Ray Review: A Beautiful Presentation Of 4 Different Stories Which You’ll Instantly Feel Connected To

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Gajraj Rao, Raghubir Yadav, Manoj Pahwa; Kay Kay Menon, Rajesh Sharma, Bidita Bag, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Kharaj Mukherjee; Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Anindita Ghosh; Harshavardhan Kapoor, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Radhika Madan.

Directed By: Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji & Vasan Bala 

Rating: 3.5/5

The awaited anthology Ray has finally released on OTT Platform Netflix and is available for streaming. It stars a bunch of amazing actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Kay Kay Menon, Harshvardhan Kapoor and Ali Fazal. Directed by three Directors Abhishek Chaubey, Srijit Mukherji and Vasan Bala, Ray is an intellectual piece of drama. 

It is well known that Ray’s title and plot, both are based on four short stories by Satyajit Ray. Satyajit Ray himself was one of the very finest film personalities who was literally an all rounder; director, writer, screenplay writer, lyricist and what not. He especially made bengali films which earned recognition at International levels. He won a total of 36 National Awards and various international awards too. 

Hence, developing a project based on his story was definitely not an easy task. But we must say, the team of Ray has done a commendable job.

The train of Ray has four stations, basically it has four different stories which are not actually very inter-related.  

Talking about the acting skills, direction and cinematography, we must stick to the phrase ‘Just Perfect’.  The acting skills of each and every actor is commendable. We cannot name some specific actors to praise them, because literally everybody has proved to be worthy and extraordinary. Coming forward towards the direction, each of the three directors have put their maximum efforts in making it look adorable which it does. And every scene and shot is framed so beautifully that you cannot keep your eyes off the screen. But the ultimate thing about the movie that makes it the most beautiful is the way it makes us realise and feel that we are surely connected to each and every character and their stories. The characters might not represent or relate to you, but you will know that you know these characters. 

Ali Fazal plays a businessman, Kay Kay Menon plays a man who has got his hands on an unusual, mysterious book, Manoj Bajpayee plays a Ghazal Singer, and Harshvardhan plays a popular superstar. All of these four stories are entertaining, impressive and engaging but with small loopholes. 

No doubt these stories will keep you hooked, but as you head towards the end, you might feel a little off tracked. The unnecessarily exaggerated and pushed last and forth story confuses the viewer a little.

Overall, it was a good experience watching it. It does require presence of mind and a little attention to understand the behaviour of the four stories, but once you decide and sit to watch it, it will prove to be worth it. 

Happy watching!

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