Zee5’s Fingertip is an anthology of five stories about how social media can bring us to rock bottom; all it takes is one small mistake. All five stories in the series share the common social media factor but deal with different emotions that pave the way for mistakes. Director S. Shivakar deals with Greed, Rage, Betrayal, Lust, and Vengeance across the episodes.
Each episode in the show is different. Though there’s that one shot in all of them where the main character faces his/her mirror. Social media is like that mirror, delicate but powerful enough to ruin each of the protagonist’s life. It also showcases that we’re all interconnected thanks to social media; the show did this by incorporating at least one photo or character from another story.
Gayathrie Shankar’s (In Lust) casual yet coy performance deserves special mention. She was the most credible of all the actors in the show, taking her story a notch higher. Sanjana Sarathy outdid Akshara Hassan even though she had lesser screen space in the episode dealing with ‘Betrayal’. Siddhartha Shankar from the same episode pulled off an accent that suited his character. Ashwin Kakamnu (In Vengeance) essayed the actor role well (but did fail to emote enough during an emotional climax).
Anu Vardhan who’s handled the costumes has made every character a delight to look at. The background music scored by Dheena Dhayalan complemented each episode. Super Massive Studios deserve praise for the flawless VFX. A lot of effort has been put into making the apps in each episode seem plausible. Editor Bhuvan Srinivasan also deserves special credit for his seamless editing.
The show came with its own share of flaws. Apart the main lead, the other characters in most episodes seemed plastic and forced on-screen. Especially the actor who played Krishnamoorthy’s (Madhusudhan Rao) wife in Rage. Sunaina (In Greed) carried her stubborn character well but did get on my nerves at times. The episode also seemed farfetched in the end. There are other things she could’ve resorted to for “recovery” as she claims. I also couldn’t help but notice the repetition of props right from table lamps to the home decor throughout the show.
Overall though Fingertip was worth the two-and-a-half-hours I spent on it. It is far superior to the kind of content the Tamil series space has been producing thus far.