Three half bottles is a super quirky name for a series. The seven-part series is about 3 friends residing in Hyderabad. The concept could have been refreshing if it were bolstered with a generous round of multivitamins. The plot and the story’s not bad, but something’s genuinely gone amiss. The plot comprises of details that most of us can connect with almost immediately.
It is perhaps a routine ongoing in the life of every mid 20, early 30-year-old urban Indian, who’s pretty much out on their own, and testing waters about what suits them most. The drinking and fun and frolic are part and parcel of this phase. The cast involves, John Kotolly, Aditya Pamnani, Sai Ketan Rao, Hriday Bharadwaj, Monica Tavanam, Jasmine Kaur and Swetha Verma. Well, so the story is premised in the urban local of Hyderabad, where three youngsters named Aditya, Sirish and Nikhil, each find themselves in a rut of their own.
Aditya is a chilled out IT professional, who is caught in a relationship, with Shalini. From the face of it all seems well! They due seem like a matured couple out to fulfil their ambitions. However, they seem to have their emotions tangled, which is why their relationship status spells as ‘IT’S COMPLICATED’ in bold letters. Aditya wants to come out of this relationship, yet very unconsciously he tries not to hurt Shalini. Shalini has been appointed as editor-in-chief for a big publication. Her question is, will a long-distance relationship really work? After the abrupt end to their relationship, an onlooker will earnestly wish Shalini and Aditya unite again.
Shirish is a hard-working guy, caught in the creative profession of advertisement. But his arrogance and pride get the better of him, dissuading him from reaching to the stars. He seems to be uptight and having a problem with everyone around him. It is nice that Nikhil and Aditya try to keep things on an even keel.
Nikhil is the most chilled of them all. He lives in his fun and airy flat with his friends, and works for Sirish. Nikhil wants to live his dream, and is yet trying to understand which metier suits him best! Honestly, he can do anything apart from getting into the family counting-house. He is what I’d call, the best man! He has ambitions but no ego, he is a friend of a friend and a very genuine lover to Neha.
It is sweet how the story unfolds, but the actors seem to lack the energy and life in them. The mimes go for a toss. For instance who really says hello before picking up the phone? The dialogues are quite spaced out. The dialogues between two individuals lack a certain spontaneity that in turn also affects the comic timing. Sirish’s character could have evolved better, but he lacks that edge to give his character the required flair. Sometimes it lies on the actors' shoulders to help the character evolve organically.
The dialogues are simple! There is a stunning marriage of English and Hindi, but no one can ‘raise anyone off the ground’ it should be ‘sweeping someone off their feet.’ It is great to incorporate two languages but writers must focus on grammar. The intonation is not a problem, because each region has its touch to the language. But a grammar Nazi could hunt the scriptwriter down and lop their head off, for a few heinous grammatical crimes like these.
The direction could be on point, he has just worked around making the 7 part series interesting. Prasad Raju hasn’t tweaked the characters to give them that round of applause. Extra brownie points on the theory of ‘relatability’.