Girgit (2021) Review

Taniya Kalrra and Trupti Khamkar shine in this average over-sexed crime caper

Rony Patra -

Girgit (2021) Review
Platform
ALT Balaji,MX Player
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
Crime,THRILLER
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Ranvir Khetan, the wayward son of a rich businessman in Manali and the heir to a fortune of Rs 100 crores, lands in hot water when Inspector Rathod comes to arrest him on the charge of murdering his ex-wife Jahnvi. In Mumbai, lovers and accomplices Shamoli and Mahi accidentally overhear a conversation between Ranvir and gangster Lyndoh. They decide to blackmail Ranvir for money. But one thing leads to another, and various people start getting mysteriously murdered. Who is the killer?

Analysis

A man has sex with a random girl on the day of his engagement with another woman. A woman gets a round of cunnilingus while driving a car through Manali. A key character, who is supposed to be a lesbian, turns out to be bisexual. And at one point, in order to charm a lesbian, a foreigner mutters, "Don't worry, baby. I'll make you straight."
 
These are just some of the random scenes taking place in Girgit, a crime caper set predominantly in Manali. By now, it is highly imperative for an AltBalaji show to carry a sufficient amount of sex in order to "pad up" its story, but a substantial part of the seven-episode series goes in diving into these hijinks. It's actually the first time where the sex scenes serve as a major distraction in the story, because the story, by itself, is pretty engaging, and the characters revel in various shades of grey. I have to admit I did not see one particular twist coming, and therefore Mukul Srivastava's screenplay shines best when the camera isn't on people screwing each other. Sumrit Shahi's dialogues are also on point. I laughed when a character said a line that if female-bashing was what he wanted to hear, he could have seen a Kartik Aaryan monologue from the Punchnama films. If the sex-scenes were carved out, Girgit would actually be a solid four or five episodes. At best, they make a promising show just average.

Performances

Honestly, Nakul Roshan Sahdev is too dour as Ranvir. Though he is supposed to be a Casanova who is practically drunk all the time, his performance is lifeless. The real scene-stealers, however, are Taniya Kalrra as Shamoli and Trupti Khamkar as Mahi. Shamoli is a mistress of manipulation, and Kalrra pins the role down to a T, while Khamkar leaves you guessing whether Mahi is as innocent as she looks or not. Samar Vermani is all right as Inspector Rathod, and Shawar Ali has a scenery-chewing turn as Lyndoh. Ashmita Jaggi is okay as Avantika, Ranvir's new fiancee.

Music & Other Departments

Shelly Sharma's cinematography captures the beauty of Manali very well, though the lensing of the Mumbai segment doesn't feel grungy enough. Shlok Bhandari's editing is crisp. Bharatt-Saurabh's background score goes with the vibe of the show, though they do unceremoniously lift the Instagram-popular remix of Paul Anka's Put Your Hands on My Shoulder in a couple of instances.

Highlights

  • Taniya Kalrra as Shamoli
  • Trupti Khamkar as Mahi
  • The dialogues
  • The engaging screenplay in the second half

Drawbacks

The sex scenes are a big turn-off.

Did I enjoy it?

Some of the twists are engaging to watch.

Do I recommend it?

You can watch this if edgy thrillers with loads of sex are your thing.


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