The Coronavirus pandemic led to a spurt in web content. What in the initial days of Covid 19 began as a more-or-less sensible form of sit-at-home entertainment now appears to have slipped into a race for one-upmanship. And much like the umpteen number of streaming platforms that indulge in cut-throat competition with one another for higher TRP, callously ignoring novelty and substance, Tamil director Venkat Prabhu’s first foray into a web series with Live Telecast – just out on Disney+Hotstar – hits precisely on this in a seven-episode story of how a channel in its bid to out-beat others, stoops to the most unethical of means.
Titled Dark Tales, the TV show revolves around a team, led by Jenifer Matthew (Kajal Aggarwal), which invites men and women who have experienced paranormal events. But Matthew invariably twists the climax in every tale to make it scarier and tragic! In a world that is fighting irrationality, blind belief and superstition, she promotes these very concepts in her programme and makes them appear real.