Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was an iconic series that stood out because of its freshness and an amazing content. The series seemed short lived in hindsight and the makers behind the show decided to solve that by coming up with a web series, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2.
Quite frankly, this was a litmus test for the streaming industry. To begin with, most of the people who’d be the target market of the streaming industry would be kids when the show first aired. Apart from the videos that showed the previous series, all that the filmmakers had to bank on was a wave of nostalgia and brand loyalty. Audiences have seen remakes and spinoffs of iconic series fall by the wayside when launched. Does Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai stand apart, or does it join the list of roadkill?
There’s no way to put it better – Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2 is a winner all the way. It has this authentic Indian charm that it’s carried from the previous series. The jokes are amazingly subtle, the chemistry among the characters is way beyond anything we’ve seen in a while and there’s not a dot of regressive in the story or the even the characters.
Audiences who have weaned on the foreign series will feel completely at home watching the humour in Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai Take 2.
More than being a series, SVST2 is a slap on the face of all pundits who say that Indian audiences don’t like anything other than the saas-bahu series or faux mythological series. Here’s a bold, intelligent comedy that’s decided to hold its own against the mindless drivel that thrives on our streaming services.
What’s WOW : Almost everything about the series is a wow, the performances, the script, the humour. This one is a winner.
What’s Blah: While we can’t find anything negative with the series itself, we have a bone to pick with Hotstar. Streaming services were supposed to be subscription based, but Hotstar is bringing the inane idea of two-ads and a series. Hotstar has a ‘channel defining’ series in its hands, and they shouldn’t go back to the ad plan, at least for this one.
Parting Shot: A must watch for anyone wanting to see the best of Indian streaming products.
Cast: Ratna Pathak Shah, Satish Shah, Sumeet Raghavan, Rupali Ganguly, Rajesh Kumar
Writer and Director: Bhanu Pratap Singh
You can watch the first episode on official Hotstar website
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