Rohan Sippy’s new directorial, ‘Mithya’ is a web of lies hiding the truth under its layers. As obvious from the trailer, the show revolves around two women Juhi Adhikari (Huma Qureshi) and Rhea Rajguru (Avantika Dassani) who get into a psychological combat. Even though ‘Mithya’ is an Indian adaptation of the British series ‘Cheat’, it manages to keep us tied with its brilliant performances and suspense and it won’t be wrong if I say, the show is a good example for how any adaptation should be.
The six episode long series begins with shots of Juhi and Rhea on either side of the prison’s visiting room, not making it obvious who’s behind bars. Following which the story goes into flashback and we get to know the two ladies share a guru-shishya relationship.
Juhi Adhikari is a Hindi literature professor at a university in Darjeeling whose life works on values and principles and she believes in doing everything on her own. She is trying to conceive a baby with her husband Neil Adhikari played by Parambarta Chatterjee, though everything is not well between the couple. We also see her fantasizing about one of her colleagues Vishal, played by Indraneil Sengupta. On the other hand, Rhea Rajguru, a rich spoiled brat who’s the daughter of a college trustee (Samir Soni), is one manipulative and tricky girl. All she wants is to get things done her own way by hook or crook.
When Juhi accuses Rhea Rajguru of plagiarizing an essay it sparks off an academic conflict between them initially but later goes on personal levels as well. As Rhea invades Juhi’s personal sapce by getting into an extra-marital affair with her husband and ultimately leading to his murder it brings both of them under the radar of suspicion and forms the base of the story ahead.
The show is studded with a bunch of brilliant actors who are just phenomenal in their respective roles. I absolutely loved Huma Qureshi as distressed and anxiety-driven Juhi, who’s stuck in a dissatisfied marriage and trying to get out of the shadow of her father’s name. It is one well written and well performed character, who’s the heart and sole of the web series. On top of that she looks absolutely breathtaking in those gorgeous sarees and curls.
Avantika Dassani, daughter of Bhagyashree, who makes her debut with ‘Mithya’ puts up a decent performance. She does prove a point with her portrayal of Rhea Rajguru in the series. As the episodes move ahead, you’ll understand how deep and complicated her character actually is. You know she’s wrong, but you still feel bad for her at some point.
Parambarta Chatterjee as Juhi’s husband who’s trying to strike a balance between his personal and professional life is another important character who doesn’t fail to impress. In the limited screen space he gets, he will manage to grab your attention. Coming to the supporting cast, Rajit Kapoor and Avantika Akerkar as Juhi’s parents, have lent credible support. Samir Soni, Indraneil Sengupta and Bishaka Thapa among others were satisfactory enough in their short but prominent roles.
Srisha Ray did a good job in the cinematography department to present Darjeeling’s beauty on the screen and the screenplay by Anvita Dutta and Althea Kaushal keeps you engaged throughout. It’s the background score which really lets you down and at one point you start finding it irritating.
All said and done, ‘Mithya’ is a good one time watch with its few flaws here and there if you’re someone who has been waiting for a crispy and engaging psychological thriller for a long time! With six episodes unfolding, each with a runtime of around 30-35 minutes, the show will keep you hooked on with it’s unexpected twists, turns and suspense once you get yourself invested in it.
‘Mithya’ is now streaming on Zee5.