Die Trying review: This Kenny Sebastian ‘Brohemian Rhapsody’ is enjoyable in parts

And right after scenes like these, the makers try to subvert this very cliche by turning the situation in the most unexpected way possible or ending the sequence with funny one-liners. 2018-02-18T21:06:35+00:00″>
Updated: February 18, 2018 9:06 pm

Kenny Sebastian’s Die Trying has been set in Bangalore circa 2004. It doesn’t tie up together. But most of the other supporting characters in the series have nothing much to do and end up being stereotypical projections of the characters they are based on. To add to that, one can’t understand the point of Kanan Gill’s cameo at all. Ajji played by Vasudha Puranik is a delight to watch but has no more significance than swaying to the beats of Rohan and Kenneth’s songs or magically solving Rohan’s problems. Top News
Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL owners complain of overheating and poor battery lifeFacebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticismEssential Phone 'Halo Gray' colour option launched with Amazon Alexa built-inIndian stand-up comedy’s ‘good guy’ Kenny Sebastian has come up with a new web series titled Die Trying and no, it’s not an out-and-out comedy. But considering the kind of Indian content that is available for the audience on streaming giants like Amazon, Hotstar and ALTBalaji, Die Trying isn’t a particularly bad show. Similarly, with the fraudulent and pretentiously spiritual music guru Steve Clay (Zachary Coffin). Like in one of the episodes, Kenny asks a girl if he can buy her a drink and pat comes her reply that the bar has a ladies night. How slackers like Kenneth and Rohan, who only have each other to call their friends, do not give up on their big-time dreams. Die Trying is not the kind of web series that would be on the top of my recommendations list or I would approve paying for but on a lazy afternoon when I have nothing else to do, I wouldn’t mind binge-watching on it either. The cameo by Naveen Richards (despite his forlorn wig) is entertaining, so is Sumukhi Suresh’s. Jason, played by Adarsh Gourav Bhagavatula, is by far the most amusing character on the show. Like the conversation between Rohan and Prakriti (Niharika Lyra Dutt) where they are both saying the same thing, that they just want to hang out, but still are not on the same page, clicks with the audiences. While this forms the basic premise of the show, Die Trying fails to offer anything as intriguing that would make you click the next episode icon. We live in times when the audiences are ready to devote their time to shows which don’t even have a tangible storyline. Despite all of that, one can’t deny that like most of Kenny’s stand-ups, Die Trying tries to explore the nuances of the most middle-class and everyday problems. While Kenny is all kinds of likable in his virtuous act, there is nothing new that he is able to bring to the table. Vidyuth does a passable job at playing Rohan but again he isn’t as nuanced a character as it could have been. The comic sequences that are there, are genuinely funny, especially the ‘lime-soda’ conversations between the waiter and Rohan. To be fair, Die Trying has its share of remarkable moments. And while that is not a bad thing at all, Die Trying has a material narrative, it just isn’t as thought-provoking or interesting. Richards and Urooj Ashfaq have done a fine job at the dialogues, they seem genuine, rooted in reality and un-dialogue like. But there is nothing all too impressive about it either. Directed by Kuzema Haveliwala, Die Trying is the story of two aspiring musicians in a band and their struggles at making it big in the music industry. His dialogue delivery is natural and he attaches a certain kind of authenticity to everything he does. Talking of the cliches, Die Trying also has its fair share of done-to-death situations like the whole contract gone wrong thing with Steve or Jason’s dramatic speech after he messes everything up among others. The narrative isn’t captivating enough, the character arcs have not been explored properly and the comic punches are far too less coming from minds such as Kenny, Rohan Desai, and Naveen Richards. When most of the online content focuses on lives in Delhi or Mumbai, the 2004 Bangalore setting also adds a certain level of novelty to the show. Jason’s mafia dad and Soundarya’s (Soundarya Jayachandran) character are also particularly one-dimensional in that regard. While this appears to be a novel attempt at first, it gets repetitive and boring till the time you are done with the seven episodes. Die Trying also almost successfully attempts to present a fresh and realistic look at the subtle nuances of a relationship in the Indian setting. Die Trying has been set in Bangalore circa 2004. I think Die Trying would have been better without the entire recording sequence with him. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd But the problem still remains with the plot. His character has also been sketched far too neatly than the others. A bold move on the part of Kenny, but backed by a weak narrative and thinly sketched characters, this Kenny Sebastian show fails to deliver its point successfully. Kenny plays himself milking his usual middle class, good boy image while Vidyuth Gargi who plays Rohan attempts the ‘modern angry young man’ act who has a hard time expressing his feelings to everyone.