No one saw it coming but once arrived, the COVID-19 virus impacted every body’s life – good or bad, which led to a situation for which 2020 will always be remembered. Amazon Prime’s original movie Unpaused focuses how COVID-19 lockdown affected the different section of society.
While the world was suffering from the pandemic situation, the lockdown phase in India will always go into the memory lane for the people who suffered and experienced it. Unpaused is summation of loneliness felt in Raj & DK’s beautifully crafted futuristic Gulshan and Saiyami Kher starrer Glitch, depression suffered by media entrepreneur, Devika (Richa Chadha) when her husband (Sumeet Vyas) gets involved in the me-too movement in Nikkhil Advani’s The Apartment, fun-loving interaction between a nagging senior citizen (Lilette Dubey) and a rat-phobiac movie production designer ((Rinku Rajguru) ) in Tannishtha Chatterjee directed Rat-a-Tat, uncertainty of a migrant worker (Abhishek Banerjee) due to loss of income in Avinash Arun Dhaware’s hard-hitting reality Vishaanu and finally the beautiful tale of a hope in the Nitya Mehra’s Chaand Mubarak showing the different thinking of two individuals – senior citizen (Ratna Pathak Shah) and a autoo-rickshaw driver (Shardul Bharadwaj).
As we are still praying for the vaccination to deal with COVID-19 and hope to start living a normal life, Unpaused is a refreshing tale of how people spent last few months during the lockdown phase in India. While few people dealt with it with a strong heart, few have suffered which led to depression, loneliness and pain. Unpaused successfully explores not just the life of high-esteemed people living in posh houses but even the low-section of the society who want to return back to their home due to income loss.
Among the five different stories told in Unpaused, I like Glitch (will remind you of Hollwyood flick Her), Rat-a-Tat and Chaand Mubarak which had interesting premises and keeps you engaged with their subtle story, powerful performances and tight writing. Though The Apartment and Vishaanu were fine but got swayed away by just about decent plot. Unpaused also works thanks to the stupendous performances by each and every character in five different tale of survival.
Overall, Amazon Prime’s Unpaused should be the pick of this weekend thanks to the stellar performances and electrifying screenplay which makes it an exhilarating watch !!! Excellent 3.5/5