Karan Johar’s production banner Dharma Productions’ next digital offering The Fame Game starring Madhuri Dixit in the lead marks her OTT debut. The series is a thriller and promises an interesting premise of showcasing the flip side of showbiz.
Before The Fame Game premieres on Netflix on February 25, here are the key pros and cons and the real side of entertainment industry that the show promises to depict.
A successful stint in the showbiz catapults a person to the pinnacles of success with money, fame and glory becoming a part of life. If you are able to crack the code in the entertainment industry which will give you success then it guarantees a life of riches with everyone lapping up to you and knowing your name. The pros of limelight are manifold with everything being in easy access and hobnobbing with the elite and the ultra-rich; preferential treatment becomes a norm and the VVIP status makes life a lot easier. The fact that an actor or actress has millions of followers who follow them blindly makes one feel extremely privileged and important.
It is not all hunky-dory in the field of showbiz; it brings a lot of cons in its wake as well. The constant pressure of becoming the numero uno in the field and retaining that position, once achieved takes a toll on individuals. People in the entertainment industry also deal with a lot of emotional baggage in their personal lives. More often than not they have broken families with no real relationship between parents and children and between spouses. The work pressure, the erratic and hectic schedules take a toll on peaceful family life. Moreover, often people lose touch with their own selves as they play so many diverse roles with a constant mask that they present to the world. Fans and followers think and perceive people from showbiz to lead a perfect life with perfect make-up, fast and racy cars and a plush home but this constant need to pretend to be happy in front of the cameras and their fans become detrimental in the long run spiralling several celebs into a deep abyss of depression and loneliness.
The Fame Game reveals all these facets and more in a gripping suspenseful drama that revolves around a celebrity, Anamika Anand (played by Madhuri). Her disappearance starts a chain of reactions that unravels the dark side of showbiz. The Fame Game also stars Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Suhasini Mulay, Muskkaan Jaferi, Lakshvir Saran and Rajshri Deshpande in pivotal roles. Produced by Dharmatic Entertainment, written & showrun by Sri Rao and directed by Bejoy Nambiar and Karishma Kohli, the series brings to fore the dark side of showbiz and the real drama that goes behind the arc lights.