The forever-distressed Pragyas and Preetas, and emotionally overworked Anupamaas might rule the roost on Indian tv, however due to digital platforms, there’s additionally a dose of some relatable, contemporary, and well-done household dramas. We nonetheless bear in mind the old-school allure of Yeh Meri Household (TVF). We love the traditional mother and father vs kids divide in Cube Media’s What The People and we like the heartwarming bickering of the Mishras in Gullak (SonyLIV). And, now SonyLIV has given one other household drama-comedy, Potluck, which offers with dynamics of a contemporary household with out getting slowed down by tropes or sidelined by melodrama.
In Potluck, director Rajshree Ojha presents a tackle altering dynamics of an Indian household throughout the time of disaster. After a number of hiccups within the preliminary episodes, the 8-episode sequence has you invested within the journey of the Shastri household regardless of its considerably predictable arc.
There’s the patriarch Govind Shastri (Jatin Sial) who believes ‘a household that eats collectively, stays collectively’. His dad jokes, obsession with expertise, and loopy concepts about renovating whereas sitting in a single place remind you of your father. The primary ‘sufferer’ of his ‘craziness’ is his spouse Pramila Shastri (Kitu Gidwani) who’s sandwiched between him and their three kids, performed by Cyrus Sahukar, Harman Singha and Shikha Talsania. Ira Dubey and Saloni Khanna play the bahus who’re a far cry from scheming or exploited daughters-in-law of Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Okay’ sequence. They’re strongly opinionated, working girls, who hate coming collectively for household potlucks each weekend, however maintain nothing towards their in-laws.
This household drama is way from any old-school Balaji cleaning soap opera. The characters look, really feel and discuss like they really belong to a household, thus popping out as relatable. It celebrates the atypical rhythms of household life, the thrill of loving and being pissed off by your mother and father.
Writers Ashwin Lakshmi Narayan, Bharat Misra, and Gaurav Lulla have introduced an enticing and relatable present that preserve you invested even with out a cliffhanger ending to episodes. When Mrs. Shastri overhears her kids taking a dig at her overbearing nature, she begins behaving all lovey-dovey to show them flawed, and you’ll’t assist however smile. What works for Potluck maybe is that we reply greatest to dramas once they inform tales rooted in our particular experiences.
Nonetheless, the one time Potluck loses its footing is when the scenes are stretched: like when the Shastri kids reveal the origin of their household potlucks. Additionally, it could have been higher to have some depth to the characters as an alternative of solely attending to know once they come collectively for the potluck.
Largely all of the performances are on top of things. Jatin Sial and Kitu Gidwani match proper into the function of fogeys. Cyrus Sahukar and Ira Dubey exude the identical chemistry as they did of their 2010 movie Aisha. Harman Singha and Saloni Khanna make for a great on-screen couple. Shikha Talsania places her expertise in movies to good use and inhabits her character fairly naturally.
Verdict: After getting uninterested in all of the political, legal, detective thrillers, Potluck, with its eight quick episodes, is straightforward sufficient to breeze via. It’s a good watch throughout your loved ones time on the weekend.