What The Fame Game showcases is the depth and marvels of Madhuri as she switches between star and human, mom and girl, notes Sukanya Verma.

‘I’m simply an actress, a star. I’m simply holding on to my fame… kyunki aur kuch aata hello nahi hai,’ admits Anamika Anand (Madhuri Dixit Nene) in a uncommon candid second.

She all the time drops her guard round Manish Khanna (Manav Kaul), a co-star she made an excellent hit pair with 20 years in the past.

Twenty years later, they reunite on a film at her husband Nikhil’s (Sanjay Kapoor) request for a ardour challenge they’re co-producing.

It’s solely becoming it needs to be titled Hasrat (Desire).

If these lingering glances and lyrical exchanges are any indication, there are unresolved emotions between the 2.

Nikhil is not oblivious to the equation Anamika and Manish share.

Isse boltein hai chemistry. Aag lagi hui thi,’ he sighs.


The Sri Rao conceptualised Netflix sequence directed by Bejoy Nambiar and Karishma Kohli comes alive in these personal moments.

But The Fame Game can also be a thriller and, usually, fulfilling a style’s obligations distracts us from savouring the portrait of a Bollywood heroine gone mysteriously lacking.

Madhuri Dixit Nene, enjoying an actress in a darker, dysfunctional model of her personal actuality, is well probably the most enticing attribute of her debut on the planet of streaming.

Anyone who noticed the euphoria when she burst into her iconic strikes in Tezaab will bear in mind the ability she wields over her viewers.

Over the years, she has grown older, wiser however her command over her artwork and magnetism powered by that million-dollar smile is as irresistible because it was the day the world cried, ‘Mohini, Mohini, Mohini’.

There too, she was kidnapped to start with of the story, which then travels forwards and backwards in time to disclose the occasions that led to this growth.

The Fame Game faucets into her iconic imagery and our awe-filled notion of Madhuri’s rigorously constructed stardom which saves it from explaining the deserves of Anamika’s unusually lengthy and profitable profession.

She is a star — the type they do not make any extra.

And The Fame Game enthusiastically deconstructs Madhuri’s glamorous silver display screen persona to construct an internet of deceit and intrigue.

It’s like each director has a distinct thought of how they need to painting her and he or she finds a magical approach to steadiness all of them.

After returning house from an awards operate, Anamika mysteriously vanishes.

Whether she is kidnapped or left on her personal accord is unknown.

But when the police, led by a lesbian cop (Rajshri Deshpande), start investigating her disappearance, skeletons come out from each closet of the superstar breadwinner’s seemingly good household.

Nikhil’s funds are in a multitude, Anamika’s mum (Suhasini Mulay) is a sharp-tongued management freak, her aunt (Shubhangi Latkar) is aware of greater than letting on, her children Avi (Lakshvir Singh Saran) and Amara (Muskkaan Jaferi) are dealing with the insecurities of younger maturity…

Anamika is a discerning girl.

She is acutely aware of Avi’s rising melancholy and Amara’s appearing aspirations within the period of #nepokids.

A middle-class Marathi mulgi who has come up the onerous method, she does not take her success or followers without any consideration.

She is not delusional and totally acutely aware of what it means to be a middle-age famous person surviving in an ageist and sexist business that’s selectively unkind and capitalist.

She additionally realises the accomplice she has will not be the accomplice she wants, however fame comes with a worth and maintaining appearances.

As we journey via her Bhumika-ish dilemmas and Maya Memsaab-like exploration into the enigma of Anamika, the characters unfold themselves out in quite a few instructions.

Unfortunately, those not that includes Madhuri will not be that good.

The Fame Game, which dazzles effortlessly in her presence, stumbles below the burden of uneven, overzealous writing when she isn’t round.

Like Amara bonding along with her mum’s creepy fan (Gagan Arora), Avi’s pretentious heart-to-hearts with a intercourse employee hit a weird be aware.

But most exasperating is the cop dealing with Anamika’s case. Rajshri Deshpande has a strong, steely presence however her cynical, anti-Bollywood characterisation is in every single place.

Luckily, Anamika and the 2 males in her life, on completely different ends of the spectrum, hold us invested in Rao’s glossily packaged suspenseful drama.

Manav Kaul performs a famous person of SRK proportions, waving on the crowd gathered exterior his Mannat-sized house from the terrace with élan.

On the opposite hand, Sanjay Kapoor easily delivers Nikhil’s business-minded half.

There’s a mysterious third determine lurking within the shadows, artist or admirer, The Fame Game takes its personal candy time to disclose.

How is it linked to Anamika vanishing?

The eight-part sequence prolongs the suspense until the very finish.

What it showcases immediately is the depth and marvels of Madhuri as she switches between star and human, mom and girl.

The speedy fee at which her expressions change on studying of a confidant’s betrayal is telling of the extraordinary journey the famous person has coursed.

The Fame Game streams on Netflix.

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