What is the story about?
Brothers Bobby and Sunny run the "Perfect Look Saloon" somewhere in Ahmedabad. The series focusses on these two and their interactions with a different customer in each episode.
We keep cribbing about how Indian OTT platforms are generally loathe to venture outside the metros and the cities for their stories, unless the story falls into rustic stereotypes. This is why it is refreshing to see a platform like OHO Gujarati take up a show with an interesting premise like this. The humble "saloon" occupies a pride-of-place in the Indian man's life, and yet, apart from Priyadarshan's Billu, we have hardly seen any filmmaker or writer dive into its vast potential as an unofficial counselling centre. On that premise alone, Cutting scores.
Each episode sees Sunny and Bobby tackle a different customer, who comes with their own problems and idiosyncrasies. The banter between them feels refreshing, and even the conversation flows naturally. But the biggest problem of Cutting is its length. Abhinav Vaidya's screenplays, for all their novelty, are too short, and offer very little time for detailed characterization. Each episode ranges from nine to eleven minutes, and you can sense director Pratik Rajen Kothari, who helms all episodes, is constrained by the screenplay. Kothari's direction does have a couple of interesting moments, but you wish the episodes were longer for him to show off his direction. Cutting is a decent series, but it could have been better had it been a half-hour comedy a la Chaskela.
Mayur Chauhan and Hemang Shah are breezy and assured as Sunny and Bobby, and manage to reprise their chemistry from their Karsandas Pay & Use days. Out of the various guest actors, Jagjeetsinh Vadher shines as a hen-pecked boyfriend, while Aariz Saiyed brings the house down as the weird TikTok influencer "d_precious".
Music & Other Departments
Tapan Vyas' cinematography is largely stationary, and is all right, considering everything is going on in one constricted space. Vatsal Patel's background score is cheery and upbeat.
The second episode is the best of the lot, and features an extended conversation on "Sachin" and "Sehwag" that will have you rolling on the floor.
For all its ease, this show suffers because of its micro-length, with each episode feeling like a Quix show from Disney+ Hotstar.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, but I also wish the episodes were longer and more nuanced.
Do I recommend it?
It's alright for a one-time watch.