8 Years ago – September Equinox, Bring On The Night was released on MTV. The show was way ahead of its time and hence its content did not get to be as popular as it should have been. It deserved a second season then and it does today. This article is for the fans of Bring On The Night and a straight offer to Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Bring on the night was a sudden surprise to the youth of 2012. The content we always knew in India until then was the inspirational hollywood movies turned into a Bollywood flick or the lamest mediocre Karan Johar and Salman blockbusters. Social Media was growing and discussing everything online. Saturday 7 PM on MTV used to be blocked for Roadies then and thats what all of us expected as well. MTV was getting more into reality shows after Splitsvilla also became a hit. Hence not a lot of people paid attention to promotions or advertisements of upcoming content that was going to be displayed. Then came Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy with this 10 episode madness sitcom delivered one fine day on MTV on a Saturday Evening.
This was a year when we had already lost great names like Rajesh Khanna, Yash Chopra, Dara Singh and Jaslpal Bhatti so far. We were fedup of losing money on Scams like 2G, Coalgate, Commonwealth and more and the court hearings approved A Raja’s bail. Honourable Ex-Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had lost all his credibility and had made a name for himself for being silent on the issues. As an advantange of the time, Arvind Kejriwal rolled out his Aam Aadmi Party. Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi had just begun his plan to grow and become the next big thing of India and the year ended with the most violent and gruesome gangrape India had ever heard of. We were still waiting for something good to happen.
Around September that year Bring On The Night was released. The intro of the first episode talks about how a usual day in life of Mumbaikar is spent and kicks in Hussain Dalal with Patrick Graham. The scene is funny on different levels with a very serious note on the conversation. It ends with a punch line “chup kar bhosdike“. Patrick known with the same name in the series is a foriegner – this makes you want to blast off laughing. This is just how the ride begins. It wants to make you stick around for the rest of the show. You already know the content is not what you expected it to be.
The best part – OTTs were’nt in yet and YouTube was still free. Before the modi era of digitization and before Netflix and Amazon decided to rule us forever, all the TV channels made their bit from YouTube. So you didnt have to worry much if you missed something during the telecast or wanted to see it again, you knew the episode was going to be uploaded on YouTube.
The story is about 4 friends – KD aka Kabir Dalal the protagonist, Patrick aka Patwardhan, Patnaik, etc, Devang the funniest one and Maakad – the serious one. They all have lived in Mumbai and know the lifestyle. There are parties almost everyday and everywhere. What happens after the party is over? KD comes up with a plan to turn a 200 year old building into an underground all night party destination.
Arjun Mathur made a comeback with Made in Heaven and delivered another brilliant performance. He plays the main lead as KD working as a party designer before he goofed up in one of those where things went wrong. He is the man with the vision behind this crazy plan of the after party place. He is very passionate about his work and knows exactly what to do with it comes to creating a party. However he tends to loose his cool when his patience is tested. Who doesn’t know Arjun after his brilliant performance in Made in Heaven and Luck by Chance.
Devang, the confused funny Gujarati guy is a close friend of KD and wants to help fulfilling KD’s dream by working on any obstacles that come across. He’s also a brilliant software engineer who ends up hacking into his own office network and infecting the computers. He’s always dressed in formals and ready for an arranged marriage but can kill you with humor and his slangs and swears. Hussain Dalal became a known actor for his writing skills in the huge movies like Greater Elephant, Yeh Jawani hai Deewani, etc.
Patrick – nobody calls him that. Patwardhan/Patnaik is every foreigner living in Mumbai since the last decade and never felt like going back. He’s in love with the city and has a lot left behind that he doesn’t want to look back to. He’s very creative and the main guy behind making KDs 200 year old party place look like one. Patrick was seen in hasee toh phasee and a number of other flicks. He went on to be the Tom Alter of our generation.
Maakad is the friend you want in your life. He gets all the local jugaad done for you. KD and Maakad have a special friendship since their last workplace accident. He can get a wedding arranged in the backyard with all the permissions to make it legal so the night gig can happen. He’s also friends with a political party where he can pull strings to legalize things when needed. Sarang Sathaye went on to be a founder of the marathi social production house Bhadipa.
Your favorite Dialogue from BOTN(Except Chup Kar Bosadi Ke)Posted by Bring on the Night – MTV India on Saturday, December 21, 2013
There could not be a better supporting cast than the Parsi boys Darius, Xerxes and Hoshang. They are the friends you want to have in your group to keep you laughing and getting the work done at the same time. Additionally Geetika Tyagi brings in the perfect romance to KD as a chef to complete the party place.
The team brings in all the passion to perform and make the place a brilliant one to hangout and kill the night with booze, games and a lot more to go. But like always, the good things dont happen so well. There are bad times and issues to be taken care of in every episode.
If you’ve ever lived in Mumbai and the actual Mumbai, not the suburbs, you’ll relate to everything from the Maska pav mornings to heady cocktail stories and the beaches. The story focuses on the youth and their lives. The perfect urban face of Mumbai while making sure the target audience is into the catch. They’ve also made sure they put their best acting skills on the screen to keep the audiences engaged. Like we all have seen in the past – no matter how good the script is, if the acting is bad – the time is wasted. Not the case with this one. Luckily for us, all the 10 episodes of the show are still on YouTube.
Netflix hit India in 2016 and Amazon Prime got here towards the end of 2017. This show was Netflix + Amazon Prime level of Content delivered in 2012. When the show got over, people craved for the season 2. When Hashtags weren’t popular on Instagram, the show was trending with #bringonthenight and #BOTN. Its been 8 years and the show is still fresh in our minds. It deserves another season than the most of them do on the OTTs. If you still have doubts around the show, watch this :
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