‘Qubool Hai’ web series review: The Telugu-Dakhani series scores on some fronts and engages partially

The Telugu-Dakhani sequence exploring baby marriages and trafficking in Hyderabad’s Outdated Metropolis engages partially and scores on some fronts

The Telugu-Dakhani sequence exploring baby marriages and trafficking in Hyderabad’s Outdated Metropolis engages partially and scores on some fronts

A couple of years in the past, when the digital house was starting to open up, filmmakers noticed it as a possibility to inform tales with out being tied down by field workplace constraints. Qubool Hai?, the six-episode Telugu-Dakhani sequence streaming on Aha, is one such instance. Sans starry names, Qubool Hai? narrates a dramatised fictional story (by Pranav Pingle Reddy, Sanjiv Chakravarthy and Kevin Ronith Kumar) impressed by actual incidents of kid marriages and trafficking in Hyderabad’s Outdated Metropolis. Such a premise can lend itself to a compelling narrative. Directed by the trio Pranav, Umair Hasan and Faiz Rai, the sequence lives as much as its potential in some parts however doesn’t come collectively as a cohesive complete. 

There’s an genuine, lived-in milieu as Karthik Parmar’s digicam leads us right into a decrease middle-class residence that’s decked up for a marriage. Past the gaiety is the sordid actuality of a younger woman, in her early teenagers, being married off to a a lot older Arab man. Through the years, there have been a number of information experiences of ladies being married to aged males and later trafficked. The sequence turns its gaze on such cases that proceed to occur and appreciably, with out voyeurism.

Qubool Hai?

Forged: Abhilasha Poul, Feroze, Vinay Varma

Path: Pranav Reddy, Umair Hasan and Faiz Rai

Streaming on: Aha

The story is ready within the Talabkatta space the place circle inspector Faizal Khan (AJ Karrthik) is courting the media highlight for cracking different, comparatively smaller crimes. A newcomer to this police station is Bhanu Prakash (Manoj Muthyam), who finally wakes as much as the wedding dealer and trafficking nexus. 

At an NGO that counsels ladies who’ve been rescued, two lecturers need to get to the basis of the difficulty, although their paths are completely different. The bodily training trainer Shahnaz (Abhilasha Poul) who teaches ladies self-defence methods needs to sort out the difficulty head-on whereas Khatija (Vaishali Bisht) believes within the long-term strategy of counselling households in opposition to freely giving their daughters in such marriages. 

Issues take a flip when 13-year-old Ameena goes lacking. Life goes on in Talabkatta. The one one who has the sense of urgency to trace the woman earlier than it’s too late is Shahnaz.

The story tries to search out solutions to urgent questions: what makes households gullible sufficient to purchase into the lofty guarantees of marriage brokers? How does this community function? All this unfolds at a slightly unhurried tempo, which seems to be a dampener for the story. Maybe it was meant to mirror the unhurried life-style of Hyderabad and the ‘chalta hai’ angle, however it doesn’t augur effectively.

On the brighter facet, there are some good performances, particularly by Abilasha and Feroze. The latter performs Asif, a personality from the streets of the Outdated Metropolis, with the genuine Dakhani lingo and diction. Asif has a expertise for predicting the end result of cricket matches and makes tidy sums in betting; he additionally has a manner of talking and a simple manner. When issues come to hurry, it appears shocking that Asif is certainly naive to not know what he’s stepping into.

The narrative takes a darker flip when a wedding dealer Jawed (Suresh Gehra) and a kingpin, Rafeeq (Vinay Varma), are introduced into focus. As traditional, Varma stays on beat with what’s required for his character and places up a menacing efficiency that will get additional accentuated by the house he inhabits, just like the akhada.

It’s straightforward to guess from a distance the risk to Asif and his household however when the occasions unfold, it’s chilling. There’s additionally an fascinating character known as Burqewali, who turns into an emblem of retaliation and liberation. This side might have been explored higher. We get fleeting strains and pictorial symbols of how the Burqewali is starting to be revered by ladies within the locality, however it’s not sufficient. In direction of the top, there’s a terrific episode the place the Burqewali takes on a mighty power, however then, the digicam retains slicing away to indicate us what is going on in one other house, which isn’t half as fascinating. Jerry Silvester Vincent’s music rating heightens the tempo within the last episodes. If solely these episodes had additionally been edited higher to construct the stress.

The manufacturing design by Rohan Singh deserves a point out and the staff, as a complete, must be appreciated for exploring the nooks and crannies of the Outdated Metropolis effectively sufficient.

The sequence ends on a cliffhanger, leaving a number of questions unanswered. Had the sequence been extra tightly edited with higher pacing, it might have made for a gripping drama slightly than one thing that engages in components.

(Qubool Hai? is streaming on Aha)

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