Directors: Debbie Rao, Ishaan Nair, Abi Varghese

Cast: Swara Bhasker, Ravi Patel, Dolly Singh, Varun Thakur, Mona Ambegaonkar and Girish Kulkarni

This Swara Bhasker starrer premiered on Netflix on December 4th. It follows the main character, Beanie, played by Bhasker as she navigates her dream of becoming a stand up comic.

Beanie is the typical girl next door. Society has handed out a blue print as to how she must live her life and she tries her best to follow it. She has an MBA, a job, a set of helicopter parents and a sometimes jerk boyfriend. In the first episode the boyfriend decided to drop his jerk act for a second and proposes marriage. Before she can even react he has slipped the ring onto her finger (jerk more reactivated) and her parents have begun planning their wedding.

Screengrab from the trailer.

On the day of her roka (engagement ceremony) however, Beanie is overwhelmed at the speed at which things are progressing and runs away leaving behind a heartbroken fiance. On a whim she also ends up quitting her job and goes to a comedy showcase. Where she bombs. The next five episodes follow her journey as she tries to get back on her feet and struggles to find herself.

Review

Beanie isn’t playing the overused independent strong womanTM trope. Although backstory is muddled her personality shines through the six short episodes. She is just as confused, indecisive and rebellious as any 21st century woman. Her fear of failure is real and extremely relatable. The snippets where she visualizes the worst case scenarios make up for the few sincerely funny moments in the show.

Swara Bhasker in Bhaag Beanie Bhaag.

This is perhaps the least intense project Swara Bhasker has been a part of it and she brings it home with her earnest performance. She has this adorable, charming quality that makes it hard to not like her. And yet we know absolutely nothing about her. (Apart from the fact that she loves baingan ki launji.) Even so it is hard not to root for Beanie.

Beanie isn’t playing the overused independent strong womanTM trope. Although backstory is muddled her personality shines through the six short episodes. She is just as confused, indecisive and rebellious as any 21st century woman. Her fear of failure is real and extremely relatable. The snippets where she visualizes the worst case scenarios make up for the few sincerely funny moments in the show.

The show itself is more The Pursuit of Happiness than The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It has its laugh out loud moments but they rarely come from Beanie’s set. Instead it is Dolly Singh playing her famous instagram character that cracks you up the most. Ironically, she is the only character in the show who does not claim to be funny.

Dolly Singh and Swara Bhasker in the show.

Ravi Patel and Sware Bhasker share great chemistry and their scenes together feel unlaboured. Girish Kulkarni and Mona Ambegaonkar mostly left to fend for themselves.

Easy, light hearted binge.

The show does not offer anything new. It is filled with tropes, storylines and punchlines you’ve seen before. Yet, with only six short episodes it makes for an easy weekend binge. The light hearted, feel good nature of the show keeps you from losing interest and it has enough moments to actually make you crack a smile.

Watch the trailer here:

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