Episode 7 of the Hindi SitCom – Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi – can be summarized as – Bosses on Dinner!
Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
|Directors||:||Kundan Shah, Manjul Sinha, Raman Kumar|
|Opening Theme Singer||:||Kishore Kumar|
|Starring||:||Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi, Satish Shah, Tiku Talsania, Vijay Kashyap, Sulabha Arya, and others…|
When doing a job, it is necessary that your genuine and honest efforts must be taken note of, by your superiors. Based on your image in their vision you are usually get promoted. Self marketing is an art and one must have to be expert in the same, in order to achieve progress. If you do good work but if that is not conveyed properly to your superiors it may not be rewarding for you. That is why we see that in almost every office, there are people who got promoted with their only capability – to be good in his/her boss’ eye. Sometimes even genuine workers got sidelined due to lack of skills to promote themselves, and this is the bitter fact.
Anyway, let us not get philosophical or realistic here, but have a look at the content of this episode of Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, which revolves around boss-worker relations.
One day when Ranjit and Renu were getting ready for the office they got informed by Mr. Bhattacharya that he is very happy as he is double promoted in his office! Actually, Renu and Ranjit was discussing their own promotions. Both of them are seeking their promotions desperately but their efforts seems not paying well. They ask Bhattacharya the reason of his success and Bhattacharya let them know that, one day, he called his boss to his home for dinner and made him happy with good food of his boss’ choise, which resulted into his promotion. Ranjit and Renu decided to play the trick. However they both were having an argument that who is able to call his/her boss at home for dinner!
Ranjit in his office got to know that being a very genuine fellow, his boss, Mr. Gupta is a no-nonsense person. He judge a person from his work and not by any other means. When he was invited by any staff member for lunch or dinner he immediately understands the staff member’s intentions and refused to the invitation. Renu also got to know from her colleague Malti that their new boss is having not-mixing up- with the staff, kind of nature. So the situation is tricky for both of them, to invite their respective bosses at their home for dinner! But, as we know how intelligent our protagonists are, they will surely find the way to do what they intended to, right?
How both of them convince their bosses to come for a dinner to their home without informing each other (in order to surprise the spouse, you know) and how the mistaken identities lead to the comedy of errors is the rest of the story.
This episode is of course based on the situational comedies, but it takes a satirical look at employee’s tendency to woo his/her superior. If you watch the details, you will realize that, Mr. Bhattacharya who is promoted and himself is an officer, agree (or let us say, had to agree) to play a servant at Renu and Ranjit’s home! Reason?! Well, he is using their phone regularly! So, when you get a favor from others, you need to pay for that later, this is the ultimate truth. So we know how thoughtful the writing of the episode is. The human emotions and nature is weaved very correctly in the comic situations and harsh realities. The writer-director deserve praise for the same.
The background music is of course situational and the set is authentic to home of a slightly upper-middle class working family. Tiku Talsania and Satish Shah plays Boss and they are first rate. In fact, the famous punchlines “Yeh Kya Ho Raha Hai”, comes from here for Tiku. Their comic timings are superb. Shafi and Rakesh Bedi are as convincing and excellent as they are in all the episodes. This time Vijay Kashyap got more scope and see his body language to know how good actor he is. Swaroop is competent to these talents. If she can work more on her dialog delivery she is marvelous. In the climax scenes when she came from outside, we see a little smile on her face (for a fraction of time only), which is improper, we should rather have to see a little anger there. I must praise the dressing of all the characters for its reality factor.
Overall, nice episode with positive factors. Now a days, we miss TV serials which are simple and happening in day-to-day life. No fancy and not-so-true events, incidents and characters. Portrayal of a middle class environment very properly on the screen. You should go for it.