Hasmukh' showrunner Nikkhil Advani reacts on its below-expected showing and poor 5.3 IMDb rating
Everyone attached to Netflix's latest Indian Original, 'Hasmukh' had huge expectations from it — Vir Das fans, digital viewers, creators Applause Entertainment, Netflix itself, but most of all, showrunner Nikkhil Advani. Coming as it did in the midst of the Coronavirus lockdown, and digital viewership seeing a spectacular rise due to millions of people stuck at home with OTT the only form of entertainment, Hasmukh should ideally have been a resounding success.
But that is not the case. The series has received a lukewarm response from viewers, trashing from critics and a poor 5.3 rating on IMDb, the Rotten Tomatoes of ratings in India. The biggest problem with the show, as most critics contend, is the lazy writing of the show.
Also, the show is unusually dark for Indian audiences' tastes, who watched it on the assumption that it would be outright, laugh-out-loud funny like stand-up comedy mostly is. But of course, their assumptions about Hasmukh were wrong and that's what primarily drove them to give it a 5.3 rating on IMDb.
Now, none other than Nikkhil Advani has accepted that the writing of Hasmukh could've been better. In an interview with the daily, Mid-Day, Nikkhil Advani admitted, "Fundamentally, what went wrong was that people perceived it as a comedy. It was not supposed to be a laugh-out-loud funny show; it was a tale of morality versus ambition."
He added, "The writing could have been much better. So, we are bringing other writers on board to develop a more layered second season. This was not meant to be a polished show. The jokes weren’t supposed to be nuanced because a stand-up comic from Saharanpur doesn’t want to be Trevor Noah, he aspires to be like Jaspal Bhatti or Kapil Sharma. The jokes should have been crasser. Also, the positioning was wrong because when Vir plays Hasmukh, people expect great comedy."
This, despite Season 1 having six writers on board - Nikkhil Advani, Vir Das, Nikhil Gonsalves, Neeraj Pandey, Amogh Ranadive and Suparn Verma.
Advani has promised that Season 2 will be a different beast altogether. We hope so too, for our and our readers' sake.