A Misadventure in America

Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki

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What's it about? After long, there is a new show where a male protagonist will stand up to the face challenges on behalf of his family. Sanskaar – Dharohar Apnon Ki is the story of Jai Kishan Vaishnav, the oldest son of the Vaishnav family of Keshavgarh. Having completed his education, he is looking forward to joining the family business. However, in what is a clichéd sub-plot, his family mill is burnt down. The crisis forces Jai to search for a job in the US. The family isn't too happy, but the hero promises to return as soon as he has made enough money to support them. The show then explores his adventures in a new country and how, despite the diverse culture, he sticks to Indian traditions.

Who's in it? Jay Soni, popular for his role in Sasural Genda Phool, plays Jai. Aruna Irani as Ansu Baa is the authoritative yet loving matriarch of the household. Rasik Dave and Sonali Sachdev are Jai's parents. Hasmukh, Jai's paternal uncle, played by Rajendra Chawla, displays grey shades. The camaraderie between Ramila (Supriya Shukla) and Ketki (Divya Bhatnagar), two other female members of the family, is strictly meant to add comic relief.

What's hot? Watching a male protagonist offers relief among the general entertainment programming, making it stand out. Ansu Baa's character is interesting. She wears sindoor even after her husband's death — she believes it is a way to keep him alive in her life. Traditions here are viewed at a personal level and not confused with superstition.

What's not? The show is highly inspired by Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, especially the camaraderie between the mother and son. In fact, the first episode had the mother praying to her idol when she feels the footsteps of her son, and rest is as seen in the film. The show thrives on clichés. Jai's journey to the US is possibly the most oft-repeated story in Bollywood and on Indian TV. The production quality is dismal — the exterior shots of the US are repeated, and actors with fake accents play cops and neighbours.

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