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PREVIEW: Ajeeb Daastaans (Hindi), NETFLIX – with Trailer

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Ajeeb Daastaans – Geeli Pucchi Photo: NETFLIX

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 6 April 2021: The four-part ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’ (Hindi), produced by Dhamatic Entertainment and directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani, the anthology releases on April 16, 2021, exclusively on Netflix

A twisted tale of lovers, a struggle for daily life, a calculated friendship, and a journey to find solace… Netflix’s Ajeeb Daastaans explores jealousy, entitlement, prejudices, and toxicity. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, the anthology explores the complexities of human behavior and relationships.

Writer and director Shashank Khaitan said, “My film Majnu explores the dynamics of three characters, their interpersonal relationships, and how they keep evolving with each scene. Jaideep, Fatima, and Armaan’s characters all want love on their own terms and the space to express themselves but are trapped within the norms of society, much like a lot of people around us. Working on a predefined theme about flawed relationships was a unique experience for me as this is the first time I made something so unusual yet realistic.”

Talking about his film, director Raj Mehta said, “Khilauna was made with the intention of bringing an unexpected storytelling experience to the audience. The story and the title itself might have different interpretations for each viewer and that is what makes it exciting. Nushrratt, Abhishek, and Inayat have this multi-dimensional relationship which adds depth to the film. We have presented imperfect characters, much like real life with no clear blacks or whites. It is entirely on your perspective and hopefully, the film will leave audiences feeling perplexed yet entertained!”

National Award-winning director, Neeraj Ghaywan on writing and directing his film said, “Geeli Pucchi explores the intersectional realities of two women from disparate worlds. They are both longing for an emotional connection which they end up finding in one another. It was truly inspiring to see Konkana and Aditi bring these characters and their relationship to life. Gelli Pucchi is a complex ride of emotions and I am very excited to see the audience’s reaction to it.”

Making his debut as a director, Kayoze Irani said, “Ankahi is all about emotions – those that can be expressed and those that are left unsaid. What attracted me to the film was the fact that communication doesn’t need to be verbal and a lot can be said without words. Manav and Shefali were a treat to direct and they lift the entire storyline. It’s an amazing feeling when lines written on paper transform into a beautiful vision because of fabulous acting and chemistry. The sense of fulfillment after completing a film is immense and I can’t wait to share it with the audience.”

Bringing together some of the finest creative talents from across India, Ajeeb Daastaans is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment.


Producers- Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Somen Mishra & Dharmatic Entertainment.


Director: Shashank Khaitan, Writer: Shashank Khaitan, Cast: Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Armaan Ralhan


Director: Raj Mehta, Writer: Sumit Saxena, Cast: Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, Inayat Verma

Geeli Pucchi

Director: Neeraj Ghaywan, Writers: Neeraj Ghaywan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Konkona Sensharma, Aditi Rao Hydari


Director: Kayoze Irani, Writers: Uzma Khan, Sumit Saxena, Cast: Shefali Shah, Manav Kaul, Tota Roy Chowdhury


MOVIE REVIEW: Social media peril for the ‘Guilty’

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 19 March 2020: Watching Karan Johar’s ‘Guilty’ is a peep into the male psyche where a woman is not taken seriously. Even if she says “I have been raped”. She is doubted and advised to keep mum by family and friends. This is the genesis of ‘Guilty’ laced with the flair of the social media age.

Yes, it’s India and Delhi University (DU)’s St. Martin’s College (shot in St. Stephen’s College) where a popular DJ (VJ) allegedly rapes a girl (Tanu) in the presence of friends and his own girlfriend (Nanki). Tanu tweets about it. VJ is a politician’s son and attempts to stop Tanu from filing an FIR amidst all sorts of talk about her character.

Danish who is probing the case for a law firm wins a defamation case against Tanu’s family as the talk of ‘Me too’ reverberates the university. The rest of the movie traces the rather sketchy but concerted moves by Tanu to pin down VJ to face the law. The end is longish with the director falling into the trap of Bollywood style lecturing. Still, the movie (about two hours) gives the message of hope.

‘Guilty’ which is streaming on Netflix, has all the ingredients of an intense social drama with ‘stuff’ (explicit language, intimate scenes, social reality, boozing…) which the Indian censors disdain in movies released in cinema halls. I am sure this movie would have got ‘A’ with many cuts from the Indian censors.

This movie must be watched for the content. In ‘sanskari’ culture girls are supposed to remain silent in such situations. It is this that ‘Guilty’ confronts. And, social media can be a trigger to take the post ‘Me Too’ ahead.

Director Ruchi Narain makes the unsettling movie watchable making Kaira Advani (Nanki) give a good performance. Akansha Ranjan Kapoor (Tanu), Gurfateh Singh Pirzada ,Taher Shabbir, Dalip Tahil, Kunal Vijaykar, and Manu Rishi perform well.