Showtime Part 1 Review: Emraan Hashmi, Mahima Makwana, And Rajiv Khandelwal Impress In This Gripping Series

Showtime is finally streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. Based on the dark side of Bollywood, Showtime stars Mahima Makwana, Emraan Hashmi, Rajeev Khandelwal, Mouni Roy, Naseeruddin Shah, and Shriya Saran. Sumit Roy directs the series, and the producer is Karan Johar. He produces it under the Dharmatic Entertainment banner. The initial four episodes premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on March 8.


Showtime Series Story


Showtime explores the inner workings and power dynamics within Bollywood, touching upon the ongoing debate surrounding nepotism. The narrative revolves around Raghu Khanna, played by Emraan Hashmi. He also portrays the son of a popular producer portrayed by Naseeruddin Shah, thus inheriting the family studio called Viktory Studio.

Emraan Hashmi Showtime

Additionally, Raghu aims to produce commercial Bollywood hits that generate significant revenue. However, his vision faces opposition from journalist Mahika Nandy. Being a powerful man, Raghu Khanna makes her expelled from her job. Soon, the tables turn, and with a shocking twist, Mahika Nandy is now the head of Viktory Studio. Rajeev Khandelwal portrays the role of a star, Armaan Singh. The series also portrays Mouni Roy as an actress facing various challenges in her career journey. In the face-off between Raghu Khanna and Mahika Nandy, who will emerge victorious?


Showtime Part 1 Series Review

Rajeev Khandelwal Showtime

Karan Johar has been a central figure in the ongoing discourse surrounding nepotism. He has also been labeled as the flagbearer of the concept, even on his own talk show, which garnered criticism. Therefore, this web series similarly delves into the nepotism debate. It also features a diverse cast, including TV heartthrob Rajeev Khandelwal and cinema’s well-known actor Emraan Hashmi.

Mahima Makwana Showtime

Mahima Makwana and Emraan Hashmi are the soul of Showtime. The story revolves around their characters, Mahika Nandy and Raghu Khanna. Mahima played her role with utmost perfection. It is Mahima Makwana’s most significant role to date. She shines with her performance. Emraan impresses in the series, and his witty one-liners are enjoyable. He is in superb form as Raghu Khanna. Rajeev Khandelwal effortlessly embodies the role of a self-absorbed superstar. Vijay Raaz does not have much to do in Part 1. Mouni Roy, as an aspiring actor, impeccably portrays her character. She is underutilized in Part 1, and we will see more of her in Part 2. Shriya Saran, Rajeev Khandelwal’s wife, also has a limited appearance in Part 1.

Mouni Roy Showtime

Meanwhile, Naseeruddin Shah adds another layer of brilliance to the show with his impeccable portrayal. His role is limited to episode 1. Many actors and filmmakers will appear in small cameos. Fans can anticipate exceptional performances from the entire cast, showcasing various facets of the industry, including its glamor, glitz, drama, and underlying emotional journey. The narrative and direction of the series are also deserving of praise. Part 1 ends on a note that will excite you for Part 2, which is coming in June.


Final Verdict

Showtime Part 1 Hotstar

Showtime is undeniably a gripping series that explores the dark reality of Bollywood. With outstanding direction and captivating performances, it offers a plethora of reasons to tune in. Emraan Hashmi’s magnetic presence further solidifies Showtime as a must-watch for those seeking compelling entertainment. Grab your tub of popcorn and binge-watch Showtime this weekend. We give the series a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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