Set in Kolkata, 7 Kadam revolves around the lives of the Pal family, specifically Aurobindo Pal and his son, Ravi. Aurobindo, once a star football player, now coaches a team, Asansol 11. His dreams of winning the national league were shattered when he broke his leg during a game and he now hopes for his son to play for Asansol 11 and help realise this dream. But things don’t always work out the way we want them to and that is perhaps what this show tries to tell us.
It’s all about fathers and sons
The show hinges on the fragile, emotionally loaded relationship between father and son. Aurobindo Pal (Ronit Roy) is immensely proud of his son Ravi (Amit Sadh), an ace football player. Ravi plays for his father’s team, Asansol 11. Aurobindo hopes to someday watch his team become champions of the national league. His wife (Rohini Banerjee) however, has her heart set against football because of her husband’s accident, which left him with an injured leg. The last thing she wants is for Ravi to follow in his father’s footsteps, but the young man is not just passionate, but also adamant about his choice of career.
Things begin to take a turn when Ravi is tempted to quit Asansol 11 and play for Kolkata Bagan to earn better in order to assuage money troubles at home. But this puts his relationship with his father to the test. Kolkata Bagan is owned by the wily Babul Banerjee, a man from Aurobindo’s past whom he neither likes nor trusts. What follows is an emotional roller-coaster ride with a plot twist that, truth be told, we’ve seen in plenty of Bollywood movies.
The show misses the goal
It’s a heart-warming story that unfortunately lacks finesse. Characters are thinly sketched and scenes are hurriedly developed. It seems as though the makers are in a rush to wrap things up. This frustrates the viewer who is invested in the family’s narrative. To make matters worse, there are plenty of songs in the show, none of which drive the action forward. It’s a wasted opportunity as Ronit Roy is brilliant on screen with his fetching Bengali accent, while Amit Sadh is excellent as a young man with big dreams.
WATCH OR NOT
If you think this is a show about football, you will be disappointed. 7 Kadam has heart but it’s poorly executed, which is a pity as it has all the seeds of a compelling family drama.
Creator: K. Mohit Kumar Jha
Cast: Ronit Roy, Amit Sadh, Rohini Banerjee, Deeksha Seth, Shilpi Roy
Streaming on: Eros Now