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Showtime Twitter review – Netizens hail the show’s top-notch performances, but are upset with it for THIS reason

Showtime has released on Disney+ Hotstar today, dropping its first set of episodes. Backed by Karan Johar, the show offers a glimpse at the darker side of Bollywood and nepotism.

Showtime Twitter review – Netizens hail the show’s top-notch performances, but are upset with it for THIS reason

Last Updated: 06.50 PM, Mar 08, 2024


Showtime is a brand-new Disney+ Hotstar original that has streamed its first set of episodes today. Produced by Karan Johar’s digital brand Dharmatic, the series explores the darkness behind the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, offering a sharp commentary on nepotism and the hustle to make it big in showbiz.

Why are some netizens upset with Showtime?

Many netizens have binged through the series and almost all have appreciated the merits of the show and its powerful performances. But several netizens are upset at the show for a reason. As Showtime has released only the first four episodes, with the rest arriving in June, many Twitter users felt the wait was too long and complained about the same. As the series had been so captivating and just getting good, they were eager for more.

Most netizens waxed eloquence on the performances of Emraan Hashmi, Mouni Roy, Rajeev Khandelwal, and Mahima Makwana. While the rest of the cast, comprising Naseeruddin Shah and Shriya Saran, have done exceptionally well and will feature more prominently in upcoming episodes, underdog Rajeev Khandelwal and newcomer Mahima Makwana stole the show.

As for Emraan Hashmi, he has always been on top of his game and Showtime is no exception. Portraying a power-hungry nepo kid, Raghu Khanna, who has been given all the tools of his craft readymade by his father, Hashmi does the role justice to the T. Not only is he calculated, volatile and focused on commercial projects and smooth income, but he also has great dialogue delivery and iconic lines.

Plot of Showtime

Showtime follows the journey of several individuals in Bollywood: Naseeruddin Shah plays a godlike producer who controls the entire industry; Emraan Hashmi as his capitalistic son and producer, Raghu Khanna; Mouni Roy as an aspiring actress with her own secrets and Khanna’s love interest.


Rajesh Khandelwal plays a super-hot hero who is struggling to be relevant, and Mahima Makwana is Mahika Nandy, a film reviewer and aspiring filmmaker in the show. The series follows these characters as they enter a cat-and-mouse chase for survival and power in showbiz.

While Raghu Khanna believes in commercial 100-crore films, Mahika Nandy believes in making films with substance. The struggles of outsiders carving their respective niches in Bollywood are accurately contrasted with the ridiculous attempts of popular celebs and nepotism products to stay relevant among the masses in the show. And there lies the actual appeal of Showtime.

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