Vitthal Teedi Review: Rating: 3/5 stars (three stars)
One should not go ahead without crediting the fantastic work of Pratik Gandhi, and the creators of the new generation do not stick to the casting of actors only from their bubble. Today, the country awaits the release of a regional series. Take the credit for reversing the trend towards Gujarati cinema in a small way Pratik, and the creators of Scam 1992. Vitthal Teedi, a show based on a short story of the same name, is intriguing, just about the emotions, but to At the end of the day, a “short story” transformed into a long format. The word “slide” is very practical. As Gandhi achieves another goal, here is what I felt about this big step in the regional diaspora.
Vitthal Teedi Review: What It Is:
Based on the short film written by Mukesh Sojitra, Vitthal Teedi is a character study of a man born with the talent to play cards. They say it’s in his genes because his father, grandfather, and the patriarchs before them were all masters of the game. The village is obsessed with his talent and he makes a living from it. But at the end of the day, it’s the game, and no matter how good it may have done his life, the world is looking down on him. How is he going to stand up, or will he even try to do it? Watch the show.
Vitthal Teedi review: what works:
I haven’t read the original source material, which means my analysis is strictly limited to the show and what is shown on screen. I’m not going to lie, my hopes with Vitthal Teedi were a little too high. In the end, it was the lion of an actor in his own neighborhood. If he was roaring that loud in territory he was new to, one could only imagine if he was in his comfort.
I cannot be happier that Pratik Gandhi manages to prove his courage once again. Vitthal Teedi, as I said, is a character study. To start with the writing, writer Bhargav Purohit, who is developing Mahesh’s short story, creates an indulgent character analysis. There are no external villains, nor elements to become obstacles in the life of the antagonist Vitthal (Gandhi). His father promotes his game and doesn’t really resist the benefits it brings. So what exactly is the conflict?
Conflict is self-realization. Our man here, Vitthal, is introduced to us as a boy of almost 10 years old. We meet him at a time when he loses his mother. Left with two siblings and a grieving father, he quickly understands that he must be the protector of his family. An angry decision pulls him away from school, and he finds his life stuck in cards that quickly make money. He grows with the reputation of the smartest player (read player).
The writing is so focused on Vitthal and his vision of seeing the world that at one point you see gambling as a pure profession. His love for family, his bond to his sister Vandana, his honesty and all of this is brought out through different scenes. The conflict mentioned above becomes the very realization for Vitthal Teedi that he has played his whole life for his family. But what is his identity if not that and them? And when he reaches that point, Pratik Gandhi begins to sprinkle his magic.
You don’t walk into Vitthal Teedi with expectations of a larger-than-life gaming drama. Because it isn’t. The protagonist sees it as a way to earn money and spend it on good things. He is never once shown spending it on himself. This is the time when the rupee is highly valued, and you should keep that in mind.
Gandhi wears Vitthal like someone he always has been and hid him all this time. His body language, his mannerism, his dialect, everything changes. I was skeptical if he would be able to shatter Harshad Mehta’s image so quickly, and to my amazement, he does it entirely. What I would like to cherish is his interaction with the characters related to him. His eyes speak most of the time, and it’s not an easy task to accomplish.
Brinda Trivedi, an actor I loved in Hellaro, plays Vitthal’s sister, Vandana. It is the interaction between these two that is close to my heart. Vandana brings the biggest twist to the show, and I’m not spoiling that for you. But watch out for Brinda, such a seasoned actor. Ragi Jani, who plays the father, obtains the most moving sequences and accompanies Pratik to bring essential depth to the plot. Vishal Thakkar deserves special mention for playing young Vitthal.
Abhishek Jain’s staging is faithful to the landscape in which the series takes place. He manages to bring out the best in the setting which already has talented actors. The decision to bring the lack of vanity of his characters, by keeping the sets as raw as possible, to the creation of a lived universe, he does everything he can to make it visually authentic and attractive at the same time. Tapan Vyas’ camera helps him do this a lot.
Vitthal Teedi review: what doesn’t work:
The show is a long format of a short story written around a character so layered that it suffices to highlight a short period of time. But the series is a series of 6 episodes, only Vitthal having all the courage and his immediate family, does not justify the material. For example, his friend Jagdish is a character who could be given more. Or Shraddha Dangar, who has the talent to lead a complex character around the house, should have had more.
It also indicates that Vitthal Teedi suffers at times. The ending itself is a bit of a letdown to be completely honest. You decide to leave me in the middle of a story, and you expect me to come back months later and join the dots without suspension. Isn’t that too much to ask? I’ll be back for Pratik, but is making him the only selling point a good idea? Maybe not, but I’ll definitely be watching Season 2 for clarity.
The show is almost on the verge of becoming a soap opera opera, but it gets taped every time. I wish Season 2 managed to bring more advantage to the series.
Vitthal Teedi Review: The Last Words:
Pratik Gandhi is clearly a winner here, but that’s not enough to make a successful show that succeeds in all departments. Vitthal Teedi has all the elements to become a complete package, and manufacturers must make it happen. You should give it a try because the cast won’t let you get bored for a moment.
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