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Dil Bekaraar - Enjoyable Family Drama

Dil Bekaraar, is a comedy family drama series, released this November on Disney+ Hotstar. The trailer which appeared to be set up in 1980s background was compelling. It is the adoption of novel "Those Pricey Thakur Girls" written by Anuja Chauhan. These two reasons were convincing enough for me to watch the series.

                                           

(Photo credit: Disney+ Hotstar)

Directed by Habib Faisal, the story revolves around the family of retired Justice LN Thakur and his five daughters, based at New Delhi and love story between the protagonists.  The cast includes Raj Babbar (LN Thakur), Poonam Dhillon (Mamta, LN Thakur's wife), Akshay Oberoi (Dylan Singh Shekhawat, protagonist), Sahher Bambha (Debjani aka Dabbu - one of Thakur's daughter and Dylan's love interest), Padmini Kolhapure (Thakur's brother's wife), Chandrachur Singh (Health Minister).

Dylan is a journalist, striving hard to prove himself by writing a powerful byline. He is the son of LN Thakur's close friend. Debjani is an aspiring English newsreader at Deshdarpan (Doordarshan). The story is not just limited to the romance between Dylan and Debjani, but includes comedy and drama amongst Thakur's pariwar and a political plot that led to Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984, which Dylan tries to expose.

While the family drama and romance tries to capture the viewers attention, the comedy and political elements doesn't. I felt, the characters of LN Thakur's brother (AN Thakur), his cuss word speaking and paan chewing wife, his maid with whom he has an extra-marital affair, his son who is projected as very feeble and trying to become a man (mard), could have been downplayed. Instead of investing time on these characters, director could have strengthened the political plot. The last episode was highly dramatic and messy.

But I wouldn't complain much, as this series is a treat for those who love to relive 80s memories. Gold spot, Campa Cola, telegrams, typewriters, cordless phones, video games, old currency notes, of course everyone's favourite Doordarshan (renamed as Deshdarpan in this series) and soothing old melody songs, will surely take you back in time. I should admit, I felt disappointed for not able to hear the montage tune of Doordarshan.

On the whole, Dil Bekaraar is an enjoyable family drama and surely takes you back to the good old days 😍

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