A dream project for Alt Balaji , “It Happened in Calcutta” Web Series is a Love Story set in tragic times of 1960s and 70s in Calcutta , drawing its background from the Cholera Epidemic and the World Political Stage of that era, including the India-Pak War.
It Happened in Calcutta Alt Balaji is the story of Dr.Kusum Ganguli (Naghma Rizwan) , born as a bastard child. Her single mother raises her well as a bright young lady with a great future ahead of her. She is the first Lady MBBS Doctor of her College. Only that, she falls for a classic Casanova Dr. Ronobir Chatterjee (Karan Kundra). And suffers the biggest betrayal from him. He impregnates her and leaves for London to get married to Sujata (Simran Kaur Mundi) , on the day when they are supposed to abort the foetus.
Twist of fate brings them together again, this time, as the city of Calcutta is facing a dire Cholera Epidemic, Naxalite insurgency and the Indo-Pak War of 1971. Dr. Kusum is about to engaged to Childhood friend and emotional support Dr. Ratan, a Naxalite supporter himself. It is revealed that Ronobir , who also has a daughter with Sujata, lost her to Cholera. A changed man himself, he returns to Calcutta to help the epidemic patients. His chance run into Kusum, re-ignites the old love and the complex emotions around it. Kusum decides to leave for the War Front to serve the victims, and is captured as a Prisoner of War by Pakistan. That is when Ronobir and Ratan both decide to rescue her.
Initially scheduled to be released on Valentine’s Day 2020, the series released on 29th February, 2020 instead.
It happened in Calcutta web series download: Alt Balaji, Zee5
“कोई हमेशा तुम्हारे साथ हो। And it does not even matter. क्यूँकि Spotlight तो हमेशा किसी और पर ही रहती है” , admits Kusum to a colleague.
When the heart aches for the one you love, but the garb of false strength, mind over matter stops every inch of your being from accepting the only truth. That in true love, even betrayal from the beloved can be forgiven. Such unreasonable are the ways of the heart.
It Happened in Calcutta brings out the mileu of the 60’s Calcutta, in a rather stylish re-count of the college life of those times. It happened in Calcutta cast is well suited for their characters. Karan Kundrra as a Casanova is charming and believable. Naghma Rizwan, the petite young model turned Actress, is very comfortable in her character. And their chemistry is remarkable. The 10 episodes almost run like waves, effortlessly merging into each other. If this indeed was the dream project for Alt Balaji and Ekta Kapoor, well, it was worth the wait.
What stands out however, and binds the story together is the lilting background Music. Songs like “Sukoon Hai Hawa Mein” , “Pyar Tujhse Behisaab” and “Ekla Chalo Re” are worthy musical pieces and bring out the Romance of the lead duo.
The Screenplay of the Web Series is chosen to be divided in 9 year leap – Around the 5th Episode. The tension of the re-ignited love is brought out very well, but rather dramatically.
Overall, the web series delivers the promise it made to the viewers in It Happened in Calcutta Trailer – A quintessentially tragic love story, that ignites passion and reminisces of first love.
It Happened in Calcutta Release Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020