Netflix has released the much-awaited anthology film ‘Ajeeb Daastaans’. The film consists of four shorts, one each directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, Kayoze Irani, Shashank Khaitan and Raj Mehta.
‘Ajeeb Daastaans’, as the name suggests, tells strange stories that occur in unexpected circumstances. It examines love and relationships, and how these are impacted by the society that surrounds them.
The stark stories are powered by the terrific ensemble cast.
Here’s the main cast of Ajeeb Daastaans:
Jaideep Ahlawat as Babloo, a goon-businessman from Barabanki, who finds himself stuck in a loveless marriage which was conducted for business reasons. While overtly imposing and rogue, Babloo has an unexplored corner of life which keeps him in solitude.
Fatima Sana Sheikh as Lipakshi, the stunning wife of Babloo who saw herself run into hopelessness since her marriage. She finds her share of solace in acts of promiscuity with men other than her husband.
Armaan Ralhan as Raj Kumar, the astute financier and son of Babloo’s driver. He leaves a well-paying job offer at London, to work for Babloo and manage his affairs. Raj Kumar, or Raj as he likes to call himself, has an instant impression of awe with everyone he meets. However, he is more than what meets the eye.
Nushrratt Bharuccha as Meenal, a domestic worker who sees the complexities of the world unfolding and merely laughs about it with her little sister Binny.
Inayat Verma as Binny, the smart, playful and talkative little sister who accompanies Meenal to her work.
Abhishek Banerjee as Sushil, a laundry-runner and a simpleton, who is in a love affair with Meenal. Sushil’s relationship with Meenal becomes the object of envy to the various upper class residents of the locality.
Konkona Sen Sharma as Bharti, the only female worker in the factory. Bharti holds up with great sensibility and strength. She has lived a life of terrible injustice, and has found her own ways to deal with them.
Aditi Rao Hydari as Priya Sharma, who is recruited in a high position in the factory. She bonds slowly but surely with Bharti, and share various moments of connection and intimacy. She faces conflicts between her natural lifestyle and the one she is bound to accept as a housewife.
Shefali Shah as Natasha, a conscientious woman and a highly concerned mother. She gets into arguments with her husband over his lack of interest to learn sign language to communicate with their deaf daughter. She begins to regain her confidence after encounters with newer people.
Manav Kaul as Kabir, a deaf photographer who prefers to see words unfold visually as he finds it more honest. He perceives the world through the eyes of an artist and provides Natasha with an emotional backing that she relies on.