Kafas Review: Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi, Mikhail Gandhi’s Show Is Gripping But Triggering

This series will make you cry!
Kafas Review: Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi, Mikhail Gandhi’s Show Is Gripping But Triggering
hauterrfly Rating: 4.5 / 5

Trigger Warning: Kafas starring Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi, Mikhail Gandhi, Vivan Bhathena, Mona Vasu, Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat, Zarina Wahab, and Preeti Jhangiani revolves around child sex abuse and suicide. Directed by Sahil Sangha and produced by Applause Entertainment and Madiba Entertainment, this social drama released on SonyLIV on June 23. And mind you, it’s not a light watch. Read on to know my review of this six-episodic series that managed to make a lot of noise despite not giving out anything in the teaser.

The Story Of Kafas

Set in the backdrop of Mumbai, Kafas follows the story of a middle-class family as their son gets a chance to rise to fame and build his career but an incident gives them a harsh reality check. As the family goes on to navigate through this moral crisis they learn how morality, power, money and fame works. They also find out the price one has to pay for making the wrong choice as their mistake throws them into a world of power, money, pain, trauma and complex human emotions. More importantly, it deals with the trauma of child sex abuse and explores the dark reality of how it affects a family.

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Cast And Characters

Mona Singh as Seema Vashisht: We have seen Mona Singh play complex roles before and we’ve known her to be a nuanced actor and the actress has proved her mettle yet again in this role.

 

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Sharman Joshi as Raghav Vashisht: We have missed watching Sharman Joshi on our screens and the actor is back to flaunt his skilful acting skill. Sharman Joshi plays Raghav with honesty and makes you feel his pain as he tries to navigate the situation while battling the matter of morality.

 

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Mikhail Gandhi as Sunny/Shaurya Vashisht: This child artist is a chota packet bada dhamaka. Mikhail has aced his role and delivered an impactful performance. He breathed life into Sunny, his pain, trauma and agony.

 

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Vivan Bhathena as Vikram Bajaj: Vivan Bhatena seems to be in his villain era as he picks negative roles and despite his limited screen time, the actor makes his presence felt when he appears on the screen.

Preeti Jhangiani as Tanya Bajaj: NGL but Preeti Jhangiani’s character brings nothing to the table. While the actress has done her bit, the makers haven’t. We really wouldn’t have noticed if Tanya Bajaj wasn’t a character in the series.

Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat as Shreya Vashisht: Tejasvi seems to have eased into her character and plays it with honesty and sincerity. She aces her role as a bubbly girl as well as that of a sister on a mission.

Mona Vasu as Meghna: Meghna is another half-baked character that lacks depth and purpose in the show except in episodes 4 and 5 where her character helps showcase the complexity of human emotions and nature which did nothing to further the main plot.

Zarina Wahab as Neelima: The veteran actor is known for her acting skills but sadly the writers did not develop or focus on her character. Apart from very little screen time, her character hardly holds any significance.

Mukesh Chhabra as Irfan Akhtar: The man who can cast, sure can act well too! Mukesh Chhabra put his acting skills on full display despite his limited screen time.

 

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Jyoti Gauba, Geetanjali Mishra, Araham Sawant and Ethan Manjani play their roles well as the supporting cast. Every single actor has given their 100% and delivered a kickass performance.

Verdict: Defined By Impactful Performances, Kafas Speaks Loudly About Child Sex Abuse

Starring Mona Singh, Sharman Joshi, Mikhail Gandhi, Vivan Bhathena, Mona Vasu, Tejasvi Singh Ahlawat, Zarina Wahab, and Preeti Jhangiani, Kafas is a hard-hitting show that will break your heart and trigger you till you end up in tears. This isn’t a light watch or for those with weak hearts. The series follows the life of a child actor who is sexually abused and how the family deals with the incident and trauma in the most human way not humane.

The makers have dealt with the theme in the most sensitive manner which is rather commendable. They have explored the issue without straying after from the harsh realities, grey areas, wrong choices and complexities of human emotions and relationships. It carefully explores the premise but it doesn’t mean that it’s not triggering. Every single episode will trigger you if you’re a CSA survivor or an empath for that matter.

 

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Kafas also showcases the family drama as the Vashisht family deals with the crisis at hand and start breaking under pressure. Sunny isn’t someone who acts the way one would expect a CSA survivor would and Raghav and Seema are not your ideal parents. Mona Singh and Sharman Joshi carefully switch between their shades of white and grey. Mikhail Gandhi seemed to have eased into his character which is rather uncomfortable and edgy and he makes you feel for him, feel with him as he tries to explore and understand his own trauma on his own. But what keeps you hooked is the fact that no one knows what’s going to happen next! The show keeps you guessing as you sit on the edge of your seat wondering if anyone will speak up and seek justice for the kid.

The makers did not shy away from showing Raghav and Seema as flawed parents, flawed people and Sunny as a flawed CSA survivor. He’s not your cliché victim who stays in bed all day (he does it every now and then) and cries to show his agony. He’s the victim we don’t talk about. He’s the CSA survivor who has mental battles to win and a career to build as he tries to come to terms with his reality while dealing with peer pressure. Raghav and Seema are not just flawed parents but also flawed people. They aren’t your cliché selfless parents, they’re selfish, they make mistakes and they own their mistakes.

 

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It’s no surprise that I felt bold and rated Kafas 4.5 out of 5 stars. The reason?  It’s almost perfect. The series explores the premise with sensitivity to the point that it is heart-wrenching. The actors have delivered impactful performances but it’s tough to ignore that the show comes with a lack of trigger warning for something that is so triggering. In certain places, the show moves away from the main plot to a subplot that, honestly, goes nowhere later.

For example, Raghav cheats on Seema with Meghna but why? I get that it’s about complex human emotions but seriously? Can we focus on the real issue and show the complexities there? With the subplots that go nowhere, the show beats around the bush and slows down in between but picks up pace again. However, there is one more thing that triggered me – FFS, WHY WOULDN’T PARENTS WITH SO MUCH MONEY (that their son earned) PUT THEIR TRAUMATISED SON IN THERAPY? Like they don’t mind spending money on buying an expensive car but therapy is too expensive, is it?

FYI, Kafas is currently streaming on the OTT platform SonyLIV.

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