Amazon Prime Video has unveiled a new comedy-drama series called Rasbhari, starring Swara Bhasker in the lead. Created by Tanveer Bookwala and Shantanu Srivastava, Rasbhari is a part coming-of-age story of a boy who falls for his teacher (Bhasker) and part social drama about the witch hunt of the teacher’s supposed “sex-obsessed” alter ego: Rasbhari. The series is already available on Amazon, having launched without any fanfare. Here is the entire review for you.
Star Cast: Swara Bhasker, Ayushmaan Saxena, Rashmi Agdekar, Chittaranjan Tripathy, Neelu Kohli, Pradhuman Singh Mall, Sunakshi Grover, Manju Sharma
Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Amazon Prime’s Rasbhari Review
The story begins in Uttar Pradesh. Meerut has a new English teacher named Shanu Bansal, who is happily married to her husband Naveen (Pradhuman Singh). All the boys in the school are awestruck by Shanu’s beauty, especially one boy in particular. Nand, who has been chasing the teenage fantasy of losing his virginity ASAP, suddenly becomes obsessed with Shanu and decides to pursue her. From paying people to stalk Shanu and keep tabs on her visitors to getting personally tutored just so he can get that ‘personal’ time, Nand’s desperation knows no bounds.
Rasbhari does not go beyond the hot teacher trope, but it does manage to cleverly play around with it. Swara Bhasker’s Shanu/Rasbhari is a commentary on society’s inherently prurient nature and all our desperate, hypocritical attempts at trying to suppress it. In a way, Swara’s character is a metaphor for how sexually repressed Indians are. Shanu/Rasbhari is forced to become a local sex symbol against her will; she has no say in the situation. Her narrative is manipulated by pretty much everyone around her. Yet she’s the one blamed for everything.
Rasbhari has its sophisticated utilisation of the hot teacher trope to make several sensible points without sacrificing on the playfulness of the plot. However, in the latter half of the show, the creators seem to take an unexpected turn by trying to humanise Rasbhari. In a nutshell, Rasbhari is worth watching if you do not have anything to binge watch.