The show’s season 2 is out on Amazon Prime Video now
There is nothing much to write about the first season but just to set the premise and for those who haven’t seen the first season of Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare- Zakir Khan plays the role of Ronny, an aimless 25 years old lad from the streets of Indore who claims in his circle that his uncle is a local MLA while that’s not true. He comes from a middle-class family and like any middle-class family, his parents are always worried about his future and his lack of ambition. There is a one-sided romantic angle too where he is trying to woo a girl who is his friend, but in a ‘Kabhi Haa Kabhi Naa‘ way ends up losing her.
Chacha Vidhayak Hai Humare S02 review:
Zakir Khan has amassed a strong fanbase by now. Fans who go around quoting his lines from his shows or wearing it proudly on their T-shirt- the most famous of that being “Sakht Launda”. So it’s no wonder that OML is trying to take advantage of this image of Zakir’s and replicate it on the screen. And it’s fairly evident from Ronny’s entry scene where there is a build-up to it and he arriving in a slo-mo shot and shown doing bike stunts(Really?). In the background, there is a euphoric slogan chant of- “Daal Baati Churma, Ronny Bhaiya Surma”. We instantly know that Ronny’s face will be plastered in every frame of the show. I am trying to think of the story but there is no story except that Ronny is trying to get a ticket for the City Councilor. There are obstacles between him and the ticket as there is another candidate Vicky Maheshwari(played by Sunny Hinduja) who comes back from the US after his father’s (who was the ex-Councilor) death and is also vying for Chachaji’s (played by Abhimanyu Singh) attention.
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What Doesn’t Work-
Chacha Vidhayak Hai Humare S02 has many opportunities to provide conflicts and go all out with it. But it seems like the writers (Ayush Tiwari, Zakir Khan, and Utkarsh Porwal) lifted their pens from the paper while writing every time a conflict tries to move forward. They didn’t want to wreck the Jenga that they had built or like they say- “Sab kuch sahi chal raha hai toh chalne do”.
There were great possibilities to make Ronny’s face-off with Vicky meatier which the creators tried but it all conveniently settles down in the end. Ronny’s parents and his sister were just props in this season. All Ronny’s father does is rebuke him for his existence but doesn’t play a role in taking the story forward. Chacha ji played by Abhimanyu Singh looks the part of a quintessential small-town politician his trying-to-show-something-bad-is-gonna-happen expression gets tiring after a point. Because nothing actually happens. Also, he doesn’t come across as a menacing villain because he or his allies aren’t shown doing any kind of villanious activities.
There are three writers involved in the show but dialogues are a letdown. If dialogues weren’t helping, atleast an effort should have made to fill the gaps between silences because Zakir isn’t an actor who can shoulder the responsibility of a protagonist who has great acting talent. Generally speaking, he exactly has three expressions. You will see one of his ‘selfie face’ expressions a lot- the expression that got famous in his popular ‘When I Met a Delhi Girl’ stand-up act. If he wants to do acting for a living, he should try to learn it academically.
Zakir tries to tap into the atmospheric construction of the city of Indore. Whether it’s Jagrata or the Samosa Chai stall or the name dropping of Apna Sweets or Sarafa Bazaar. The mood of the series is light and breezy. Vicky Maheshwari was a good addition to the mix as he provides some break from the flatness. I wish he had more devious plans. If you are willing to look over the loopholes, it’s an endearing watch for the weekend. The last speech of Zakir on the stage is a standout performance.
Chacha Vidhayak Hai Humare S02 portrays Zakir as the ‘Raja Babu’ who has absolutely no appealing qualities yet people adore him and want to impress him. The show is an extended Tik-Tok video that is kind of entertaining and one can pick it up from anywhere and yet won’t miss anything.
P.S.- How can you not show Poha in any scene if you are making a series in Indore??