Gullak’s cast on why people love the present: ‘It reminds us of the best Hrishikesh Mukherjee films’ | Web Series

Gullak is one of the extra uncommon exhibits streaming on the Indian OTT area presently. The present, for one, doesn’t make use of the normal tropes seen in Indian net sequence. Then, its slice-of-life tone differentiates it from the normal thriller-action style populating Indian streaming platforms. Perhaps this freshness is what has made the unheralded present so successful. With the third season presently streaming on SonyLIV, we had the present’s cast–Jameel Khan, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vaibhav Raj Gupta–give Hindustan Times an perception into the recipe behind the present’s success. Also learn: Gullak season 3 review: This slice-of-life sequence manages a uncommon feat, retains getting higher every season

Gullak relies on the lives of the Mishra household, a typical middle-class Indian household in a small north Indian city. The present has been a sleeper hit. It wasn’t anticipated to be this common and profitable given how easy and undramatic a present it’s. Jameel Khan, who performs the Mishra household patriarch in the present, says it is all the way down to how relatable the tales are. He says, “I believe when something is written so beautifully and so much time is spent in creating it, it is served to us actors on a silver platter. Then, we have to just breathe life into it. And that is never difficult because we have seen these things around us. These are stories we have all lived and experienced. So, we reach into the hoard of emotions and experiences and portray them honestly. The beauty that exists in simplicity doesn’t exist elsewhere. When I read the script, it reminded me of the films by Basu Chatterjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, etc. That makes it click.”

Geetanjali Kulkarni, who performs Jameel’s on-screen spouse Shanti Mishra on the present, echoes his sentiments and provides, “We are all from middle class. We have all seen this atmosphere. These stories are from our lives. It is relatable. And I think that five episode cap is very nice. People feel the want for more, which is good.”

The actors say that if not the tales particularly, the feelings behind them are one thing most middle-class Indians can relate to. Jameel Khan says, “For instance, the concept of stealing loose change from parents to buy small things is something most can identify. I remember when I was young, I did not get pocket money. My parents said whatever you want just ask for it. But I was a fan of films and I felt hesitant asking for money for movie tickets very often. So, my cousin and I would steal old newspapers and sell the raddi to get money for movie tickets. Many would have similar stories.”

Jameel Khan plays the family patriarch Santosh Mishra in the show.
Jameel Khan performs the household patriarch Santosh Mishra in the present.

An fascinating side of the present is that regardless that it sometimes takes up social points like corruption and unemployment, it treats them in a light-hearted, non-preachy method. Talking about it, Geetanjali says, “These issues exist in everyone’s lives. We all go through most of these things so we know their significance. And the credit for making them simple goes to the writers. Making it preachy is very easy otherwise.”

Season three has acquired reward from the critics and followers already. And inside days of its launch, followers are already asking if there may be hope for a fourth se. The cast say they’re inundated with social media messages all year with followers asking about the subsequent season’s launch date. And it begins days after the present is launched. Vaibhav Raj Gupta–Annu Mishra on Gullak–shares, “As soon as Gullak season 2 released, it became a big hit. Barely a week after the show began streaming, I started getting messages about Gullak season 3. Everyone would ask me when is the date for the next season. People have been waiting for it so impatiently that it feels so good.”

In reality, Vaibhav says some followers’ depth goes a bit overboard. “I read all the messages but can’t reply to each and every one of them. There was this one person who had been messaging regularly asking about the next season. He started with a lovely tone. By the fourth day, bhai ne gaali deni shuru kar di (he started cussing). I wondered what flow is this. Then, seeing that intensity, I thought it merited a reply,” he tells us with amusing.

And it is not simply the viewers who look forward to it. The actors say they can not wait to get again on set both. Jameel Khan tells us, “We look forward to it, returning to the Gullak family. We look forward to shooting it again every year.”

Gullak is created by Shreyansh Pandey for SonyLIV underneath the banner of The Viral Fever. It additionally stars Harsh Mayar and Sunita Rajwar, and is narrated by Shivankit Singh. The third season premiered on the streaming app on April 7.



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