What is the story about?
Subhamita, a young singer and composer, is struggling at everything. She and her childhood friend and business partner Shruti are struggling to come up with a decent prmotional song for a leading jewellery brand. At home, Subha's family is struggling financially, while being shunned by her neighbours on account of her late father's infidelity. While Subha struggles to come up with a song, she also has to deal with the return of her childhood friend Mainak a.k.a Mamdo, who struggles to express his love for her. Is there a silver lining in store for Subha and Mainak?
Romantic dramas tend to follow a set template. In that sense, the only new ground that Shubharambha breaks is that for a change, it is not about a guy trying to navigate his way through life. Jasmine is a girl with many problems: she is going through a lean phase creatively, has unresolved issues with her late father's infidelity and her mother's constant nagging, and, to top it all, shuts out everyone from her life from time to time in order to focus on her music. Writer Arkadeep Nath and director Abhijit Chowdhury could have done a lot more with this premise, but what they serve up over the course of six brief episodes is a bland tale of a girl finding her music only when she finds an emotional anchor. The said anchor, Mainak, is supposed to be the ideal jamai material as per the expectations of society, but in the makers' hands, even this character becomes stilted and boring to watch after a point. The only bright spots here are the songs, which keep you from falling asleep in spite of the rest of the show.
Jasmine Roy is earnest as Subhamita, though she is hampered a lot by the poor writing on display. The same holds true for Satyam Bhattacharya's Mainak, whose timidity and lack of confidence seems to be blown out of proportion in comparison to his vulnerability. Only Dibyasha Das seems to have fun portraying the cocky Shruti, who acts as a professional and emotional anchor for Subhamita.
Music & Other Departments
Subhadeep Dey's camerawork is all right. Kuntal De's background score is okay, but the real winner are the songs composed by him and Debanjan Dhar.
The songs are the best part of this series.
The predictability of the entire story is only outweighed by the sloppiness in the screenplay. For instance, you don't know anything about Subhamita's brother, apart from the fact that he's studious and fussy about his examinations.
Did I enjoy it?
There are a few portions that are enoyable, but the series is a letdown as a whole.
Do I recommend it?
If you're a fan of romantic dramas, you can check this out once. But there's much better stuff in this genre on OTT platforms.