Fish & Chips Review

Apratim Chatterjee shines in an otherwise-tepid comedy

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Fish & Chips Review
Platform
Hoichoi
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
Comedy
Language
Bengali

What is the story about?

Angshuman Patro decides to leave for Dallas on work for a week, and he entrusts his college friend, Timir, and his wife, Paroma with taking care of his house while he is away. As Timir and Paroma spend a week in the house, their attempts at having a week-long vacation quickly spiral into chaos.

Analysis

Watching this five-episode series reminds one of the stuff TVF was producing when they were starting out in long-format web series in 2014-2015. The humour in Sounak Kar’s show belongs to the same tenor, relying more on the humour and chemistry of its actors rather than the story as such. Timir and Paroma are literally the “fish out of water” who are stuck in a huge flat in an unknown locality for a week. The humour flows from their attempts to get through the week but is only explored at a very superficial level. Timir forgets the directions to the house, and a civet cat runs away with Patro’s goldfish. There are stray references to Timir and Paroma’s marriage and the inconveniences of living with Timir’s parents, but these are sadly never explored in detail.
 
Actually, this show, in spite of the brief runtime of the episodes, unfolds more as an experiment on Hoichoi’s part. The problem with this approach is that this easy-going approach to storytelling would’ve worked better five years ago. With platforms like YouTube and MX Player, the quality of web series offered legally for free now is vastly superior. Even another Bengali indie web show, Rest In Prem, stood tall as a story a few weeks ago, in spite of having no big producer. The premise of this show is great, but the makers will have to come up with more engaging storylines in the future.

Performances

Since Apratim Chatterjee’s Timir stays at home all the time, most of the show revolves around him, and he is solid as the indolent, confused husband who tries to stick to Patro’s instructions and fails miserably. Tapasya Dasgupta hardly has anything to do as Paroma, while Pratik Kumar Dutta only appears in the first and last episodes as Patro.

Music & Other Departments

Sourav Biswas keeps things funny with his trumpet-heavy background score. Romit Ganguly’s cinematography and Jishnu Sen’s editing are just about okay.

Highlights

Timir’s hilarious attempts to guide the fish salesman to Patro’s home in the dead of night is hilarious.

Drawbacks

There’s not much meat in the screenplay, considering this show is meant more as an advertisement rather than a full-fledged series.

Did I enjoy it?

There are certain portions that will make you chuckle.

Do I recommend it?

This is okay for a one-time watch.


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