Metro Park Season 2 review: A light-hearted web series


As befits a second season, Metro Park, is extra of the identical, plus one. Plus three, truly. A new born child, a loving mummy, and a dishy childhood crush. The 12 half series chugs alongside, giving us slight, good-natured encounters with this Patel household in America, the seniors nonetheless clinging to their Gujarati accents and thrifty methods, the juniors studying what it’s to be youngsters in a strictly-monitored family. These Patels are additionally within the means of assimilating, and that’s what makes them a bit extra attention-grabbing.

Kalpesh Patel (Ranvir Shorey) is busy buffing up his comfort retailer, Pay&Run, with a watch on stepping into the insurance coverage enterprise. Payal (Purbi Joshi) has her magnificence parlour, however she desires to additionally flip right into a YouTube influencer. The youngsters (‘keeds’) are your commonplace teenage brown Americans, getting lectured by their anxious mother and father on the perils of pre-marital intercourse. Payal’s pregnant sister Kinjal (Tamotia) has delivered, and her South Indian husband Kannan (Omi Vaidya) is busy hovering round, giving her tips about find out how to be a very good mommy, whereas he smilingly geese daddy duties.

Ajayan Venugopalan and Aby Verghese know their topic, so there are not any false steps. The tone is determinedly middling, although. So no sharp edges in these 20-minute vignettes of up to date Gujjus in suburban America, the place the mayor desires the desi neighborhood to bat for him, and an occasional white woman pops up on the parlour for a free blowout. The omni-present Mummy (Sarita Joshi) is definitely not current in any respect, all due to a visa drawback, however ‘desis’ are nothing if not progressive. Wifi and face time zindabad, and presto, mummy is in the home.

Shorey and Joshi make a pleasant, lived-in couple. So do Vaidya and Tomatia. The travails of brand-new mother and father, with no live-in assist (see, that’s the place a visa-bearing mummyji would have are available in), the fond daddy’s love for all issues natural, the younger mommy studying the ropes, result in smiles. But a few threads develop into repetitive, even in brisk run-times: Joshi’s screen-time, for instance, turns into a bit uninteresting after a degree.

What perks issues up is the looks of Milind Soman, as a scorching dentist. Pitobash Tripathy, as the shop assistant, is strong proper by means of. There’s a lady again dwelling, and he desires to inform her he loves her however doesn’t understand how: Tripathy’s candy cluelessness is on level. As is Shorey’s Kalpesh, at all times trying to make a buck, stacking the cans that are near their sell-by date in entrance, however with a tender spot for the genuinely needy. The (*2*) is in place. So is the ‘dil’: cash is to be made, however with coronary heart.


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