Netflix’s Call My Agent: Bollywood Review: Chaotic Star-Studded Affair

Netflix’s Call My Agent: Bollywood is now out for viewers. It’s a Hindi remake of the French series Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent). Directed by Shaad Ali, the series stars Aahana Kumra, Ayush Mehra, Soni Razdan and Rajat Kapoor. There are total 6 episodes of 45-48 minutes approximately. The series is available in Hindi with English subtitles.

The synopsis for Netflix Call My Agent: Bollywood reads, “From pulling off casting coups to calming celebrity egos, the drama never stops for four Mumbai talent agents hustling to save their sinking company.”

Call My Agent: Bollywood Review Contains No Spoilers

“You snooze, you lose. No personal life, no social commitments,” says Aahana Kumra’s character Amal to her new assistant about the job. Call My Agent: Bollywood on Netflix tries to show us how this dialogue is true for agents who handle these celebrities. The agents in the limelight here are Monty (Rajat Kapoor), Mehershaad (Ayush Mehra), Treasa (Soni Razdan) and Amal.

Monty, Mehershad, Amal and Treasa work at the ART talent agency in Mumbai that handles various celebrities and movies. In the first episode, we meet Dia Mirza, who is 5 hours late for her ad shoot as she’s prepping for her Hollywood movie. Sadly, she loses the project because she’s “old” for the role. This particular point is quite true when it comes to women actors in every film industry. They’re hired more based on their age than their talent.

Anyway, that’s not what the show’s plot is; it’s about these 4 agents. These four agents are in a pickle when the founder of the ART talent agency passes away unexpectedly one day. They must buckle up to deal with the work pressure, handle the celebrity tantrums and their troubles, as well as personal and work woes. The film business, as well as its talent agency, is fiercely competitive. With tax troubles and betrayals, they are confronted with new challenges. The first two episodes build up an exciting plot and falls into a pit from the third one.

Jackie Shroff, Lara Dutta, Ila Arun, Sarika Haasan, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Lillete Dubey, Nandita Das, Farah Khan, and more Bollywood celebs appear in the show. That does not, however, make the show remarkable. Surprisingly, most of the time, the celebs and cast go overboard with their performances. It’s more awkward than entertaining because of the strained humour.

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The story is also uninteresting because it fails to make a significant point at the end. There should be a clear objective or conclusion. However, cramming too many concerns into a six-episode show causes the narrative to be rushed and jumbled. In the majority of the episodes, the ‘fun’ or ‘intriguing’ aspect is lacking. Shaad really had a good intent in mind while making the show. But the execution and performance don’t live up to the mark.

Call My Agent: Bollywood Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Call My Agent Bollywood had the potential to be extremely entertaining. The lacklustre comedy and OTT acting by the cast, though, bugged me. A show in which agents should drive the narration are not written well. It’s a chaotic star-studded affair that depicts an unreal working style even though such individuals exist.

Call My Agent: Bollywood is now streaming on Netflix.

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Call My Agent: Bollywood Review: The series fails to impress you despite having a galore of celebrities.

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