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Feb. 28, 2020India119 Min.
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REVIEW: Enthusiastic about pornography, Sunny (Shardul Rana) sometimes appears hitting on the landlord’s daughter, while his perpetually anxious father Sunil (Manu Rishi Chadha) is on the point of being divorced to his mad wife Priya (Mahie Gill). There are intrusive neighbours, a speech-impaired friend and homosexual stereotypes generously thrown in for some questionable comic relief. These bizarre characters set the tone with their parallel narratives.

Carelessly sidelined until now, the bed ridden grandmother (biji) could be that the one who actually binds them together. It has been 30 long years since the authoritative Darshan Kaur had seen the Earth, however, she wakes up to find everything unchanged. The rationale The physician advocates she must not be put through any stressful scenario, which comprises the sudden shock of adapting to a whole new universe — a new generation, new gadgets and the new-age individuals with ideas far different from those of her own time. Therefore the family does what they could to finish the clock backward. This means bringing the old-world charm over the four walls of the home and altering the decor with all that’s timeless. Not just that, your loved ones and acquaintances also pull in their wit and might to enact an information bulletin on television, just like how it had been presented from the Doordarshan era. The sole difference is they speak about current affairs, that your sweet old granny is oblivious to. The scenes are put to elicit humor, and yes they did have potential, too, but they neglect to do so. And the rest of the story unfolds if she steps from her house and sees the real world, without the filters or even cover-ups.

The climax seems crammed in the final few frames, aimlessly racing through the critical character’s journey. This leaves the audience with pointless fragments of conclusive statements. Director Gagan Puri’s’Doordarshan’ had a intriguing plot at hand and there was much he could do with it, but he only about scrapes the top. Even the music of the film fails to complement the scenes. However, a couple of mental moments do manage to shine through.

Dolly Ahluwalia, being the final one to grab the spotlight, clearly struggles to devote her melodramatic persona, but she’s not the only one that under-performs in this picture. Rajesh Sharma and Supriya Shukla’s ordinary dialogues do nothing to add to the humour or drama. In all this, it really is Mahie Gill who stands outside with her handsome action.

Even the biji, who is just woken around another world, sets her worth to use (which some might believe old world ) to fix a couple of troubles, including social relationships and family dynamics. But sadly, that couldn’t correct the film as a whole.

Original title Doordarshan
IMDb Rating 6.4 868 votes
TMDb Rating 1 1 votes

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