Supriya Pathak Kapur and Manoj Pahwa are two actors who will pull you in no matter what kind of movie or show it is. Their latest outing, Home Shanti, is no different. The series takes us through the lives of the Joshi family who are trying to make their dream home. How difficult can that be? The middle-class family from Dehradun find that out in the worst possible way. Read this review of Home Shanti to know our thoughts on the series.
Relatable to the core
From the very first episode, we know that Home Shanti is as relatable as they come. Sarla is a simple woman who is excited about the Bhoomi Poojan of her new land. Umesh is a typical husband who watches cricket in the bathroom. Jigyasa, the elder daughter of the family, is irritated with the rest of the family not being on time. And lastly, we have the youngest son, Naman, who only wants food even though his mother has told him not to have any before the pooja. Be it Jigyasa lying about a camping trip to her parents or Naman who is freaking out about accidentally eating a non-veg momo on the day of the pooja, their story is something we have experienced in our lives.
A comedy of errors
The day of the Bhoomi Poojan turns out to be a comedy of errors. Sarla is an English language teacher and a vice-principal who is very particular about things. According to her husband, Umesh, Sarla rechecks her students’ marks twice and all the details about the home and family four times. While Sarla is all excited to finally lay the foundation for her new home, the rest of the family has different priorities. Umesh is only interested in cricket, while Jigyasa wants everything to be done quickly so that she can leave for her trip. Naman, like most of us, cares the most about food.
Naman gets involved in an accident which, according to the Panditji, is because he had chicken momos on the morning of the pooja. Jigyasa’s friends are leaving her behind because she is running late. There is no coconut for the pooja when the pandit asks for one. Naman has been making Hitler’s swastika rather than the Hindu swastika, which irks the pandit. Moreover, the Panditji is of the opinion that the Joshi family could have requested his expertise over a video call. After all, Panditji has a start-up that provides all sorts of services online and offline. This is exactly what happens when the Panditji runs off after seeing a snake at the Bhoomi Poojan site.
The series has poetry recited by Umesh Joshi which becomes its soul. Those insightful and heart-touching words never fail to bring a smile to your face. The witty dialogues and the day-to-day conversation elicit laughter from you and make you feel as if you have said those things.
The six-part series is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
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