A road trip with friends should ideally be filled with lots of fun, emotions and nostalgia. It has to be thrilling with varied twists. It has to be humorous with a lot of inside jokes. And, it has to be exciting with the depiction of the journey. Sadly, Khwabon Ke Parindey doesn’t match up to the expectation at any level.
Tapasvi Mehta and Amandeep Ahluwalia’s direction is sloppy and amateurish. The first episode begins with an unnecessary prelude to what’s going to be shown in the upcoming episode — absolutely not needed and spoils the fun as the most important part of the episode gets revealed beforehand. The directorial duo along with co-writers Aarsh Vora and Chirag Ratna Singh, have written a screenplay that is haphazard and has jump cuts and intercuts between scenes, which abjectly breaks the flow of the story for you as a viewer. The writing is indeed the soft spot of the show. There are too many plot points that are building up but are left half-baked.
Talking of the performances, Mrinal Dutt stands out. His dedication towards the character will surprise you. The layers in his characterisation, which he keeps peeling from time to time, will leave you impressed. Besides him, none of the others are noteworthy. It’s surprising to see that even Asha Negi is just about okay. Manasi Moghe tries too hard to astound us but falls flat. Tushar Sharma, as the narrator and the fourth wheel in the story, is too average and the performance comes out as mediocre.
But the one thing that stands out in the series is the exotic locales of Australia. The cinematography by Bernard Winter has to be given due credit for the same. The road trip from Melbourne to Perth looks scenic in the background, and you are expecting the story to be equally enjoyable, but unfortunately, it isn’t.
The editing by Arjun Mogre and Tapasvi Mehta is crisp. It jumps right into the story and doesn’t veer away from the main point too much. The episodes are short, around 20-minutes each, and there are just six-episodes. That’s a great advantage as even if you don’t enjoy the chemistry between the friends, you are not investing too much time into it.
Khwabon Ke Parindey isn’t able to profoundly deal with the varied aspects associated with friendship. It just about touches and passes by without actually laying impetus on the clashes and nostalgic moments. Therefore, it isn’t able to draw the audience for a constant binge-viewing.
If you are looking for a story on friendship, watch Dil Chahta Hai or Zindagi Na Milega Dobara once again over the weekend, as Khwabon Ke Parindey is totally PASSÉ and AVOIDABLE.
Title: Khwabon Ke Parindey
Cast: Asha Negi, Manasi Moghe, Mrinal Dutt, Tushar Sharma, and others
Director: Tapasvi Mehta and Amandeep
Platform: Voot Select
Rating: 1.5 stars
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