TV Review: Jhilmil Sitaron Ka Aangan Hoga

This aangan doesn’t sparkle

Monday – Friday, 9 pm, SaharaOne

Cast : Sudha Chandran, Rakesh Paul, Pankaj Tiwari, Shriya Jha

Rating: *

Jhilmil Sitaron Ka Aangan Hoga is the newest offering from the Rajshris. Sadly, much as we love the song, the show also has the feel of ‘80s. Just a few days ago, I was watching the Hema Malini film Jamai Raja. It had Malini as the saas who tries to separate her daughter (Madhuri Dixit) from her husband (Anil Kapoor).

Jhilmil… is about one Mrs Raichand (we are told, she belongs to one of the richest families in Indore), a husband who lives with her and three daughters — Chandana, Jharna and Angana. If Chandana is the ‘swabhimaani’ daughter, Jharna is the ‘abhimaani’ and Angana, the apple of everyone’s eye. There are two sons-in-law too who worship the ground their mother-in-law walks on. The father-in-law is a hapless figure who doesn’t want Angana to marry anyone of her mother’s choice, he wants a son-in-law who would keep his daughter happy than be someone who will happily forget his responsibilities and give up his self respect to live in his wife’s mansion!

At the time of writing, Mrs Raichand and the eldest son-in-law have arranged Angana’s marriage to one Pappu! The father and Angana are obviously against the marriage. Meanwhile, there is Akash, a middle class bechara type who we know will eventually become Mr Angana Raichand and teach her and her mother a lesson or two in pati aur patni ki responsibilities.

The show reeks of stereotypes — a mother who automatically becomes the vamp because she makes the rules, a father who becomes a figure of sympathy because he doesn’t have a say in family matters , one son-in-law who takes advantage of the family he is married into, while another is a bumbling idiot with an equally ditsy wife!

Sad that while on one hand we claim to live in the 21st century, some of our TV producers seem to be stuck in some sort of a time warp, churning out shows as old as hills.

There is not one actor in the cast worth writing about. The women dress to the nines and the men are in shiny churidar kurtas! Our heart goes out to Sudha Chandran who has to make do with such roles. As the matriarch, she does her best but what is distracting are her heavily kohl-ed eyes, a big dot of a bindi, shiny bangles and the heavily done-up face… all she does is smirk and snigger while her makeup and jewellery do the rest of the talking!

The show had an interesting premise of daughters staying back at their parents’ home while their husbands come to them. It could have been a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek look at the concept of ghar jamais but then we are talking Barjatyas here, for them to even endorse such a thought is sacrilege. Sigh!

Verdict: Doesn’t live up to the expectations.

By: Kshama Rao

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