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Family drama in Indian cinema has forever been a very tricky genre to deal with. While Hrishikesh Mukherjee introduced Hindi cinema to the idea of modern families, Sooraj Barjatya became the epitome of a man who reflected the righteousness and high esteemed family values.
In the recent times Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons), Zoya Akhtar (Dil Dhadakne Do) and Shoojit Sircar (Piku, Vicky Donor) blew our minds with their understanding of dysfunctional families. And Cinema as a whole evolved to showcase the reality and also find humour in the chaos that a family goes through.
Kaun Banegi Shikharwati might be confused whether it wants to be a dramedy or emotional drama, but at least gets the conflict right. 4 loving sisters are separated due to the newly induced enmity between them.
Half a decade later when they come together, they are up to mend the broken and form the bonds again. And when the father is played by the effortless Naseeruddin Shah who is also greedy in his own way, you know there will be something you will love about the whole parade.
Ananya Banerjee who was last involved with Saif Ali Khan’s Baazaar and P.O.W Bandhi Yuddh Ke as an AD, is here writing the screenplay, dialogue and also co-directing the show. She chooses to take the dramedy route to tell the story about this family.
Of course, there is no other option to translate this story that demands more than an ample amount of suspension of disbelief from the audience. Some jokes do land and are funny.
The trailer tells you enough about the story and what it holds and anything more will spoil it for you (in case you decided to watch). What the show manages to be is a light-hearted comical drama which one can relax and watch without really having to use their brains much. But only if you are that audience.
There is also some great music in the beginning but it loses track as the journey progresses.
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