Ardh premiered on Zee5 and marks the debut of gorgeous TV actress Rubina Dilaik.
Ardh tells the story of a struggling actor, Shiva Kumar (Rajpal Yadav), who does odd jobs to meet the ends. Even though he fails to break the ice, he lives his passion of being an actor by transforming into a transgender "Parvati", who mints money at the traffic signals.
Directed by Palash Mucchal, Ardh has right intentions and right message in place which, unfortunately, gets lost in execution. Palash has brought in diverse story of a struggling actor in Mumbai, right from facing backlash of being short-heighted, racial discrimination or even being the subject of nepotism which you will be able to relate. He also showed the harsh fact for many aspirants who come to Mumbai every day to become a superstar but all that glitters is not gold and this is where you need to realize of how to survive and meet your ends meet, especially when you have a family to feed.
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While the direction and effort is shown in Ardh, it is screenplay and unnecessary use of song spoils the momentum otherwise which could have a fantastic tale of pursuing dreams. What works is the solid performances by Rajpal Yadav and Rubina Dilaik who steals the show with their simplicity.
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Rajpal Yadav has been in movie industry for quite some time and has never failed to entertain the audience, be it in a comic role like Chup Chup Ke or emotional drama role like Main, Meri Patni Aur Woh. Ardh is yet challenging role for the talented actor as he plays two characters - Shiva and Parvati, and he does it with aplomb. Rubina Dilaik shines in her debut as she gets the right expression with perfect timing. Hiten Tejwani does well in his part.
Overall, Ardh was saved by good performances by the star cast who makes the story of dream a pleasant watch.