The Fame Game (TV series)

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The Fame Game
GenreDrama
Mystery
Thriller
Created bySri Rao
Directed byBejoy Nambiar
Karishma Kohli
Starring
ComposersSong :
Salim-Sulaiman
Country of originIndia
Original languagesHindi
Marathi
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producersKaran Johar
Sri Rao
ProducersKaran Johar
Somen Mishra
CinematographyManoj Kumar Khatoi
EditorMonisha R. Baldawa
Running time45-50 minutes
Production companyDharmatic Entertainment
Original release
NetworkNetflix
Release25 February 2022 (2022-02-25)

The Fame Game is an Indian mystery family drama streaming television series on Netflix created by Sri Rao and directed by Bejoy Nambiar and Karishma Kohli. Produced by Karan Johar and Somen Mishra under the banner Dharmatic Entertainment, the series stars Madhuri Dixit as Anamika Anand, a famous Bollywood actress, with Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Suhasini Mulay, Lakshvir Saran and Muskkaan Jaferi in pivotal supporting roles.[1]

The series revolves around a Bollywood actress named Anamika Anand who suddenly goes missing one day. It premiered on Netflix on 25 February 2022.

Premise[edit]

Anamika Anand is a Bollywood star who has a glamorous career and a seemingly idyllic family - but there is more to her personal life than meets the eye. She is physically and verbally abused by her husband, Nikhil More. While her daughter Amara aspires to be a great star like her mother, highlighting nepotism in the current Bollywood industry, her son Avi has his own issues to face including his sexuality. Additionally, Anamika’s mother consistently berates her and other members of the family and uses manipulative techniques to achieve her goals. Her only solace is Manish Khanna, her frequent co-star and past lover. Anamika's sudden disappearance puts her personal life in the limelight and thus begins the quest to find her and the person behind her disappearance, which leads to the unveiling of many dark secrets.

Cast[edit]

  • Madhuri Dixit as Anamika Anand/Vijju Joshi, Nikhil's wife, Avinash and Amara's mother.[2]
  • Sanjay Kapoor as Nikhil More, Anamika's husband, and Amara' and Avinash's father.
  • Manav Kaul as Manish Khanna, Anamika's co-star and lover.[3]
  • Suhasini Mulay as Kalyani Anand, Anamika's mother.
  • Rajshri Deshpande as Shobha Trivedi, Police officer investigating Anamika's case.
  • Lakshvir Saran as Avinash (Avi), Anamika’s son.
  • Muskkaan Jaferi as Amara, Anamika and Nikhil's daughter, Madhav's girlfriend.
  • Gagan Arora as Madhav, Amara's boyfriend, Anamika's obsessed fan.
  • Danish Sood as Samar, Avinash's boyfriend.
  • Kashyap Shangari as Billy, Anamika's makeup artist.
  • Shubhangi Latkar as Lata, the housekeeper
  • Makarand Deshpande as Harilal, the movie poster painter.
  • Ayesha Kaduskar as Tabitha Khanna, Manish Khanna and Sneha's daughter
  • Harpreet Vir Singh as Financer PK Sharma
  • Sanjay Dutt as cameo appearance from Kalank, when Amara tries to re-enact Anamika's role in the movie.

Soundtrack[edit]

The Fame Game (Music from the Netflix Series)
Soundtrack album by
Released25 February 2022[4]
Recorded2021
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length2:59
LanguageHindi
LabelMaisi Music Publishing
External audio
audio icon Official Video Song on YouTube

The official song video "Dupatta Mera" focuses on the dance performance of Madhuri Dixit, while the promotional video also features Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Ishaan Khatter, Riteish Deshmukh, Jackie Shroff and Johnny Lever.

All music is composed by Salim-Sulaiman

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Dupatta Mera"Shraddha PanditSunidhi Chauhan, Additional Vocal by Raj Pandit2:59
Total length:2:59

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Announced in May 2020 with the title Finding Anamika,[5] the show was eventually renamed as The Fame Game.

Release[edit]

The series consisting of eight episodes premiered on Netflix on 25 February 2022.

Casting[edit]

Madhuri Dixit was cast in the titular role, and was joined by Sanjay Kapoor and Manav Kaul as the leads. The cast also included Lakshvir Saran and Muskkaan Jaferi as Madhuri’s character’s children.

Reception[edit]

The Fame Game received positive reviews from critics. India TV gave the series 3.5 stars out of five and wrote "Dixit and the ensemble cast delivers pitch-perfect family drama". It further added "The Fame Game on Netflix takes the dysfunctional family trope and packs it with suspense and drama, making it an enjoyable and binge-worthy series."[6] Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave the series 3.5 stars and wrote "What The Fame Game showcases is the depth and marvels of Dixit as she switches between star and human, mother and woman."[7]

Koimoi gave the series 3 stars and wrote "Dixit convincingly becomes a mystery dressed in uncertain layers playing an extension to her real self." The review further praised the writer Sri Rao's script by calling it "impeccable, perfect and idealistic".[8] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV too gave it 3 stars and summarized his review of the series as "The Incandescence Of Madhuri Dixit - Dive Right In". He praised Dixit's performance by saying "Dixit gets into the skin of the protagonist with such dazzling panache that the line separating the character from the performer is frequently breached."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Madhuri Dixit makes OTT debut with 'The Fame Game'". BusinessToday. 25 February 2022. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  2. ^ "madhuri on her role of anamika". 28 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Manav Kaul graces the kapil sharma show for promoting the fame game". 16 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  4. ^ "The Fame Game (Music from the Netflix Series)". Spotify. 7 April 2022. Archived from the original on 8 April 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Madhuri Dixit's debut web series Finding Anamika gets a new title". the Indian Express. 27 January 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  6. ^ "The Fame Game Review: Madhuri Dixit, Sanjay Kapoor and ensemble deliver pitch-perfect family drama". Archived from the original on 27 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  7. ^ "The Fame Game Review". Archived from the original on 10 April 2023. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  8. ^ "The Fame Game Review: Madhuri Dixit Nene Convincingly Becomes A Mystery Dressed In Uncertain Layers Playing An Extension To Her Real Self". 25 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  9. ^ "The Fame Game Review". Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.

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