Stand-up comic Vir Das headlines this drama about a small-town comic Hasmukh, “an aspiring comedian with good material but terrible delivery” as described in the promotional literature.
Hasmukh has been an understudy to a famous comedian Gulati (Manoj Pahwa) who refuses to give him his big promised break. Hasmukh is driven to desperate measures to kickstart his stagnant career, and in an unexpected turn of events, his comedic stint starts with a murder. What’s worse, Hasmukh discovers that he finds his comic mojo only when he goes for the kill! That, right there is a delightful and diabolical premise here that got my immediate attention.
The show is directed by Nikhil Gonsalves and has Vir Das playing the lead role as Hasmukh. Hasmukh hails from a small village called Saharanpur and wants to make comedy his dream come true. He is so determined to achieve his dream that he will do just anything to make it come true. The show explores how an ambition which has no guidance or control can lead to a complete havoc in one’s life.
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Hasmukh may not tickle your funny bone, but those with a yen for dark dramas would certainly find this underdog story-meets-dark thriller, an appealing watch.
Cast: Vir Das, Ranvir Shorey, Suhail Nayyar
Director: Nikhil Gonsalves