Annu Kapoor’s web series ‘Home: It’s a feeling ‘is a Direct and Honest Dramaby Opinion Express September 3, 2018 0 comments
Home, starring Annu Kapoor, Parikshit Sahni, Supriya Pilgaonkar and directed by Habib Faisal is about a family who fight to reclaim what is theirs.
What if some day you wake up to find an eviction notice at your doorstep? The thought that your house will soon be demolished to become a heap of sand is one of the worst nightmares you could ever have.
Breaking the shell of cliches of a regular Ekta Kapoor show on TV, her web series Home: It’s a feeling at ALTBalaji casts away the farce that her typical saas-bahu dramas would bring. The show, starring Annu Kapoor, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Amol Parashar, Parikshit Sahani and Chetna Pande, revolves around the travails of a family who suddenly find that their home of 22 years is built on illegally acquired land and threatens their existence as they know it.
Mr Sethi, played by Annu Kapoor, is hard-working yet a struggler, who is weighed down by household expenses. As a failed businessman, he works in a travel agency which pays him peanuts. Amol Parashar, who plays Mr Sethi’s son as Vansh Sethi, is a stubborn and reckless teenager who has just completed high school and is looking forward to move to “America” for his graduation and escape to better fortunes. Both the characters are very-well written and portrayed to keep the familial bond intact, making the audience go back to the stories of their own household.
As a typical Indian teenager, Vansh critiques Indian society as one of the most conventional, strict and interfering ones. This makes for some moments of relief. For example, when Mr Sethi goes berserk about something, Vansh says “Kabhi kabhi mann toh karta hai ki inse kahun, Papa chill, come let’s smoke a joint, lekin kya karun, Indian daddy hai na, jaan le lenge.” (Sometimes I feel like asking dad to just chill and smoke a joint with me. But what to do, he is an Indian father and will kill me.)
While the two characters set up the familial mood, Supriya Pilgaonkar, who plays the mother of Amol and Chetna, is far from a typical housewife. In fact, she picks up the tabs once her husband’s business fails and starts a tiffin service from home. And though she boldly gets herself tested for breast cancer, we wish she could share her health concerns with her family. We should talk about women’s health issues, not hide them.
The show also highlights how people easily ostracise their own. When Chetna Pande (daughter of Annu and Supriya) abandons her husband, they are shunned by the same people who danced at her wedding. The neighbourhood makes sure the Sethi family doesn’t get their water and electricity supply until they apologise for taking up the illegality of the building in court. As the story unravels, it gives an insight into the belief systems of three different generations in one house and how they function, interact and think; how every member is different and unravels a new layer. But in the absence of even a single member, the home remains incomplete.
Director Habib Faisal gives us one family — complaining yet satisfied, demanding yet quiet, struggling yet loving and broken yet united.
This struggle of the Sethi family, though, is not an easy one. They have to save the house they have been living in for 22 years. But how they fight the game is all what the “feeling” of home is about. Watch it only to get teary about your close ones. For there is too much of a predictability going on here in terms of emotions and sentimentality. Which is why they have relied on powerhouse performers to keep it streaming.
Writer: Chahak Mittal
Courtesy: The Pioneer