'Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2'
Directors: Aatish Kapadia, Deven Bhojani
Cast: Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Rupali Ganguly, Rajesh Kumar
"Air mein truly hai khushi ki aroma," says Rosesh Sarabhai from the much-acclaimed Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai series, and fans couldn't agree more. After all, the classic comedy show, which first aired in 2004, is back after over a decade as a web series on video streaming site, Hotstar. Sarabhai, like the American sitcom, FRIENDS, is a series most '90s kids have grown up watching. Thankfully, season 2, with its new flavour, is satiating.
In the first episode, we are introduced to the old characters, and a few new ones. New parents Sahil and Monisha's seven-year-old son, Ornob, is a quirky mixture of grandmother Maya's high-handed snootiness and Monisha's middle-class peculiarities. Although, he prefers the tag 'charming grandson' over 'high-class pota'.
The show kicks off by portraying the distress of the beloved family, as a bus carrying them is seen hanging from a cliff. Sahil clarifies they all lived to tell the tale, while the other housemates point out that Monisha's decision to hire a cheap driver is responsible for their plight. Where were they off to, one asks. To the religious spot of a Matkadhar Baba to fulfil Monisha's wish of finding her brother-in-law, Rosesh, a beautiful bride.
Of course, the favourite bit of the show continues to be Maya and Monisha's banter. Or is it Rosesh's poetry? It is probably a heady mix of both. Maya's tirade against Monisha leaves you in splits. 'Every shade of middle class and worse,' as she rather emphatically puts it. Father-in-law Indravardhan's mockery of Rosesh is minimal in the first episode, but is in order over the season.
Evidently, the laughs are in place and not infrequent. Ratna Pathak Shah, as Maya, is at her quirky best. It is time to put your feet up and watch the drama unfold. In the changing content game, the return of India's favourite sitcom was ineludible. Let the laugh riot begin, we say!
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