The second season of Gullak, the streaming show on TVF Sonilive, us again with Mishra ‘Parivar’ – Mummy Shanti (Geetanjali Kulkarni), Papa Santosh (Jamil Khan), ‘Bada Son’ Annu (Vaibhav Raj Gupta) and ‘Chhota Son’ adds up. ‘Aman (Harsha Mayar), and their doing.
They are located in a small North Indian city, but it can be a middle class family anywhere, trying to get by their modest means, trying to live better than their lot, live-in dolls With, Quidian believes: tickle and scream but at the end of the day, solidly to each other.
It is this proximity, which comes in unexpected ways, that makes this series such a fascinating watch. Kulkarni rarely addressed his family in a sarcastic voice; Even love is immersed in satire. But those who know, know that ‘tingling’ comes from one place, which is reclusive love, equal part exaggeration and affection.
There is also a constant desire to maintain their standard of living, which sometimes drives home men into dodgy areas, especially older sons who are still unemployed. The extra cash is wooing, but there is only one way, straight and narrow: Mishra is human, and decadent, but he knows, and we know, that his moral center is strong. Khan, who temporarily leads a ‘convenience shulak’ (if you have heard a more good word for bribe, let me know) soon learns that the cost outweighs the benefits.
Like the first season, the all-viewing ‘Gulak’ is the ‘sutradhar’ that tells us all about the events, which revolve around Nikki, the nut-picking neighbors (Sunita Rajwar a hoot), kindly kitty party anties, local The Shakti-Antares are busy putting down those who think they deserve more, and relatives deliberately sent wedding invitation cards that were without the all-important pre-fix, ‘sa-family’.
There are times when you wish for a little variation in the tables: Is the mummy, for example, a Gentler, a softer tone? Can continuous carping stop, even for a second? But what’s good is that Gulak never becomes clear, even when some explicit lessons are being learned, complete with the appropriate ‘kahwat’. For example, the men of the house never clean themselves: do they really need a mummy?
Or maybe Mishra Purush does. He always loves to face embarrassment after walking on his knees in a cooking-cleaning-washing mummy-machine, attempting to make a fresh green chutney, and why ‘mute-discount’ away from the mixer-grinder should do. Kulkarni creates an amazing axis as wife and mother, keeping everything equal, drenching everyone with equal energy so that they can perform at their best. Khan’s ‘power-of-board’ staff is as credible as it was the last time he was around, and Meyer is spot-on because the younger son who hates studying, loves cricket, and is still his teachers And has the ability to surprise parents with great grades.
Egypt is not an island, even though most of the action lies within its walls. Look out for the short jib featuring that precious phrase, ‘Nehru Ki Gali’: They never say that to themselves, but left to themselves, Mishra is, in a way, a salt-of-the-earth, honest Indian Those who will stand up for them are being wronged. Grocery lists are important markers: A DO is as important as a new phone to an aspiring new Indian family. So he has his roots and moral values, which he gets from his mother and father in ‘Virat’.
When they return for the third round, which I am sure they will be sooner vs. later, will the men have learned to take away their used cups in the kitchen sink? Will Beta Annu get ‘Naukari’? The most important thing is whether ‘Galak’ will still hold the center stage?