Hush Hush Review: In Prime Video’s new series ‘Hush Hush’, the gated neighbourhoods in a posh locality in Gurugram, Haryana, tell a larger story that brews behind the residents’ lavish homes, penthouse parties, and secrets that remain buried for convenience. However, amidst the pomp, vanity and overpowering situations, a friendship between four women keeps the plot going, and makes the series fascinating to watch. Another major takeaway from the show is the cast of actors, who come together to hold the series with their personalities, owning their characters.
Directed by Tanuja Chandra, Kopal Naithani and Ashish Pandey, the series, which started streaming on Prime Video on September 22, kicks off with a murder in the first episode. The seven-episode series featuring actors Juhi Chawla, Shahana Goswami, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra and Karishma K. Tanna, and Ayesha Jhulka among others, and have made a powerful impact throughout.
Hush Hush Review plot
The series is an investigative thriller about how a powerful lobbyist Ishi Sengupta (played by Juhi Chawla) dies leading to unfolding mysteries, secrets and a murder investigation. While her three closest friends are still gripped by the aftermath of their friend’s death, the murder they committed the day before is what haunts them throughout, opening a can of worms in their respective lives.
The show that surfaces a long struggle between two sisters also gives an account of their past where the older one is telling the younger sister about her first pickpocketing deed. Cut to the present world, where the plot is centred around the rich residing in the La Opulenza residential society of Gurugram. The story offers the characters multiple challenges – some of their own and some bestowed by others.
Hush Hush Review, the Performances
Juhi Chawla plays the role of Ishi, a powerful lobbyist whom people love to hate. The show itself begins with a background story of Ishi’s childhood and gives a glimpse of her struggles and her journey to what she evolved into – a high-profile corporate icon who is a part of a friend group residing in La Opulenza. Chawla’s dialogue delivery and acting ability in portraying some vulnerable moments of Ishi’s life is proof of why she is the undisputed queen of emotional performances.
The group includes Zaira, Saiba and Dolly. Shahana Goswami effortlessly plays Zaira, a wedding couture designer who is looking to open her first international store in Dubai. While Zaira seems ambitious, she often wonders about her bigger purpose in life. Soha Ali Khan plays Saiba, an ex-journalist and mother of two kids. Saiba is a cleanliness freak, a well-read woman, and great support to her husband and her friends. Kritika Kamra plays a wealthy woman who is not only in a troubled marriage but also constantly boggled down by her overpowering mother-in-law to produce an heir, a ‘grandson’ in her language. Her mother-in-law is another character, you’ll have to watch the show if you want to get both entertained and annoyed at the same time.
The first party thrown by Dolly’s in-laws is where the drama unfolds and a murder takes place that grips the four friends in a web that only gets muckier and more complex with every episode. Going by their group’s name on WhatsApp ‘four goddesses’, the group tries to solve mysteries, handle buried secrets, and manage their household issues together. Enter Geeta Tehlan, a Haryana police officer assigned to the murder case. Tanna’s presence on screen is undoubtedly one of the best takeaways from the show. Geeta is a good officer who understands the plight of the women, and at the same has solid gut instincts about the secret that is brushed under the carpet. Another great casting is in Ayesha Jhulka’s character. Jhulka, who makes her debut on OTT, offers a different angle to the plot and outshines in some of the scenes.
There are some great dialogues in the show written by Juhi Chaturvedi. Writers Shikhaa Sharma and Ashish Mehta have shaped an interesting plot involving a decent narrative on privilege leaving you stunned at some point. While the series end rests on a cliffhanger, the open and closed narrative may lead to a possibility of season two.
The most compelling part about Hush Hush is that it does justice by its all-female-led cast. It’s a good watch, at binge watch too, that is a representation of women coming together to rise above in a male-dominated society, regardless of class. Creator Tanuja Chandra, who is known for the superhit thriller Dushman, has driven to make the thriller a worthy attempt at bringing out the nuances of all performers who get to shine individually in an ensemble cast.