Review: Confused narrative impedes Netflix scare series ‘Typewriter’

‘Typewriter’ centers on a family in a seemingly haunted house. (Supplied)
Updated 11 July 2019

Review: Confused narrative impedes Netflix scare series ‘Typewriter’

CHENNAI: At first glance the five-episode Netflix mystery drama, “Typewriter,” resembles one of British author Enid Blyton’s adventure series — “The Five Find-Outers,” set in fictional Peterswood, and “The Famous Five” that unfolds in the remote English countryside.

“Typewriter” is also set in a desolate place, the sprawling, uninhabited and ghostly Bardez Villa, in Goa, India.

Director Sujoy Ghosh – a specialist in thrillers such as “Kahaani” (1 and 2), “Badla” and “Te3n” – gets his moorings and beginning right by offering snapshots of the house in dim lighting with four children and their pet dog, Buddy, wondering how to net the ghost which haunts Bardez.

The picture gets murkier and things begin to spin out of control when a family of four occupy the villa.

Peter Fernandez (Sameer Kochhar) has just got a job in Goa, and he and his wife, Jenny (Palomi Ghosh), decide to stay in the villa that was owned by her grandfather Madhav Mathews (Kanwaljit Singh), a novelist specializing in supernatural stories (the most famous being “The Ghost of Sultanpur”) — blissfully unaware that the property is haunted.

The prime protagonist in the web series is, believe it or not, a rickety old typewriter that Mathews used to churn out his frightening figments of imagination, which still stands in what was once his study.

But as the typewriter keys begin to clatter by themselves in the middle of the night, the plot starts to pan across generations and towns, turning the four children, Sameera Anand (Aarna Sharma), Bunty (Palash Kamble), Gablu (Mikhail Gandhi) and Nick (Aaryansh Malviya) into wannabe sleuths.

Sameera’s policeman father, Ravi (Purab Kohli), also steps into this bewildering scheme of things.

Although the core idea is engaging with the eeriness of the visuals getting pulse rates pounding, director Ghosh’s writing is often patchy and convoluted, and he appears unclear as to whether “Typewriter” is a saga for children or adults.

Average performances, with the exception of Palomi Ghosh, who does a splendid job as a woman dangling between a scary past and a happy present, do not help a thriller that could have been much better.


Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

Updated 03 August 2020

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra considers role in Arabic films

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas revealed in an interview with Africa News this week that she would “love to” star in Arabic films.

“I just don’t speak the language,” said Chopra Jonas. “I think that I would love to be a part of the film industry anywhere. I love my job and I would learn a new language if I have to.”

The 38-year-old producer, who has a couple of Hollywood flicks under her belt, said she is working on an unscripted series with her husband, the American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas.

“I am developing a show with my husband which is for Amazon. It is based on the Indian tradition of sangeet (a music-filled pre-marriage ceremony),” she said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She is also working on a new series for Amazon, produced by the Russo brothers, and a “buddy comedy” with actress Mindy Kaling.

The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and the former Miss World has been using her social media platforms over the past few months to raise awareness about the coronavirus pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Chopra Jonas, who started her career 20 years ago, has hosted an Instagram session with doctors and experts from the World Health Organization who answered frequently asked questions about the virus.