Web Series: Taali
Cast: Sushmita Sen, Nitish Rathore, Ankur Bhatia, Aishwarya Narkar, Krutika Deo
Director: Ravi Jadhav
Streaming On: Jio Cinema
Release Date: 15th August, 2023
Story: The story of Taali revolves around the life of transgender activist Gauri Sawant, who is played by Sushmita Sen. The series shows her struggles In fighting for her community and getting them included as the third gender in every document in India.
Taali is definitely a crucial show in today’s time. The country had no recognition for eunuchs until 2014. any legal documents did not support their existence. They were prohibited from adopting, marrying, driving, or receiving any government benefits. Today, you can always find an ‘other’ option on application forms, alongside both male and female options. Shreegauri Sawant’s petition to the Supreme Court for legal recognition was the only reason for this happening. In 2014, the Supreme Court identified the rights of the transgender community as a “third gender”. Taali tries to present her life in six episodes.
The series entirely relies on the shoulders of actress Sushmita Sen, who plays Sawant with the intensity and elegance required. Despite her noble efforts, Taali struggles to rise above the formulaic narrative. The web series, which was written by Kshitij Patwardhan, somehow shows the incidents in a confined way, leaving the viewers wanting more.
The attempt of giving a filmy touch worked in a few parts, like “Bajaungi nahi, Bajwaungi…”, but it looked like too out of the place”In logo ne meri makeup kiya he, shaam tak mein inka packup karti hoon!”
Performances: Sushmita Sen was too good and though at a few places she looked odd she fitted into her character very well. Krutika Deo was natural while Nitish Rathore, Ankur Bhatia, Aishwarya Narkar were fine.
- Sushmita Sen’s Performance
- Few Electrifying Moments
- Lack Of Emotional Depth
- Bland Narrative
Taali Web Series has a few effective moments which work well, and a superb performance by Sushmita Sen also acts as a strong pillar for it. But a tad too ordinary taking for the most of the parts does not allow the series to impress the viewers. You can watch it for the performance of Sushmita Sen and the noble plot.