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Alo Chhaya Bangla Show- ZEE5

Principal Cast: Hiya Dey, Smriti Singh, Debadrita Basu, Oindrilla Bose, Arnab Banerjee, Kushal Chakraborty, Bidipta Chakraborty 

Director: Pijyushkanti Ghosh

Genre: Social Drama

OTT Platform: ZEE5


In this lockdown, as I am exploring different flavors of art and drama, while searching for some classic viewing material, I came across an interesting series “Alo Chhaya” a Bangla show streaming at ZEE5. My mother has her roots from Bengal and we occasionally bump into some Bangla movie and series to just help her reconnect with her regional memories, and we ended up watching this Bengali drama.

And I was also happy to learn that we can have access to the entire ZEE5 content library on 5 different screens at the same time, which is great.

Alo Chhaya narrates the bond of two little girls, who are distinct yet deeply connected. Alo means light and Chhaya means the shadow and that’s how exactly their relationship becomes with the events of life.

Alo’s character represents an orphan child who comes to stay with her uncle and aunt and that’s where she meets her cousin sister Chhaya. Chhaya is a fun-loving, cheerful, and emotional person and as they start to bond together she becomes dependent on Alo for many things.

Alo on the other hand is a sensible, intelligent, and very sincere girl, whose life is filled with light but gets shadowed by one small decision of living the identity of her cousin, Chhaya. She becomes the torch-bearer for Chhaya. Alo performs exceptionally well in her academics, whereas Chhaya is not able to connect with her academics and wants to enjoy doing other things.

The plot takes a steep turn when Chhaya’s father urges Alo to pursue studies on her behalf and bring laurels at home. As an obliged child, she becomes the happy face of Chhaya and passes on all her achievements to her. As she allows her to enjoy all her hard-earned fruits, she had to step back on various occasions when it came to recognizing her efforts. Two girls, two different personalities, will growing-up under Chhaya’s shadow come at a cost for Alo?

Alo Chhaya Image Source: ZEE5

Alo Chhaya is a drama series consisting of 216 episodes and it could resonate with many household arrangements. The story holds its own beauty of depicting the strong and protective bond of two girls in their life. It also depicts a mirror of society, how education has become a commodity of privileged, and how it’s absence causes parents to take certain steps.

It shows how parent’s actions lays the strong foundation is a child’s development, whether the road is easy or tough ahead but when a child is not given the freedom to explore , he might get lost in between. When a child is not given due credits of his efforts he might never taste how real contentment feels like.

The makers of the series have put their best effort into putting up content that addresses a lot of real-life drama. Selfish parenting to societal pressure, to an urge of a better life in their own zone, it sums up all.

These reviews are a part of my small attempt to promote regional content or any content which can get noticed by its right audience because the audience could be anywhere 🙂 #EntertainmentUnlocked

Also read: Ghoomketu Movie Review- ZEE5

Watch the series to understand how societal norms control our thoughts and actions. How educations are important and how parenting brings its own set of challenges. Lastly, watch it for Alo who consumes all the darkness yet shines brighter with her charm. Watch the strong and caring bond between Alo and Chhaya, complete story on ZEE5 now.

Thank you

Priyanka Nair

Ghoomketu Movie Review- ZEE5

Principal Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anurag Kashyap, Ragubir Yadav, Ragini Khanna, Ila Arun, Swanand Kirkire, Deepika Amin

Director: Pushpendra Nath Mishra

OTT Platform: ZEE5


Writing is something that is close to my heart. I know the pain and struggle behind every word a writer weaves through his writing. That’s why, when I heard of Ghoomketu, comedy-drama, where the central plot revolves around a small-town writer enamored by the filmy Duniya, I was eager to see the movie. Thanks to ZEE5, it finally found a release platform.

In Ghoomketu, directed by Pushpendra Nath Mishra, we see a whimsical light-hearted coming of age journey of the lead character who runs away from home to struggle for his Bollywood dream of becoming a sought after writer.

The plot takes a goofy turn when his missing report falls in the lap of a corrupt cop played by Kashyap is given one month to find him without even a single photo. Will the cop succeed or will he be transferred is for you to discover in the movie.

Right from the first metaphorical scene establishing the importance of writers in crafting epic stories, the tone is satirical here. The pain, the dejection and the trials of writers trying to find their feet in the filmy world are akin to losing yourself in a mela yet the world of Ghoomketu is gleeful.

Our hero finds joy in the little things that his struggle brings is reflected in the scene where he is scrubbing his feet with stone or quipping over his cutting chai with Bun Maska.

The story has a non-linear format going back and forth between life in his home town Mauna and his life in Mumbai. His scenes with his endearing Santo bua played by a terrific Ila Arun stand out. Watch out for the scene where she is praying in the temple or her interaction with Ghoomketu where she is listening to his story trying to encourage him irrespective of the fact that she didn’t find his idea interesting. She is given an unusual burp which she pulls off with elan.

Just like her, Ghoomketu’s family members have eccentric shades. From a father who is ready to burst out with anger at the drop of a hat played by veteran Raghubir Yadav to a Devdas Chacha played by Swanand kirkire, the small-town milieu is captured with an unusual quirk.

Final words:

Watch the movie Ghoomketu for the actors and watch it if you want to feel the struggle one goes through to make his mark in a city of dreams, Mumbai. In this time of the global pandemic, Ghoomketu makes its entry on an OTT platform, so does our Ghoomketu played by an earnest Nawaazudin Sidiqqui leave a bright trail or fizzle out forms the basic premise of this story? Watch out to find out ☺

Thank you

Priyanka Nair