Naamkarann review: Mahesh Bhatt’s new show is the change Indian TV needed!

Mahesh Bhatt’s Naamkarann is more a dialogue within, than outside. It’s more about a silent understanding than external conflict.

The essence of Mahesh Bhatt’s Namkarann is captured in the first dialogue mouthed by its 10-year-old protagonist Avni, in the show’s powerful opening sequence.

“Who am I?” She partly asks her mother and partly herself.

The little girl has been sitting outside her home, braving the rains, pondering on this quintessential question and bearing the pain of an external wound.

That’s Naamkarann for you. It’s more a dialogue within, than outside. It’s more about silent understanding than external conflict. Yet the little girl manages to come up with right questions at the right time, knowing fully the importance of timing and silence.

Created by Mahesh Bhatt, Namakarann revolves around the life of 10-year-old Avni (Arsheen Namdaar) who stays with a single parent–her mother Asha (Barkha Bisht). Her father Ashish Mehta (Viraf Patel) is a renowned film director, but doesn’t stay with them. She knows that theirs is not a normal family, but when somebody else (mostly her friends) says that to her, the suppressed emotions come out, often in the form of conflict with her classmates (thus the wound).

And here’s the truth (partial) of their not-so-normal family: Asha and Ashish are in relationship for eleven years, but somehow the couple is not able to tie the knot because Ashish fears that his mother (Reema Lagoo) will not accept Asha. Now on the verge of becoming a father for the second time, Ashish decides to break the news to his mother, but ultimately doesn’t. Her failing health prompts him to reconsider.