As the announcement of Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai Take 2 took flight, excitement rolled about to everyone in the world singing hallelujah like Poo’s minions from K3G (I probably can’t go too far writing without KJO’s mention)
So anyhow, my point is that Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai made a comeback after over a decade, naturally people were losing their mind and given the cult status it had achieved for itself back in that time, the expectations attached to it came tight.
Now that take 2 is over 9 episodes old, it has received lukewarm response from the viewers. I thought maybe let me share some my 5 point something on Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai Take 2?
Read on and tell me if you agree….
1. Cast Charisma: Despite the leap of over 10 years, the central cast continues to ace its act. Ratna Pathak Shah as Maya Sarabhai is still a woman of poise belonging to the higher strata of the society, the only difference we spot now is the maturity of response towards Monisha’s middle class gimmicks, which completely justifies her character’s “She’s (Monisha) been around for too long to affect me anymore,”reality of it.
While Rajesh Kumar as Roshesh looks a tad bit different , his poetry and nonchalant attitude about his career remains the same. (We are definitely not complaining)
Rupali Ganguly as Monisha, the middle-class daughter-in-law continues to evoke laughter, however she doesn’t add as much value in this season as the debut one!
Sumeet Raghavan as Sahil seems to have gotten younger by the decade and his sass game this season has definitely levelled up, it’s a welcome transition.
Satish Shah as Indravadan is one character we see almost no or little difference in and that’s what makes us connected to him the most!
2. Playing it dirty: An evident inclusion of one dirty joke minimum per episode has been an obvious trail through season 2. While it’s probably an attempt to heighten the sass factor and perhaps even strike a chord with the first generation viewers of the show; it doesn’t resonate in every episode and looks as forced as a sloppy brand integration, which takes me to the next point.
3. Brand Integration gone wrong: I’ve always been fussy about how web series integrate brands and naturally when it’s one of your favourite shows, you’re bound to get a little compulsive. This season has incorporated Vivo on board and it’s all fun and games till they’re trying to keep subtly in check and we do understand brand requirements, until…. In one particular scene, they depict a power cut just so they can flaunt Vivo’s ‘Moonlight front camera.’
4. Jasmine Mavani, the laughter riot: Here’s a reason I’ve dedicated Roshesh’s love interest, Jasmine Mavani a special space because oh boy, she definitely plays a vital role in keeping the fun quotient of the show high and about. In other words, her presence makes proud happens and goods of happiness falls from peoples’ mouths (Okay, spare my terrible Jasmine impression)
5. Abrupt ad placements: While this isn’t a fault of the makers, the viewer experience is a little interrupted due to the abrupt ad placements which tend to cut the scenes in the middle of a sentence sometimes.
P.S: This was my 5 point something on Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai Take 2, the show sure continues to maintain its charisma but it could hold back from attempting to adapt to digital so much. Because don’t we love Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai for its quality of humour and power packed performances? Let me know what do you think about this season, until next time, #StayCurious