the purpose of entertainment with its content.
 
Music and other departments
Amlan and Bob Sn the music directors of this project have used a comical tune to keep pace with the nature of the series Case Jaundice. The ambience gets recorded while delivering the dialogues but it doesn't disturb the aesthetics of cinema.

 

Highlights
The lockdown has urged us to introspect. Do we love our family or do we just tolerate them? Do we love office or do we just go there to be away from those members of your family who annoy you? Is coronavirus a blessing in disguise for Nature or is it the deadly virus taking away our lives? Should we immerse ourselves in our respective culture or should we embrace the culture of our neighbours? These are the debates which often go on while we live in the company of our family members.

 

Drawbacks
The pandemic is has made us all humans which is why although we can explicitly see the drawbacks, we choose to ignore it, because somewhere we want to empathise the actors, creative persons who are making an effort to entertain us, even when the situation demands us to remain indoor.
 
Did I enjoy it?
Case Jaundice wasn’t enjoyable only because there’s nothing else to watch right now. There are contents and dialogues which compel us to rethink if the debates in which we engage are worth the fight.
 
Do I recommend it?
Time can either build you or destroy you. Lockdown might be your opportunity to rethink where the world went wrong? Or where you went wrong. We are quick to judge each other and form a conclusion about another person without any attempt to consider that the person you hate might have problems with her/his own. Mr Das and Mr Sen represent two sides of one coin. A side which we want to hold onto, and another side, an image that we want to present in front of the world. But in an attempt to be politically correct, can we forget the real perpetrators of the world?
 
Case Jaundice makes a point.
 
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