Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan is one of those books that lends itself to a show without problems. The characters, the setting, the medium – when you first read it, you know this could be a movie or a show. So it’s no wonder the popular novel has another version on screen, and this time it’s in the form of a web series titled Dil Bekaraar on Disney Plus Hotstar. Set in the 1980s, in Lutyens’ Delhi, the show centers on Debjani Thakur (Sahher Bambba) and Dylan Shekhawat (Akshay Oberoi) as they fall in love with their nosy relatives who stare at them with bated breath.
In typical ’80s style, the show begins with an old Bajaj ad and instantly transports you back to the era of rotary phones and TV news that really mattered. With light sepia tones and a constant barrage of ’70s and’ 80s Hindi music in the background, Dil Bekaraar won’t let you forget that this is a vintage piece. In the first two episodes, you are introduced to the Thakurs who know only two ways of life for their daughters: getting married or working.
When Debjani has the opportunity to become a news reader for a television station, she falls to instant fame and finds an admirer in the neighbor’s son, Dylan, who works as a journalist. Their chemistry of will, no, it’s adorable and it’s one of the main reasons you stay on the show. Medha Shankar’s Eeshwari lights up the screen here. While she’s not very 80s, her nonchalant demeanor combined with her strong screen presence makes her look like a promising performer.
In terms of storytelling, it’s as straightforward as it could be. There are some political overtones in his dialogues, but they are enough to make one wonder that the world hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years.
The addition of old Hindi songs to almost every Debjani-Dylan scene seems like an exaggeration. The show is set in Delhi, but aside from the palatial home of the Thakurs, you don’t really see Delhi in their genes, which is quite strange for a Habib Faisal project. His previous works: Do Dooni Chaar (director, writer), Band Baaja Baarat (writer) are steeped in local Delhi culture, but here, if you subtract the casual mentions of Delhi hotspots, Dil Bekaraar feels like he could be located anywhere. place. .
The best part about those Pricey Thakur Girls was their ease and that ease seems to have carried over to the show as well.
Dil Bekaraar is broadcasting on Disney Plus Hotstar.
Verdict: After watching the first two episodes, Dil Bekaraar feels like an honest iteration of Those Pricey Thakur Girls that is sexy enough for you to move on to the next episode.