It’s virtually 2021, and we’re nonetheless listening to dialogues like “shaadi ki thi, mazaa nahin aaya,” and these aren’t simply stray dialogues, however are written in a method to be the punch strains for laugh-out-loud jokes. The sitcom, or slightly the tried sitcom in query is Sandwiched Ceaselessly, which is at the moment streaming on SonyLIV. The present is confused, and we’re certain so are the makers — provided that at instances it oscillates between being a social comedy, involving mother and father and concrete life, then there are the political wisecracks, and to not overlook, the sexual puns and innuendos. When does this finish? Solely after 15 episodes which are half-hour lengthy. And on this unbearably lengthy period, the canned laughter, which performs in each minute, may simply prepare you in a Pavlovian method to slap your self out of the coma that you simply may slip into whereas watching this cringefest, disguised as a comedy.
Sandwiched Ceaselessly is a couple of younger city couple Naina and Sameer, who find yourself residing in an condo on the identical ground as their respective mother and father. On one facet is the strict father of the bride (Atul Kulkarni), and a aura-reading mom (Lubna Salim). The daddy of the bride clearly doesn’t approve of the groom, performed by Aditya Roy Kapoor. On the opposite facet are the groom’s mother and father, 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 ‘nationwide degree badminton participant’. 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 unique didn’t work, and effectively neither does the ‘impressed model’.
Nothing, and we stress on the nothing, is humorous concerning the sitcom. We see garish loud colors, excessive eye rolls, and actors who don’t really want to show their price, however as a substitute are discovered hamming. Ahana Kumra, Atul Kulkarni and Aditya Roy Kapoor have confirmed that they’re respectable actors, if solely they’ve a working script. However 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 house is now what we will time period a ‘geographical indicator’. The shortage of intimacy and the resultant conditions have been documented because the time of Basu Chatterjee, and consider us Sandwiched Ceaselessly 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 simply make you shake your head in disbelief. Including one other layer of disgust are the strains that are sexual innuendoes, however ‘intercourse’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’re so loud that you simply may want sun shades to defend your self from such garishness. The three residences, designed to mirror the three totally different households residing in them, appear to be a ‘gandi copy’ — thanks Weight loss plan Sabya for the reference — of Pinterest boards of dwelling decor.
That is our Christmas current to you – we watched Sandwiched Ceaselessly, so that you don’t need to. In case you are craving a dose of Hindi comedy watch reruns of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, or if you’ll find, Dekh Bhai Dekh.