Doordarshan Movie Review: A comedy of errors

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MOVIE STORY: A dysfunctional family winds back the clock to the Doordarshan age when Darshan Kaur (Dolly Ahluwalia) comically wakes up after a long, coma-induced slumber.

REVIEW: Obsessed with porn, Sunny (Shardul Rana) is seen hitting the landlord’s daughter, while his perpetually anxious father Sunil (Manu Rishi Chadha) is on the verge of getting divorced to his mad wife Priya (Mahie Gill). Meanwhile, there are intrusive neighbours, a speech-impaired buddy and gay stereotypes liberally thrown in for some questionable comic relief. The tone was set by these eccentric characters with their narratives.

It’s been 30 long years since the authoritative Darshan Kaur had last seen the world, nevertheless, she wakes up to find everything unchanged. The reason: The physician advises that she shouldn’t be placed through any stressful situation, which comprises the sudden shock of adapting to a whole new world ⁠– a new creation, new gadgets and the new-age individuals with ideas far different from those of her time.

It means bringing the old-world charm within the four walls of the home and transforming the decoration with all that’s vintage. Not just that, neighbours and the family also pull in wit and all their might to enact a news bulletin on television, exactly like how it was presented in the Doordarshan era.

The difference is they discuss current affairs, which the sweet old granny is oblivious to. They neglect to do so, and yes they did have potential although the scenes are set to evoke humour. And the rest of the story unfolds when she sees the world and steps, with no filters or cover-ups.

The climax seems crammed into the last few frames rushing through the pivotal character’s journey. This leaves pointless fragments of statements that are conclusive to the audience. Interestingly, the plot of the comedy of errors faintly reminds you of Doordarshan’s favorite 80s series,’Daadi Maa Jaagi’.

Director Gagan Puri’s’Doordarshan’ had an interesting plot and there was much he could do with it, but he just about scrapes on the surface. Even the music of this movie fails to complement the scenes. A couple of emotional moments do manage to shine through.

Dolly Ahluwalia, being the one to grab the spotlight struggles to commit to her character that is melodramatic, but she’s not. Manu Rishi Chadha comebacks and shardul Rana’s delayed reactions don’t quite land. Rajesh Sharma and Supriya Shukla’s average dialogues do nothing to add to drama or the humour. In all this, it is Mahie Gill who stands out with her fine act in Doordarshan movie.

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The biji, who’s just woken up to a different world, puts her values to use (which some may consider old-world) to fix a few new-age problems, including interpersonal relationships and family dynamics. But sadly, that could not fix the film as a whole.

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