Tooth Pari: When Love Bites Season 1 Review – A mediocre supernatural drama

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 2.5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 2.5/5


In Pritam Dasgupta’s fantasy romance series, a clan of bloodsucking supernatural beings live comfortably in the shadows. One of the younger members of the clan, Rumi, is a rebel and seeks assistance from Doc Roy, a reserved dentist, to fix her broken fang. Both supernatural as well as earthly forces conspire against the couple as they fall in love. Rumi must confront her past in order to be given a fresh start in light of the arrival of a vampire hunter (who possesses abilities similar to a witch) named Luna Luka.

It’s challenging to combine fantasy and reality while ensuring the two appear to be an organic component of a single tale. The fictional storyline blurs the lines between the supernatural and the real, as aspects from the paranormal world bleed into reality and cause a conflict between the living and the dead to play out.

The writing of the vampires’ evolutionary scale is crafty, and a number of them have lived for almost as long as human civilization itself. These include survivors of the crimes committed against the Indian people during colonialism and crimes committed against Kolkata under the pretense of discovering Kolkata.

This Netflix supernatural drama is a carefully planned and well-researched, but it’s also quite disorganized too. Tooth Pari makes an effort to convey a lot of information quickly, but in doing so, creates a plot that is chaotic and lacks coherence.

Supernatural clichés appear to have eclipsed the overall premise of the show too. It frequently feels like a cheap imitation of The Vampire Diaries because of the similarities in the show’s ideas concerning what vampires can and cannot do. Furthermore, the required chemistry between Roy and Rumi is never sufficiently explored, and as a result, they end up like teenagers in a complicated relationship who can forget things easily.

The show’s cinematography is simply stunning. The setting of Kolkata nights, including the lighting, the yellow taxis, and the overall unsettling mood, is a definite stand-out. In addition, it adds an enjoyable element as we see hibernation pods, a gaming area, as well as high-tech lighting arrangements being used by supernatural beings who are obsessed with blood.

The show focuses heavily on Kolkata as well as its distinct culture, the people, and their love for music and cuisine. The dialogue is delivered in both Bengali and Hindi giving the show a welcome cultural edge.

What benefits Tooth Pari ultimately leads to every single thing that does not. The creators are so fixated on their setup to the point where they fail to take into account that they’ve got a story to tell. When they realize this, they start running at top speed.

The protagonist, Rumi, is played by Tanya Maniktala, who does an excellent job of playing the complex character. The script, however, prevents the vampire from fully embracing her potential. She engages in a confrontation with Revathi, that involves a lot of half-baked arguments and ends abruptly.

Shantanu Maheshwari plays a reserved virgin dentist who is also a secret chef. He performs admirably and gracefully, delivering a performance that is worth mentioning. Saswata Chatterjee excels at using his comedic timing too and in his role as AD, the boss, Adil Hussain is a stand-out player.

Tooth Pari verges more toward a drama than comedy. The writers clearly have a vision but the show suffers from over-ambition, a lack of direction, and a clear inability to present the content here concisely. Considering how much potential the show had, it’s really a shame that the supernatural drama ended up being subpar at best.

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  • Verdict - 4/10

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