CONTINUING our spotlight on brilliant women all this month and in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 (see our website), Natalie Barrass, our chief online reviewer, looks at ‘The Fame Game’.
It stars none other than 1990s Bollywood legend, Madhuri Dixit or Madhuri Dixit Nene, as she is known now since her marriage to US-based doctor, Dr Shiram Nene in 1999 and relocating there for a time.
Her last major screen appearance prior to this was in the film, ‘Kalank’ in 2019 and she has lived in India with her family since 2011 but has not been as prolific on screen as she was in her prime in the 1990s and 2000s – culminating in her appearance in Indian auteur’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent ‘Devdas’ in 2002. Dixit Nene was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award, a Padma Shri in 2008, for her work in films.
One of her co-stars in ‘The Fame Game’ is another woman, very much seen as a rising star, Rajshri Deshpande who acv really noticed in the recent indie film, ‘Nirvana Inn’ with star Adil Hussain which screened at last year’s UK Asian Film Festival. She plays the policewomen tasked with solving the mystery in ‘The Fame Game‘. Some UK South Asian film buffs will also know her from ‘Sexy Durga/S Durga’, which screened at the London Indian Film Festival in 2018.
‘The Fame Game’ revolves around Anamika Anand – an actor not dissimilar in some ways to the real Dixit Nene.
One day she just goes missing and the eight episodes revolve around this essential mystery.
It dropped on Netflix last Friday (February 25) and is garnering a lot of love and praise.
Produced by Dharmatic Entertainment (Karan Johar) and Showrunner Sri Rao, it has three directors: Bijoy Nambiar, Karishma Kohli and Sri Rao and five listed writers: Shreya Bhattacharaya; Akshat Ghildial; Sri Rao; Amita Vyas and Nisha Mehta.
What did our Nat make of it all?
The show elicited this response from another brilliant woman, Lilly Singh, who first made her name making Youtube videos and spoke to www.asianculturevulture.com just before meeting her idol Madhuri Dixit in Mumbai – you can see that news story here (do look at the date!)
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