MAHARANI Review

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2.5

Director: Karan Sharma

Created by: Subhash Kapoor

Starring: Huma Qureshi, Sohum Shah, Amit Sial

Written by: Subhash Kapoor & Nandan Singh

Dialogue: Uma Shankar Singh

Streaming on: Sony Liv

The story of Maharani is set in the Bihar of the 1990s. Rani Bharti (Huma Qureshi) is the homemaker wife of Bihar’s chief minister Bheema (Sohum Shah). All she cares about is her house and her family and doesn’t care much about politics. Her life takes a sudden twist when her husband, Bheema Singh Bharti, declares her as the state’s next CM, after he is shot and critically injured. How Rani settles and learns the ropes of her new position from the rest of the show.

The story of the show is loosely based on Rabri Devi, Bihar’s first and by far the only woman chief minister, who was handpicked as his successor by her husband, former CM Lalu Prasad Yadav. The plot of the show forms quickly and equally fast it falls apart. The first episode is not gripping or interesting in any way. There are moments but still, they are not nearly enough. The idea behind it might have been right and would have been a great political show but it never translated well on the screen. The same script which has been laid down by many in Indian political films has been followed here like a blinded horse following a road. A political drama generally reels you in and you are immersed into it. That wasn’t the case with this show as it has been boring from start to finish.

The few good things about the show is that it has been produced well and the acting performances. Cinematography has been done well and there’s no complaints with that. Editing could have been better. Maybe the maker and the editor could have set together and reduced the show by an episode or two (wishful thinking). The production and the costume design look quite realistic as well.

The other good thing about the show is the performance from Huma. She is brilliant and dependable as ever. She delivers her performance with great ease. She really brings the character she plays to life. Sohum Shah plays his role with conviction. Amit Sial is impressive with his performance.

Director Karan Sharma does his best to execute the show to the best of his abilities and he does well and the show would have been even better if the writing had been on point.

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