The second season of Gullak, the TVF present streaming on SonyLIV, reunites us with the Mishra ‘parivaar’ — mummy Shanti (Gitanjali Kulkarni), papa Santosh (Jameel Khan), ‘bada beta’ Annu (Vaibhav Raj Gupta) and ‘chota beta’ Aman (Harsh Mayar), and their doings.
They’re based mostly in a small North Indian city, however it might be a middle-class household anyplace, making an attempt to get by inside their modest means whereas making an attempt to higher their lot, with dollops of lived-in, quotidian feels: bickering and squabbling, however on the finish of the day, solidly there for one another.
It’s this closeness, which comes via in surprising methods, which makes this collection such a heartwarming watch. Kulkarni barely ever addresses her household in saccharine tones; even the loving is doused in sarcasm. However those that know, are conscious that the ‘jhunjhlaahat’ comes from a spot of unshakeable love, equal elements exasperation and affection.
There’s additionally the fixed want to amp up their residing customary, which generally leads the boys of the home into dodgy zones, particularly the older son who continues to be unemployed. Further money is tempting, however the straight-and-narrow is the one technique to go: the Mishras are human, and fallible, however they know, and we all know, that their ethical centre is robust. Khan, who veers briefly in direction of a ‘suvidha shulk’ (in case you’ve heard a extra genteel phrase for a bribe, do let me know) learns quickly sufficient that the fee is greater than the profit.
As within the first season, the all-seeing ‘gullak’ is the ‘sutradhar’ givings us the lowdown on all happenings, which revolve round nosy, nit-picking neighbours (Sunita Rajwar is a hoot), kindly kitty social gathering aunties, native power-centres busy placing down individuals who suppose they deserve extra, and kin who intentionally despatched marriage ceremony invitation playing cards with out that all-important pre-fix, ‘sa-parivaar’.
There are occasions whenever you want for a little bit of variation within the cadences: does mummy, for instance, have a gentler, softer tone? Can the fixed carping cease, even for a second? However what’s good is that Gullak by no means will get strident, even when some slightly apparent classes are being learnt, full with acceptable ‘kahawats’. The lads of the home by no means clear up after themselves, for instance: do they actually need mummy to level it out to them?
Or maybe the Mishra males do. Good to see them shame-faced after the at all times cooking-cleaning-washing mummy-machine mentions her aching knees, the hassle a recent inexperienced chutney takes to make, and why ‘sil-battas’ ought to disclose to mixer-grinders. Kulkarni makes a beautiful pivot because the wife-and-mother who retains every thing going, nagging everybody with equal power in order that they’ll give you their finest. Khan’s ‘bijli-ka-board’ worker is as plausible as he was final time round, and Mayar is spot-on because the youthful son who hates finding out, loves cricket, and nonetheless has the capability to shock his lecturers and oldsters with nice grades.
The Mishra family isn’t an island, regardless that many of the motion is situated inside its partitions. Be careful for the little jibe that includes that priceless phrase, ‘Nehru ki galti’: they by no means say so themselves, however left to themselves, the Mishras are the sort of salt-of-the-earth, upright Indians who will arise for these being wronged. Grocery lists are essential markers: a deo is as essential as a brand new cellphone to an aspirational New Indian household. So are their roots, and ethical values, which they get in ‘virasat’ from their mummy and papa.
After they return for a 3rd spherical, which I’m positive they’ll sooner vs later, will the boys have learnt to place away their used cups within the kitchen sink? Will Beta Annu have discovered a ‘naukri’? Most significantly, will the ‘gullak’ nonetheless occupy centre-stage?