When Meera (Ruhi Singh, former Miss India) seems at Raghu (Faisal Shaikh, the TikTok star whose Instagram followers are nearly at 16 million) and says, “Raghu! Let’s bang-bang!”, what ensues is a gun-fight — that’s how virginal Bang Baang is. A 10-part collection, 20 minutes every, about two ex-lovers who, years later, discover themselves once more on the identical group, the collection overdoses on visible and verbal swag to overcompensate the missing intercourse.
Meera’s character trait is that on her engagement day, she seems in any respect the heels, and chooses to put on sneakers as a substitute. Raghu’s character trait is like his hair, long-overdue a snip-snap that retains brushing his imaginative and prescient, he retains coming in the best way. He’s speculated to be charming, however his allure wilts like day outdated flowers. It’s the sort of allure that errors overconfidence for being reliable. Meera and Raghu have been lovers. However then years move, and Meera is now engaged, and Raghu continues to be the wispy flirt.
Skeletal stays are unearthed and this brings Meera and Raghu again collectively in the identical metropolis — Udaipur. Meera is investigating it, Raghu is a suspect. The skeleton belongs to a sure Ramona, a daughter of the royal household to which Meera is now engaged. There’s battle of curiosity on two sides — the sufferer and suspect. But, she walks into the crime scene carrying her ball robe engagement outfit.
When Raghu is locked in as a suspect, and is being interrogated, like Divyenndu’s unyielding calm swagger in Bichhoo Ka Khel, right here too, Raghu winces taking a look at his ex-lover interrogating him, “Babes, protein shake kahan hai?”
The components is easy: to bung in as many twists as attainable, sufficient so that you can cease serious about the logic of it, with such sharp swerves of logic, you’ll overlook why and the place the entire rattling factor started. By episode three, I misplaced the purpose. By episode 5, I ended attempting.
At its greatest, this format of storytelling that ALT Balaji works with, is a celebration of the current second — to only be, don’t ask why one thing occurred, and don’t fear about why you might be doing what you might be doing. An nearly nihilistic pursuit. That is, after all, giving it an excessive amount of credit score, however it’s notable that they can churn out collection like Bicchhoo Ka Khel, Dark 7 White, Paurashpur, and now Bang Baang, all of which run on this precept — to only preserve going. There’s little differentiating the writers room from a sugared up group of pals huddled on a carpeted flooring taking part in Playing cards Towards Humanity.
Tiktok star? Motion-Revenge? Abs? Hair? Hrithik Roshan? The Crown? Rajasthan? All of it goes!
What doesn’t is intercourse, or any remotely erotic second, curated rigorously so Faisu’s flirty followers don’t eke out in jealousy. Even his flirtations are so 1990s Romeo, content material with the common flashes of a ripped physique with none bodice ripping. The need-they-won’t-they stress just isn’t in regards to the intercourse, it’s in regards to the case they’ve to unravel, which retains slipping from their arms — some new proof, some new homicide, some new twist, it retains going, two twists longer than endurance endured.
Even the lead investigator at one level, chokes on his chai when confronted with new proof, and shrugs his shoulders, “Twist?” The present is self-aware, insofar because it begins to provide fast 10 second recaps in the previous few episodes. It cares sufficient for the viewers’s hormones to maintain Faisu shirtless via the climax, however not sufficient to provide him the charmless intercourse scenes they normally do. There isn’t a level labouring on the appearing or writing as a result of that wasn’t the purpose of any of this. The purpose was merely to squeeze sparsely sketched characters into sparsely sketched conditions, giving the characters house to be aspirational (“sizzling”, billowing reverse engineered “sensible” dialogues, a lover or two in tow, saying ‘Fuck’ a couple of hundred occasions, and doing Bang! Baang! with heels and helmets intact) with out giving them an excessive amount of house to develop absolutely, for the viewer to note the cracks within the swag. As a result of who would root for them then?