In a sea of crime and grime, the light-heartedness of family quirks that Jamnadas Majethia and Aatish Kapadia consistently serve is a welcome change. After family fare like Wagle Ki Duniya and Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, chuckle over dhoklas in an upper-crust high-rise apartment where three tiers of Dholakias reside in perfect disharmony. Granny Hemlata (Ratna Pathak Shah), sometimes old-fashioned, sometimes Instagram generation, who can light many a fire with her sharp-tongued observations, is a delight. A complete foil to her mischief is husband Mansukhlal Dholakia (Raj Babbar) who calmly puts out every fire in the family. The grand old couple that has stayed together, kept the brood together and takes jibes at each other, is the grandpa and grandma familiar in most joint families.
Son Ramesh (Atul Kulkarni) as the eternal chemist ready to pull out meds in the oddest of situations is hilarious. His wife Pallavi (Ayesha Jhulka looking good) is the do-gooder who takes on the household routine without giving it a thought until Hemlata sparks off another of her family stand-off. A host of other characters walk in and out, making a cohesively written sitcom that has situations seen in most families. A son who’s moving out with his wife, another in the US who got married in LA, reactions ranging from outraged to new age.
There are many sequences that make you smile. Like Ramesh discovering that he’s the last to know about his son’s plans. Making the silly seem entertaining is not easy. It’s a combination of straightforward writing, clear direction and veteran performances that make Dholakia Ki Duniya a happy weekend watch.
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