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The Fame Game Review: Madhuri Dixit-led Netflix series

Madhuri Dixit’s latest web series, The Fame Game, premiered on February 25 on a streaming platform. This new venture into the world of web series and OTT signals her debut in this realm. Apart from Madhuri, The Fame Game features Sanjay Kapoor, Rajshri Deshpande, Manav Kaul, Muskkaan Jaferi, and Lakshvir Saran in different key roles. However, Maduri’s presence is sure to add value to this new format of storytelling.

Anamika Anand, a popular actress, has gone missing, and her seemingly perfect life is revealed to have some dark secrets. The eight episode-series tells her story and the story of her family.

Storyline and Characters

Madhuri Dixit stars as Bollywood diva Anamika Anand, who goes missing after an awards function. This creates a nationwide stir, and the investigative agencies are roped in to find her. Despite their best efforts, Anamika’s whereabouts remain unknown. The episodic structure of the series jumps back and forth in time, gradually revealing snippets of Anamika’s life in the past.

Rajshri Deshpande played the role of the police officer named Shobha. She is determined to investigate the case, despite her dislike for Bollywood celebrities. As Shobha begins to learn more about Anamika’s life and her motivations, she comes to respect the actor slowly. And Shobha gradually comes to appreciate Anamika’s determination and strength.

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Anamika may not be who she seems to be. Shobha and the audience may not have an accurate understanding of who she is. Anamika clearly has a lot of problems in her personal life between her troubled marriage, her relationship with her children, and all the other issues. It is amazing she is able to keep it together at work. Also, it is understandable that she would smile and seem okay in public, but it’s hard to understand how she has not lost it completely in private life. In the final few episodes of the series, we see why Madhuri possesses this trait.

The other two major performances of The Fame Game are enacted by Lakshvir Saran and Muskkaan Jaaferi, both of whom played the role of Anamika’s children. Both of them performed lots of scenes opposite Madhuri, and they nicely held their own.

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Saran plays Avi, who faces several difficult conditions, including an inexplicable rivalry with her mother, Anamika. Avi is an intense person, and Saran’s performance is one of the most affecting parts of a drama where most of its characters are out of depth or devious.

Jaaferi played Amara, whose mother issues stem from the fact that she strives to be liked and respected like her mother, despite being quieter than her. Jaaferi is quite fun to watch as her visual narrative evolves from being sweet to sinister over the course of one lump.

Children’s experiences are affected by their parents’ actions in The Fame Game. A great deal of the narrative depends on Anamika’s relationship with her overbearing mother, performed by Suhasini Mulay. Anamika’s mother is especially driven, as she forced her daughter to enter the movie industry at a young age. She has shown she’s the master of the house, parallels Anamika’s extreme control over her career and life from an early age.

On the other hand, Sanjay Kapoor played Anamika’s husband, Nikhil, who is a movie producer. Sanjay carries a bit of his persona from the best Dibakar Banerjee short film played in Lust Stories. Nikhil alternates between being faithful and nasty. Anamika’s husband plays fast and loose with their finances, often keeping Anamika blind about his expenditure and investments. Together, Anamika’s mother and husband were good enough to drive Anamika mad.

Manav Kaul also played a role as a movie star named Manish, who was once romantically close to Anamika. The months before Anamika disappeared, Manish reentered Anamika’s life and eventually became a prime suspect. The actor who went through a divorce continues to have feelings for Anamika. In addition, he also has psychological problems. Kaul really makes Manish a well-rounded character. Further, Makrand Deshpande also showed up in an interesting role, which may be explored in the second season.

Actors and Directors

Cast: Madhuri Dixit Nene, Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Rajshri Deshpande, Suhasini Mulay, Lakshvir Saran, Muskkaan Jaferi, and ensemble.

Creator: Sri Rao.

Director: Sri Rao, Karishma Kohli, and Bejoy Nambiar.

The Fame Game Review

Netflix series The Fame Game’s essence is all about the spotlight, but Sri Rao intends to show a different side of the light by immersing his audience in the dark shadow of that spotlight. His motive is to construct a character that seems angelic, perfect, and ideal in every way. Can such a facade go on forever? The plot takes an unexpected turn and turns into a dark drama.

Sri Rao goes through the most innocuous path of crafting characters for a play. He obscures the line between theater and reality while creating some of the most considerable personas of his work. Anamika comes perfectly close to what Madhuri Dixit Nene actually looks like.

The filmmaker takes the meta route when it comes to composing the character biographies. He brings Madhuri’s still scene photos that happen to be gathered from her movies. So it is puzzling that Anamika is not Madhuri at the same time as Madhuri is playing Anamika. Watching the series will reveal all the answers.

Final Words

The Fame Game is a complex series. It is a mix of some good and some bad parts. The veteran actress Madhuri Dixit keeps the audience mesmerized by her brilliant acting, as well as spell binding smile. The rest of the cast also did their parts skillfully. If you are a Madhuri fan, then you should not miss this latest Netflix series. However, if you are not a fan of hers but have passion for mysterious family dramas, you can watch it. Madhuri’s Netflix series the Fame Game won’t disappoint you, as the plot is interesting with some added mystery.

Source: United News of Bangladesh