When it comes to series, The Office comes in the top ten lists. Whether it is the UK version or the US version, everyone has memories of these series. So, when Hotstar decided to make an Indian version of it, the feedback was divided. Indian cinema has taken constant inspiration from Hollywood, but since two decades, this has been a win win situation for both, but not that much for the audience. Here’s our complete review of the Hotstar Original, The Office
The Office is set in an office in Faridabad, Wilkins Chawla, and the employees. There’ Jagdeep Chaddha, the boss, there’s Pammi, the receptionist and the other employees, Salim, T.P Mishra, Amit, Naveen, Riya, Kutti, Anjali, Sarla, Rinchin, so on so forth. Someone has decided to shoot the proceedings in this office, and this gives a very intimate view into the day to day life of office goers – sometimes cringe worthy.
What’s Wow : The Office is inherently entertaining. The way it handles the various aspects of small-town life, misogyny, patriarchy, being politically incorrect, so on and so forth is commendable. Indian film makes have used these concepts for serious series and films for a long time. But as they say, poking fun at a problem is the simplest way to create an awareness about it. So, the script writers take a page out of the greatest entertainer, Charlie Chaplain’s books – he who poked fun at Hitler and ultimately made him as much of a comic character as a mad despot.
Mukul Chadda, who plays the boss Jagdeep, is the most screen time in this one, and he makes great use of it. His chemistry with Gopal Dutt, as TP, is one for the ages. That’s not to say that the other characters aren’t good. The writers use them ‘swad the anusar’ and that’s what really works for the series.
The note at which the first series ends is a classic as well. It’s interesting to see that even without a very strong build up, the emotional note at the end makes sense. Here’s looking for another season quickly.
What’s Blah : Nothing
Parting Shot : The Office is surprisingly Indian and works for the audience.
Cast & Crew :
Cast: Mukul Chaddha, Gopal Dutt, Sayandeep Sengupta, Shailesh Yadav, Samridhi Dewan, Gauhar Khan, Gavin Methalaka, Priyanka Setia, Preeti Kochar, Sunil Jetly, Chien Ho Liao
Watch the trailer here :