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Taaza Khabar Review: Bhuvan Bam’s gritty comedy-drama series starts off fresh but resorts to old tactics

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Bhuvan Bam in Taaza Khabar transforms into Vasant aka Vasya, a man who collects money in a pay-and-use lavatory.
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Taaza Khabar Review: Bhuvan Bam’s gritty comedy-drama series starts off fresh but resorts to old tactics
Taaza Khabar Review: Bhuvan Bam’s gritty comedy-drama series starts off fresh but resorts to old tactics

‘Taaza Khabar’ – an eight-episode drama starring one of the biggest Youtube star and BB Ki Vines fame Bhuvan Bam is out on Friday on Disney Plus Hotstar.

Bhuvan Bam in Taaza Khabar transforms into Vasant aka Vasya, a man who collects money in a pay-and-use lavatory.

With his alcoholic father, a devoted mother who would steal for her son, and her one true love, Madhu, a sex worker, his life is all stuck in a rut. However, Vasya dreams of making it out of the hellhole, but he is stuck with no money. He is a good-hearted man, who helps and cleans a woman who has fallen in his lavatory and is blessed with a miracle.

While initially appearing to be more of a burden than an advantage, things quickly change for the better and it appears as though Vashya and his squad have struck it lucky, but you know in your heart that this won’t last!

Taaza Khabar, is a story shaped to celebrate its leading man. Rags to riches but with a whole lot of gloss and the swag that makes slow-motion shots of cigarette and bare-bodied men with power quintessential.

But what distinguishes this one from others is that the central focus of everything revolves on a man who resembles us. Is ungroomed, lacks abs and substantial muscles, and bears no similarity to any Rocky Bhais in the world. The character building is surprisingly very peppy yet rooted to the milieu the characters come from.

There’s also a man so righteous that he won’t do wrong even if it costs his life (Mehboob, Deven). With them is a boy from the local Chinese restaurant who just wants to exist and have fun (Peter, Prathamesh). They are explored well enough for us to root for them in a limited time and that is a commendable job.

The show has merit just for the way it integrates fantasy into a narrative that is firmly grounded in reality. A man who conceals even a thousand bucks under three layers of locks becomes wealthy overnight. This can only be magic or a crime, and the latter is given a literal storyline in the narrative. The producers are committed to telling you that as a community we are rising.

The second half had too much style, but it serves just to highlight how lacking it was in the first and how the environment changes when a guy gains control. Bhuvan is renowned for illustrating the ridiculousness of a man attempting to eat something that is far larger than his mouth. Here, he also does that. He succeeds in going “Aukaat ke bahar,” but he also had a reason for doing so.

Although to some it may appear stale and cliched, Taaza Khabar is more about giving the freshness and seeing Bhuvan Bam develop in it. Watch it all at once; it’s that fun.

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