Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala had a lot of things going for it before its release – the prospect of watching Rajeev Khandelwal and Divyanka Tripathi on the screen for a web series, renowned filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar's digital debut and also a project marking the first collaboration of two big streaming brands like Zee5 and AltBalaji. Turns out that all its outside advantage vanishes into thin air as the episodes of the series commence. Even going by television standards, Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala is one of the most boring outings to have been featured on either of the platforms. It's poorly shot, enacted, directed and written – nearly nothing can rescue the show that bores you to death with its pointlessly convoluted narration. Now we can probably be at the liberty to say that the trailer of Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala was well-cut because that's the best the series could offer in terms of a storyline and nothing more. The show significantly revolves around two characters Chef Vikram Singh Chauhan and Chef Nitya Sharma, who, after divorcing each other eight years ago, are forced to work together in the same restaurant. The awkwardness of working with your ex and the persistent rambling about what went wrong in the past – is what the series is all about. Their love story is as flimsy as their present – a supposed roadside Romeo and an aspirant chef meet in the streets of Bhopal, the former consistently stalks her and so determined is he about her that he secures a seat in the same hotel management college of hers. Food, two young souls and romance is what probably is running through your mind – but the makers even make that combo feel painfully dull on the screen. When they move in together in an apartment and tie the knot, things begin to crumble – an act of adultery, lack of financial commitment and they're unable to tolerate each other for very reasons they had united for. While Vikram pursues his career abroad to be a Michelin-star chef, she becomes the prominent chef at a friend's restaurant. Equally problematic are the sub-plots. The portions where the best-friends of the protagonists hook up and try to give some name to the relationship feels so awkward and out-of-place. The last thing that the show needed is an overbearing mother-in-law and the makers find ways of introducing her in the middle of nowhere. As if the over-dramatic and pointless conflict between the couple wasn't enough, the cold vibes between the saas-bahu reduce this series to a yawn fest. Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala doesn't get its food right either – most of the items appear to be undercooked for the camera and a few random vegetables, ingredients are being tossed up regularly to ensure some food-related vibe to the show. One wishes these efforts weren't as perfunctory. One of the series' main issues is the lead actor Rajeev Khandelwal himself – never has the actor looked so woefully out of form, especially in the flashback segment as a college student. He struggles to instil any sort of personality into his part as a famed chef. He wears a jaded, dull look consistently as if the producer hasn't paid him for this assignment. Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, his on-screen counterpart is only marginally better. Her moodiness and fit of rage don't come through as consciously as you'd expect it to. Though her styling is done well, her performance as an actor is far from memorable. Divyanshu Chatterjee, Maninee Mishra, Barkha Sengupta don't much to prove their worth either. It's only shocking to see a name like Pradeep Sarkar being associated with it as the director. A filmmaker who strings through beautiful characters and such wonderfully layered relationships in his films comes a cropper with this effort. The writing is extremely weak and isn't the material that could be stretched into a web-series spanning five hours. And worse, they have a second season in the pipeline too.
Rating: 1.5/5 (Watch the show on Zee5 here)