Home Shanti review: Ghar Ho Toh Aisa
What: Home Shanti – the season 1 of Disney Hotstar’s new family slice of life drama starring Supriya Pathak, Manoj Pahwa in lead by Aakanksha Dua is refreshingly feel good.
OTT web series Home Shanti season 1 synopsis
Sarla Joshi (Supriya Pathak) Vice Principal of a college is about to retire in three months. Sarla is leading a normal life in her house with her poet husband Umesh Joshi (Manoj Pahwa) and two teenage kids Jigyasa (Chakori Dwivedi) and Naman (Poojan Chhabra). Sarla is saving money from her salary for the last twenty years to make her dream – her own house come true. The six-episode series is how the Joshi family goes through various struggles to turn their dream home into a reality.
Ghar ghar ki apne sapno ke ghar ki kahaani
Dehradun ke Joshi pariwaar ki jubaani
The Joshi’s in Home Shanti are a familiar lot, it can be you, your neighbour or a family member or a friend. If you are born and brought up in an Indian middle-class milieu, especially in the Hindi heartland than you will enter the Home Shanti household with a warm welcome.
The adorable good-natured poet Umesh Joshi (Manoj Pahwa) will make you smile even though he is not reliable when it comes to practical and financial matters.
The kids – Jigyasa and Naman dream of a bath tub and gym of their own.
The boss of the house Sarala wants her space, her study library where she can relish Tagore and Tolstoy during her retirement days.
Each episode of the series explores the hurdles the Joshi’s face while their dream home is getting constructed. Right from Bhoomi Pujan in the first episode to the name plate chapter in the last episode, the Joshi’s fight their inner demons, come together as a team and realise their dreams.
The striking day to day normal simple life atmosphere in the series that has been maintained throughout is the biggest highlight.
The emotions are real, the situations are realistic and the treatment/narration is simply free like a flowing water.
Yes, you will find clichés, situations placed to suit the narrative but a couple of surprise sly humour with a ting makes Home Shanti gets its individuality, Kavi Raj Umesh poetry from time to time and the surprisingly interestingly sketched character of the contractor Pappu Pathak (Happy Ranajit).
Some actors never go wrong, Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa are striking examples.
Bringing her theatre experience to the fullest Supriya Pathak nails it as Sarala Joshi.
Manoj Pahwa as poet Umesh is a delight throughout and the actor is outstanding.
The kids are fabulous as well
Chakori Dwivedi as Jigyasa Joshi scores on her spontaneity while Poojan Chhabra as Naman Joshi scores on his innocent and boyish charm.
Happy Ranajit as the contractor Pappu Pathak is fantastic.
Some may compare the Joshi’s of Home Shanti with the Mishra’s of Gullak, but both are different in its approach, theme and treatment. The first season of Home Shanti warmly welcomes its target audience who are familiar with middle class milieu and have gone through the sacrifices that an aam middle class person makes to have the dream of their dream home come through. Do enter the home of Joshi’s on Disney + Hotstar you will be welcomed with a familiar warmth and will come out with a smile on your face.