SonyLIV’s Tryst with Destiny Review: Intense and Sincere

Tryst with Destiny, an anthology series by Drishyam Films is streaming on SonyLIV. The series is directed by Prashant Nair stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Kani Kusruti, Amit Sial, Palomi Ghosh, Suhasini, and Sahana Vasudevan. The series has 4 episodes of 30-35 minutes each.

The IMDb synopsis reads, “A billionaire learns there is something money can’t buy, a lower-caste couple attempts to build a new life, and a corrupt city cop finds himself far outside of the law in Nair’s slyly biting triptych on class in contemporary India.”

SonyLIV’s Tryst with Destiny Review Contains No Spoilers

When India achieved its freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru used the words ‘Tryst with Destiny’ in his speech. The meaning of this phrase is ‘to make a secret deal with something that is in destined for us’. In Prashant Nair’s series, the characters in focus also try to make a deal to alter the reality that’s destined for them.

The first story focuses on Ashish Vidyarthi, who plays a big businessman. Despite having abundant wealth, a loving family, a flourishing business, a lavish house, someone makes him feel he lacks something. That one missing element bothers Ashish’s character so much that he doesn’t shy away from making a rash decision for a family member.

Another episode features Vineet Kumar Singh and Kani Kusruti. In the beginning, it looks like a simple family living their life in a village. But the real horror begins at night for the couple, especially Kani’s character. The couple also makes a big decision that will change their lives forever.

Similarly, Jaideep Ahlawat and Amit Sial have their own different stories trying to trick what they’re destined with. After all, everyone wants to survive and lead a better life. These four characters belong to the same timeline and are unaware of each other yet tryst with their destinies.

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At the Tribeca Film Festival 2020, SonyLIV’s Tryst With Destiny won the Best Screenplay Award. Once you watch the series, you understand why it must have left a good impression. The opening shot of Prashant Nair’s Tryst With Destiny is Jawahar Lal Nehru’s speech. It’s an interesting way to start the series because that’s how you grab your viewer’s attention in the first few seconds.

Every chapter takes its course to unfold and hits you hard midway. The ‘tryst’ makes noise in between, and the ending is usually chilling quiet. Nair’s style of narration truly helps in giving that profound effect to the stories. The quietest, most distressing chapter was the one featuring Vineet and Kani.

Actors Ashish Vidyarthi, Jaideep AhlawatVineet Kumar Singh, Lani Kusruti and Amit Sial are brilliant. Along with solid writing, it’s the casting that makes the anthology series intriguing and impactful.

Tryst With Destiny Review: Final Thoughts

Overall, Tryst With Destiny is a series that needs to be watched to know what it really is. It isn’t a simple or straight story, even though Prashant Nair has presented us in the simplest way to understand what he’s trying to tell. The sincerity is used throughout the series as there’s no humour to cut the tension on the screen. So it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, if such intense and sincere content is what you are looking for, it should be on your watchlist.

The series is now streaming on SonyLIV.

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Tryst With Destiny Review: Prashant Nair presents some intense stories that stay on your mind.

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