'Tooth Pari: When Love Bites' - a romantic thriller with supernatural aura
A lot of content from India has recently made its way onto Netflix, gaining immense popularity, especially in the subcontinent.
Tooth Pari: When Love Bites is a supernatural romantic thriller, with many observers touting it as a more sensible version of The Twilight Saga, which has been trending in Bangladesh for the last few weeks.
The story, which revolves around modern-day Kolkata, is also, to some extent, quite reliable for Bangladeshi viewers.
The show's main protagonist is Rumi, a female vampire who belongs to a clan of vampires who have been living underground after striking a deal with Adi Deb, a descendant of the first zamindars of Kolkata.
The vampires are not allowed to come to the outside world and are forced to remain underground, a rule that Rumi doesn't abide by and occasionally comes up to taste fresh blood.
She loses one of his teeth in the process and goes to a dentist referred to as 'DocRoy' throughout the show. They fall in love later on, and the show's story shows the fallouts to sustain their unlikely romance.
The show also has villain Cutmundus, who cuts off the heads of vampires that venture out of their underground abode. Although a bit silly and goofy, the story does a fantastic job of portraying the aesthetic appeal of the Calcatian lifestyle. It portrays an idealized Kolkata, which is deeply rooted in the minds of many viewers from Bangladesh.
The show has also garnered a large fan following due to Tanya Maniktala, the actress who played the role of the female vampire Rumi. Her elegance in playing the role and her depiction of raw emotions made this seemingly goofy show with a supernatural plotline an absolute fan favourite.
The show also features several heavyweights from West Bengal's film industry, such as Saswata Chatterjee, Rajatava Dutta, and Kharaj Mukherjee.
The show is a must-watch for people willing to indulge in the supernatural, albeit fun, world of vampires with a hilarious Hindi-laced Bengali accent.
However, the show doesn't claim itself to be deep and would not be suitable for audiences willing to look for intrinsic meaning in the show.