Zee5’s Kaun Banegi Shikharwati does not disappoint with its star cast, eccentric ways and beautiful storytelling. This entertaining Hindi language comedy drama is directed by Gaurav Chawla and Ananya Banerjee and produced by Nikkhil Advani and Sameer Nair for Emmay Entertainment and Applause Entertainment tickles your funny bones and complicated family dynamics. The stellar cast includes Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra, Anya Singh, Raghubir Yadav, Cyrus Sahukar, and Varun Thakur. The series is ten episodes long with each having a runtime ranging from 20 minutes to 40 minutes.
– Kaun Banegi Shikharwati review does not contain spoilers –
Kaun Banegi Shikharwati: A Game Show Or A Family Drama?
It is rare these days for Indian web series to focus on the genre of comedy and make it right without offending the audience or getting into the dark lane of making everything about love and sex. Kaun Banegi Shikharwati is a shining example of how there is still hope in a nuanced take on satire, throwing light at complicated family dynamics and embracing hilarious elements while telling a story.
The story is of a King (played by Naseeruddin Shah) who plans to bring his estranged daughters back to the palace they grew up in with the help of his right-hand man and friend (played by Raghubir Yadav) when he is troubled by the final notice to pay his pending wealth tax. The daughters- Devyani (Lara Dutta), Gayatri (Soha Ali Khan), Kaamini (Kritika Kamra) and Uma (Anya Singh), who left the place in their early adulthood are drawn back to their home when they are offered to take the stewardship of the Shikharwati palace.
All ridden with their own personal problems, the daughters compete with each other through various eccentric, funny and silly games to obtain the prize. However, the competition that initially looks like a war progresses to soon make the sisters realize certain truths that are the realities of their lives and each others’ as well. But, who becomes the next King of Shikharwati is for the viewers to tune in and find out.
Kaun Banegi Shikharwati: The Brilliant Cast
It is usually a dicey game when you have such big names associated with a project. It can either be a hit or a massive failure. This show is, fortunately, the former. Every actor plays their part brilliantly and aids the character development of others and the overall plot.
Naseeruddin Shah in his weirdly fancy pyjamas is a delight and along with Raghubir Yadav, they make the perfect Akbar and Birbal duo. Lara Dutta is headstrong and rigid as Devyani, on the other hand both, Soha Ali Khan and Anya Singh fit their part perfectly. However, the true star of the show would be the hilarious and most relatable performance put forward by Kritika Kamra as Kaamini, the social media influencer. Kamra’s role is a stereotype we associate influencers with but, it still works and plays like a mellow satire on today’s ‘clickstagram’ generation.
Cyrus Sahukar, Anurag Sinha and Varun Thakur are wonderful additions to the cast, who never take away the limelight but, always have their own moments where they shine.
Kaun Banegi Shikharwati: Final Verdict
Stream it for a good laugh and fun games. The character developments are unevenly distributed and, if this was a sitcom with weekly releases it would have been better, undoubtedly. But, that does not take away from the charismatic picture this show paints.
You can watch all the episodes of Kaun Banegi Shikharwati on Zee5 now.Instagram & Facebook to keep yourself updated with the latest news and reviews.