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Here’s a film that gives you a slice of life of a lower Indian middle class family. Their family of four, in the beginning is shown to be at odds with each other. There is the usual set of quarrels for something or the other, and especially for materialistic things. But, as the incidents unfold, we witness love, understanding, and respect develop underneath those constant bickerings.
At the center of the film is the issue of The Great Indian Dream, that includes buying a car as a symbol of upward social mobility. This aspect is highlighted in Duggal’s sister’s apprehensions about the taunts she would have to bear, or his daughter’s reluctance to ride to college on her father’s scooter.
The matter of buying a car in Duggal’s family reaches resolution only when Duggal’s pride and values are at attack by the same society.
All this drama has been shown in the context of life of a school teacher, Mr. Duggal. All the numbers of money uttered in the family depict their inability to buy a car, let alone afford down payment. The job of a school teacher, who shapes the future leaders of the nation, yet is paid such meagre income he is not able to afford a basic luxury, is highly criticised.
What emerges victorious in the end above immoral decisions and society’s pressure are the core values of Duggal as a teacher and family love.
A realistic representation, the film gains momentum with daily life comedy, brilliant characterisation, and acting by Rishi and Neetu Kapoor, Aditi Vasudev, and Archit Krishna.
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