Directed by: Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Mojaz Singh
Cast: Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari, Vishal Jethwa, Ram Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Aditya Srivastava, Mohan Agashe, Indranil Sengupta
The dependence of human life on medical care is nothing new and with the severe pandemic, we have become dependent on drugs like air. But what if the same thing that promises us a cure takes us to the door of death? Disney+ Hotstar’s latest offering Human answers that question, and more, in ten episodes.
The series stars two strong-headed, aspiring doctors, Gauri Nath (Shefali Shah) and Saira Sabarwal (Kirti Kulhari), in what begins as a story dealing with illegal drug tests on an underprivileged section of society.
Mangu, a young boy, agrees to bring his parents as volunteers for a drug-testing campaign in the hope that the money coming in will help lift them out of poverty. When her mother falls ill, her investigation, coupled with the intervention of an NGO group, draws her closer to a more complex web of lies.
On the other hand, Surgeon Saira joins the hospital with Gauri’s recommendation and her search for the truth is another major crux of the show.
On the surface, it’s a tale of the politics that goes behind unethical drug testing and its effects on humans, but the show creators haven’t forgotten that physical appearance isn’t the only aspect of being human. That is to say, you need a working mind.
This special treatment of the show is a reminder to viewers that often when focusing on physical health, we tend to neglect our mental health and forget that mind and body complement each other in what makes us whole. Man makes.
But this is not a show that preaches the importance of mental health.
Beneath flexing political power, controlling each other, and investigating these crimes, is a story that deals with how much power we give to control our lives. It’s about finding the secret to being human.
However, drug testing is not the only conflict in this chain. To be able to undo his trauma, Dr. Gauri conducts a different experiment on ten girls, where they are injected with a drug that makes them laugh all the time. Each episode uncovers new trauma and the actors through their strong screen presence and performances convey that experience to the audience.
Those who have seen Shah in his previous ventures (Delhi Crime, Ajeeb Dastaan) know what the actress is capable of. In human, she transcends that level and sets a high standard for herself. In scenes where she’s not delivering fatal lines in her silent voice, she sends a shrunken spine with her gaze. He is the mastermind of the scene he is in and in his absence, the audience worries about what the mastermind is doing.
Kulhari is also worth seeing. Gauri and Saira are not really the quintessential avatars of good and bad. They are scattered between the two extremes of white and black and the only thing separating them is what they do with their personal trauma.
Another actor who made him noticeable in an ensemble cast that includes notable names like Shah, Kulhari, Indranil Sengupta, Ram Kapoor and Seema Biswas is Vishal Jethwa. His raw energy and ability to portray the weaknesses of a beaten up person makes us want to see him more on screen.
The show gets another cookie to treat its queer angle wisely and shows us a man through Indranil Sengupta (Neil) who handles the situation with great respect when his wife confronts him as a homosexual. Is. it happens. However, there are instances in the show where the pace seemed slow, the twists were predictable, and the resolution of conflicts didn’t go bang, but it won’t make you look away from your screen.
Human, directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Moosa Singh, is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.