When Gullak first started streaming on SonyLiv nearly three years in the past, the present was like a heat hug. Part 90s nostalgia and half middle-class goodness, it was fairly totally different than a lot of what has been obtainable on Indian streaming platforms. But as any creator would inform you, creating a great present is hard however sustaining it’s more durable. And that’s the place Gullak succeeds. In its third season, the present manages one thing few Indian shows–on OTT or TV–have earlier than. It will get higher. Also learn: Gullak Season 2 review: This middle class drama is as genuine as pure love
It’s not as if there have not been good reveals on Indian OTT platforms earlier than. There have been loads. But barring a number of exceptions, most have seen their high quality dwindle after the primary season (we’re you Sacred Games). Perhaps what works in Gullak’s favour is that every season is a mere 5 episode-long. That permits the showrunners to maintain the story crisp and contemporary. Their mantra appears to be: let the viewers lengthy for extra.
Gullak tells the story of the Mishra household, a middle-class family in a non-descript small North Indian city. Sometimes you’re feeling it’s set within the 90s however references to PubG ban and twenty first century movies carry you again to the modern setting. The principal cast–Jameel Khan, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vaibhav Raj Gupta, and Harsh Mayar–give us a glimpse of this strange household with strange points. Their troubles usually are not dramatic. They vary from sudden visitors to nosy neighbours and workplace politics- typical Indian middle-class stuff.
The relatability of Gullak makes it a splendid present. Even because the third season includes extra drama than the earlier two, it by no means goes excessive or get melodramatic. The Mishra household could possibly be anyone- you, your neighbours, or that uncle from Kanpur you want. They are generic but so particular.
The chemistry of the forged is likely one of the strongest options of the present, as are their performances. How simply Jameel, Geetanjali, Vaibhav, and Harsh slip into the Mishra household and their intricate relationships makes the collection a joyful watch. The actors breathe life into the present, as at all times. But the strongest efficiency, for me, this time got here from outdoors the principal forged. It was the shock package deal known as Ketaki Kulkarni, who shines as Furteeli, the twenty-something girl looking for herself.
The forged’s performances, that are flawless, are elevated by the writing. The episodes are written within the easiest method attainable, missing the innuendos, laughter tracks, or situational humour which have come to be a staple of Indian sitcoms. The present lacks romance, at the least within the conventional sense. There isn’t any violence, barring a flying chappal or two. And there’s minimal drama. Yet, it holds the viewers’s curiosity and is a pleasant watch.
The solely grievance from Gullak’s third season that I’ve is that it does get extra dramatic and darker this time. The themes tackled are extra severe than the earlier two seasons. The stakes, at instances, appear larger. The present is not as gentle because it as soon as was. Is it a metaphor for the way the second wave of Covid-19 made every little thing ‘not-so-light’ or am I studying an excessive amount of into it? Regardless, the present is unquestionably barely extra severe, notably the season finale. But it’s nonetheless properly made. Even if it tackles severe points, it doesn’t get preachy or judgemental. It retains that freshness.
Gullak suits what I name the Doordarshan template. It takes you again to profitable DD reveals like Nukkad, Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, and Wagle Ki Duniya, which have been comparable in tone and themes. The success and longevity of Gullak (OTT reveals hardly return for 3 seasons) is testomony to the truth that even on this Netflix-MCU period, the Doordharshan template works if adopted appropriately.
Gullak is created by Shreyansh Pandey for SonyLIV beneath the banner of The Viral Fever. The third season will premiere on the streaming app from April 7.
Creator: Shreyansh Pandey
Cast: Jameel Khan, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vaibhav Raj Gupta, and Harsh Mayar