Hasmukh season 1 review – Indian series offers stand-up with a twist

April 17, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
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Summary

Indian Netflix series Hasmukh is worth the watch for its oddness and blase approach — you won’t keel over in laughter ironically, but it’s certainly amusing.

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Summary

Indian Netflix series Hasmukh is worth the watch for its oddness and blase approach — you won’t keel over in laughter ironically, but it’s certainly amusing.

This review of Indian Netflix series Hasmukh season 1 contains zero spoilers. The series was released on April 17, 2020.


Well, Netflix series Hasmukh offers a different version of a serial killer. It follows a small-time stand-up comedian who is rather desperate for the big break; he has stage fright and his idol refuses to give him his shot. The twist to the whole ordeal is that the comedian only gets his mojo when he murders someone who has deeply angered him. The opening episode sees Hasmukh murder the star of a show, only for him to walk out on the stage and give the best performance of his life.

This is not a bad addition to Indian’s catalog of Netflix content. 

And the Indian series does not hide away from how bonkers it is. Serial killers tend to have their specific tendencies but there’s no way anyone could get away from this. Netflix’s Hasmukh is like if Dexter is a stand-up comedian, who intrinsically murders someone before popping on to the stage — it’s absurd. But despite the absurdity, Hasmukh is a dark comedy that is easy to consume.

The lead character is very irrational and a caricature of himself. It’s odd that a man that had stage fright and could not string two parts of a joke together even wanted to be in the limelight. Hasmukh poses the question of whether it’s the thirst for jokes or the thirst for murders which takes precedence in the character’s mind. Surely there’s an argument here that it is the latter, as he cockily heads onto the stage and focuses his inner darkness to deliver joke after joke to meddle with the audience.

Indian series Hasmukh is only 10 episodes long but at a rough 30 minutes apiece, audiences will binge Season 1 in a very short length of time, which is not necessarily a good thing at the moment.

But what a strange superpower to have — murder to be funny. The writers had a field day with this series. Indian Netflix series Hasmukh Season 1 is worth the watch for its oddness and blase approach — you won’t keel over in laughter ironically, but it’s certainly amusing.

Add it to your list now.


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