Dil Bekaraar: a nostalgic trip to life in the 80s suffused with an old-world charm
New Delhi, December 27, 2021
In this high tech age, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the prime media of communication. The market is flooded with media channels and digital platforms dishing out a diverse range of shows and where face to face exchange of sweet nothings between a boy and a girl has been replaced by messaging and WhatsApp.
However, many of us yearn for the days of yore when life was charming, beautiful and uncomplicated and when our judgement of the world around us was not clouded by the plethora of news channels, each of them bringing to us their perspective of the news and happenings.
For many of us who have grown up watching the charming and halcyon life in the 80s where letters, telephones and telegrams were the only means of communications; where the meeting of eyes and exchange of sweet nothings marked the beginning of a sweet romance between a boy and a girl, the new web series Dil Bekaraar takes us on a nostalgic trip to that era.
Dil Bekaraar , being streamed on Disney Hotstar, follows the sweet and sour life of the Thakur family in the Delhi of the 1980s.
Retired justice L N Thakur and his wife Mamta are residing in the Hailey Road locality in Lutyen's Delhi of the 80s. Parents to five beautiful but troublesome daughters, the life of the Thakur couple is a crazy roller coaster ride. Laxmi Narayan Thakur and Mamta Thakur spend their lives constantly filled with anxiety over the future of their five alphabetically named daughters - Anjini, Binodini, Chandrakanta, Debjani and Eshwari.
While their first daughter Anjini (Sukhmani Sadana), married to a US based businessman, is troubled over the lack of attention from her husband due to his busy work schedule and is looking to have an IVF baby, their second daughter Binodini, married to an Agra-based small- time businessmen, is very worried about her children's share in the family property and has been pestering her parents for help to fund unsuccessful business ideas of her husband.
The third daughter is Chandrakanta, who eloped with a foreigner on the eve of her wedding, is a forgotten chapter for the Thakur couple. The most mature and sensible among their daughters is Debjani Thakur (Sahher Bambba), a forward looking woman who is a news anchor at the state-owned DeshDarshan, a much coveted post in the 80s. The fiery Debjani is a champion of all the stray animals on Hailey Road.
The fifth daughter Eshwari (Medha Shankar), studying in Modern School, Barakhamba Road, is looking to make a mark as a basketball player. A popular face in her school due to her looks and proficiency in sports, Eshwari is a favourite with Justice Laxmi Narayan Thakur.
While taking viewers through a roller coaster ride of emotions with the happenings in the family of justice Thakur, Dil Bekaraar primarily focusses on the bitter sweet love story of Debjani and journalist Dylan Shekhawat (Akshay Oberoi) and the ideological clash between the couple.
We are also given a glimpse in life of Mamta's Devrani (Padmini Kolhapure) who is having a troubled married life due to the affair of her husband with his maid.
Director Habib Faisal transports us into the charming and beautiful life of the 80s when the digital revolution had not made Inroads into the communication space between individuals.
The story of the Thakur family and the romance between Debjani Thakur and Dylan Shekhawat has an old world charm about it.
The writer and the director take us on a nostalgic trip with an authentic portrayal of the 80s era .
The biggest USP of the series is however the performance by the cast, especially the veteran actors Raj Babbar, Poonam Dhillon and Padmini Kolhapure
Raj Babbar is brilliant as retired justice L N Thakur who spends his days anxiously, filled with worries and trepidation on the future of his five daughters.
As his wife Mamta, Poonam Dhillon is effective. Padmini Kolhapure too is impressive as Mamta's Devrani who is constantly hyper and overdramatic, constantly complaining about her husband's affair with his maid and her son’s pusilanimity.
Sahher Bambbaa gives a spirited performance as the fiery, progressive and forward looking Debjani who displays maturity and intelligence way beyond her age. He interactions with Akshay Oberoi are a treat to watch. They share a sparkling chemistry in the series.
After a dignified portrayal as Babar's wife in The Empire, Sahher Bambbaa again makes her presence felt. She is definitely a face to watch out for in Bollywood
Akshay Oberoi is effective as the cocky journalist Dylan Shekhawat.
Medha Shankar comes up with a breezy portrayal as Eshwari Thakur. She looks cute and adorable as Eshwari.
The rest of the cast, including Tej Sapru, Suhel Seth and Sukhmani Sadana lend able support
My rating: 4/5