Yeh Meri Family : Summer of '98
I watched TVF's recently released dramedy 'Yeh Meri Family' after reading a tweet about it. Then when I was in the second episode a friend recommended it to me just the moment I was about to recommend the same to her. Just like telepathy. Then, I knew this adorable story of a 12-year-old Harshu and his family in The Summer of '98 was a very special one.
This 7 episode series has found a place in my heart. I would recommend it to everyone who has lived in the 90s. We live life in retrospect and nostalgia. This one offers lots of that. Even the title song is so down to earth- not showy, yet with a potpourri of feels. I sincerely hope that there is a Season 2 to this amazing series.
The baby sister Dhwani aka Chitthi is such an adorable comic relief in tensed situations. She would compete with her brothers in drinking Bournvita first, teach her stuffed animals to behave well and utter such cute one-liners.
Harshu's father was an awesome character complete with hidden talents. A smart adviser for mutual funds investments in every episode; a person with a big heart and a sizable tummy as well. And yes, he also usually forgot which class his son was in, just like most fathers did. Sameer Saxena is the creator and director of this series- the one who had created The Permanent Roommates and Tripling. I am in awe of this person now.
After so long we have a series that is solely for family viewing. Watch it because it is worth it. A trip down the memory lane about those uncomplicated days when smartphones had not yet conquered our lives; when days were simpler and interesting even without Instastories and status updates; and weekends were about meeting friends and going out on family dinners to the similar family restaurants. It will surely strike a chord with those born or brought up in the 90s in a middle-class family. I was like "this happened to me -and this too -and this too -exactly the same way" throughout. You can almost see your own family in this one. One of the best binge-watch of the year.