It’s nearly 2021, and we’re nonetheless listening to dialogues like “shaadi ki thi, mazaa nahin aaya,” and these will not be simply stray dialogues, however are written in a method to be the punch traces for laugh-out-loud jokes. The sitcom, or reasonably the tried sitcom in query is Sandwiched Forever, which is at the moment streaming on SonyLIV. The present is confused, and we’re certain so are the makers — on condition that at instances it oscillates between being a social comedy, involving dad and mom and concrete life, then there are the political wisecracks, and to not overlook, the sexual puns and innuendos. When does this finish? Only after 15 episodes which might be 30 minutes lengthy. And on this unbearably lengthy period, the canned laughter, which performs in each minute, would possibly simply prepare you in a Pavlovian method to slap your self out of the coma that you simply would possibly slip into whereas watching this cringefest, disguised as a comedy.
Sandwiched Forever is a couple of younger city couple Naina and Sameer, who find yourself dwelling in an condominium on the identical flooring as their respective dad and mom. On one facet is the strict father of the bride (Atul Kulkarni), and a aura-reading mom (Lubna Salim). The father of the bride clearly doesn’t approve of the groom, performed by Aditya Roy Kapoor. On the opposite facet are the groom’s dad and mom, supposedly easy small-town people, the Shastris from Kanpur, and in between are the ‘Sandwiched couple’ Sameer and Naina. Sameer is a sport designer, and Naina is a ‘national level badminton player’. We by no means know what degree, or what tournaments she has performed in.
One is reminded of the sitcom Indebted, which solely aired for one season on NBC. The present had an aged couple transfer in with their son and his household. The authentic didn’t work, and properly neither does the ‘inspired version’.
Nothing, and we stress on the nothing, is humorous in regards to the sitcom. We see garish loud colors, excessive eye rolls, and actors who don’t actually need to show their price, however as an alternative are discovered hamming. Ahana Kumra, Atul Kulkarni and Aditya Roy Kapoor have confirmed that they’re first rate actors, if solely they’ve a working script. But this try at an city comedy falls flat on it’s face, and leaves us bewildered, with the sensation that perhaps we’re in a time wrap, and have transported ourselves to the slapstick 90s, the place a spouse joke and a wedding punchline have been the one issues trending in native mushairas and Kavi sammelans.
Mumbai residences and their lack of area is now what we will time period a ‘geographical indicator’. The lack of intimacy and the resultant conditions have been documented for the reason that time of Basu Chatterjee, and consider us Sandwiched Forever provides nothing to the dialogue. Oh and it doesn’t simply finish right here. The present additionally makes an attempt to crack a slick political jibe, with a crack on the CAA-NRC and such issues, however they only make you shake your head in disbelief. Adding one other layer of disgust are the traces that are sexual innuendoes, however ‘sex’o’ clock, and ‘lust-go’ are one-liners that even the ageing millennials have stopped utilizing. A gag about utilizing a condom to close off a leaking faucet, makes you need to poke your eyes out.
A particular point out of the units. They are so loud that you simply would possibly want sun shades to protect your self from such garishness. The three residences, designed to mirror the three completely different households dwelling in them, seem like a ‘gandi copy’ — thanks Diet Sabya for the reference — of Pinterest boards of residence decor.
This is our Christmas current to you – we watched Sandwiched Forever, so that you don’t should. If you might be craving a dose of Hindi comedy watch reruns of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, or if you could find, Dekh Bhai Dekh.