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Ray Trailer Review – Reminiscent of an Old World Charm

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Netflix dropped the trailer for its new Indian series inspired by four stories of Satyajit Ray. The show which is set to stream on the site on June 25 is simply titled ‘Ray’.

The trailer starts with a quick montages of the four protagonists, facing their back to the cameras with a philosophical voice-over stating how humans are skin to Gods. First we are introduced to Ali Fazal, who plays an entrepreneur called Ipsit Nair with the “memory of a computer”. Next comes Harshvarrdhan Kapoor’s character, an actor who seems to have a weird tryst with religion; next in the line-up is the talented Manoj Bajpai, who’s a poet named Musafir Ali; and finally – Kay Kay Menon who plays an eccentric make-up artist.

There’s a subtle yellow tint cast on most of the scenes in the trailer, giving it all a vintage charm. Directed by Sayantan Mukherjee, the trailer is cleverly cut, with racy music that adds a certain underlining tension to all the stories, building a lot of intrigue. What stood out starkly was the measly representation of women characters in the first look. It’s pretty clear that this is a complete male dominated saga.

Well, women representation aside, ‘Ray’ looks like a very promising tribute to the master auteur that Satyajit Ray was. Come June 25 and we will know if it lives up to the expectations it’s managed to churn up.

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