Kajol’s mere presence has the potential to eclipse her co-stars, but surprisingly, we get to see their humble camaraderie bring out the talents of the stunning supporting cast, notes Divya Nair.
The meteoric rise of OTT platforms in recent years has ensured that even celebrities are tempted to join the party.
Of course, OTT is the new multiplex.
Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Kajol have found a new form of fame and fan base after entering this immersive medium.
In June 2023, Kajol surprised everyone when she posted the message “I’m facing one of the toughest trials of my life” with the message “I’m taking a break from social media.” The post was later revealed to be a plugin to announce her latest show The process.
Based on the American drama series The good wifeThe eight-part series went online on July 14 and was written and adapted for India by Suparn S. Verma.
True to the title, Kajol plays Noyonika Sengupta, aka “the good wife,” for husband Rajeev Sengupta, who is arrested for bribery and faces a media trial.
As the world and reality around her change, Noyonika decides to take the lead and keep the family together.
After a few rejections, she manages to land a temporary job at a law firm run by her former boyfriend Vishal (Alyy Khan).
On her first day at work, she faces the challenge of representing a client who is accused of murder. It’s a pro bono case, but Noyonika’s quick thinking and fight for justice make her a kind of mini-hero, forcing her bosses and peers to get the best out of her.
Professional challenges aside, we can see Noyonika deal with emotional situations at home and in her relationships while her story is told in brief, essential flashbacks.
The story is gripping, with compelling performances from the main cast led by Kajol, Jisshu, Alyy and Sheeba Chaddha.
Kajol is brilliant as a fighting mother, wife and lawyer with her heart in the right place. Her mere presence has the potential to eclipse her co-stars, but surprisingly, we get to see how their humble camaraderie brings out the talents of the stunning supporting cast.
A special mention deserves Alyy Khan’s vocal superiority. His sharp baritone and command of dialogue are commendable.
Gaurav Pandey, Kubbra Sait and Aamir Alido add some spice to the action but definitely deserve more screen time to do it justice.
The dialogues are neat. philosophies and life gyaan are given out liberally and some of them are worth an extra.
The overall mood and vibe of the series is always almost somber, but the sharp editing and writing means we don’t get too caught up in the pleasantries of each character. Perhaps there is a sense of urgency in telling the larger story.
Most court cases are resolved within an episode or two, making Noyonika and her team almost a super-efficient dream team, which may not be how the judiciary works in the country.
Blame it on my expectations, but we’ve seen far more compelling and true-to-life courtroom drama lately – the Slow Burn criminal justicespirited guilty heads and of course the glitter suits is one of my absolute favorites.
Given that The process is adapted for a country where defamation, murder and bribery cases are portrayed for months until we tire and move on. The series glorifies an unreal legal system, as if constantly reminding that this is all fiction.
Aside from the creative liberties The process is a decently written series that makes you want to watch it.
The twist in the final episode provides enough material to whet your appetite for a powerful second season, if there is one.
The Trial will stream on Disney+Hotstar.
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