While everyone was madly suggesting me to watch Hasmukh, I had to check out for what it really was and man, did I love it!
These were a few thoughts I had after watching Hasmukh:
The Killer Premise
It’s the story of a small-town comedian. He might have decent jokes, but he definitely does not have the confidence to perform on stage. Unless of course he gets a dose of what he calls his “Viagra” – a cold blooded murder.
Vir Das’ Killer Smile
He might have pledged to kill only the corrupt men, but Hasmukh is a serial killer, nonetheless. After he kills, he becomes a different person altogether. From a shy boy he turns into a charming comedian with a deadly smile. When he looks into the camera, it’s like he is daring us with his secret.
It’s one of the first few dark comedies out there
Dark comedy is all about making fun of things that aren’t really made fun of a lot. It’s not for everyone – it’s rather inappropriate. But those who like, love it. Hasmukh is one of the first few dark comedies in India. Now, it might not be the best, but it is a good first attempt.
The Office Politics
Often described as sharks or hyenas, the showrunners of India’s premiere comedy show are 100% deadly. On their desperate quest for success, they are willing to do anything. Only the ones with thickest skins can survive the cut-throat competition. The show pulls the curtains to show the massacre off the stage.
The crushing reality of Mumbai
Hasmukh gets the chance to compete in the comedy show and moves to Mumbai like lakhs of others from small towns. He discovers the dark reality behind the glitz and glamour of opportunities. He learns that nobody can be trusted, and a single wrong move can land him in trouble – that Bombay is not the city of dreams, it’s city of dead dreams.
Vir Das and Ranvir Shorey
While Vir Das’ character is the showman performing on stage, Jimmy (Ranvir Shorey) is the man keeping the wheels running offstage. From negotiating monies to planning murders and to getting away with dead bodies, the two of them bond quickly. Vir Das and Ranvir Shorey have genuine chemistry here.
Apart from Manoj Pahwa being a great actor as usual, there are other actors in the supporting cast who give some solid performances. Amrita Bagchi as the deadly production executive of the show, Suhail Nayyar as the deadened star comedian and Santanu Ghatak as his sidekick are the best things about this series.
The opening credits
This needs a special mention. The opening sequence edited and visualized so beautifully. It’s a visual treat!
The jokes, of course
The thing is he is not a good comedian. His husband-wife jokes, like his other jokes, are absolutely silly. So, when he walks on stage and makes people laugh hard, the real joke is the secret one he shares with us. It’s almost like Vir Das, through Hasmukh, is speaking directly to us. With his killer smile.