Call My Agent Bollywood on Netflix is an exact frame to frame replica of the French show by the same name but the Bollywood version fails to match the original show.
First of all, we need to be clear on the definition of adaptation of a book or movie, or show. Is it an exact copy-pasted version of the original or does it take the concept and make it its own? While we don’t know which one is the legit way for this to be done, it seems like neither do the makers of Call My Agents Bollywood! Because if adaptations will fetch us such a bad replica of a great show and end up destroying the original then we much rather make what we know. Dix Pour Cent or Call My Agent is a french show that showcases behind the scenes of the filmmaking industry in an exaggerated humorous manner where actors agents are the main leads and the filmmaking industry is the shining bright star. But Call My Agent Bollywood is plain confusing!
The French show by the same name was made with such sincerity and effort that it became binge-watch material that was so widely popular that its adaptation was issued universally. But we honestly can’t figure out what went wrong with the Indian version. The storyline, each frame, scene, dialogue even the European style is copied and not in the fashion that it fits in our country. Rather it looks like they just picked up what they liked, what they didn’t want, what they couldn’t show, and without giving it a second thought about streamlining and content, they just put anything anywhere.
The writing is poor and lazy to the point where showcasing two different film industries, Parisian and Bollywood didn’t strike them. There are four agents, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Parsi, and a Catholic played by Aahana Kumra, Soni Razdan, Ayush Mehra, Rajat Kapoor, and because this is India, diversity is a must but with zero research on ethnicity. Hence we get a sex-crazed and foul-mouthed Muslim, sex-deprived and hot-headed Parsi, a dubious and confused Rajat Kapoor and we couldn’t figure out what Soni Razdan was doing in the show. Even the celeb cameos that had to be an exaggerated version of themselves don’t seem to fit in. The worst part of the show isn’t even the cameos, it’s the depiction of a lesbian through only a stereotypical male gaze. Wait until you see the production design, camera, and styling. And if you haven’t watched the French show, we’re not sure what you’ll understand from Call My Agent Bollywood! Even Ayush Mehra, Jackie Shroff, Farah Khan, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Ali Faizal with their rare moments couldn’t salvage this havoc!
But that’s enough from us, let’s see what the janta feels about Call My Agent Bollywood!
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