Format: Web Series
Platform: MX Player
In an era where the choice to pick something straight out of ‘prestige television’ takes precedence, viewers are flocking towards a simpler time. The resurgence of our need for intense connection, especially during the pandemic, is perhaps the perfect time for shows which are big on the little joys of life. The warmth of watching two people navigating life together without an ounce of superficiality is something that gives us great comfort. Netflix’s Little Things did that a while ago with its first season. Now comes Aani Kay Hava. The little trials, tribulations, the bickering banter is slightly upgraded - the couple is married.
Jui and Sanket, who in the first season had just moved into their new home after their arranged marriage, are understanding the experiences of every day as a couple. If the last season was a series of firsts, this one has them realising each other’s unique quirks. They find that their connection has reached a level where they still look out for, care for, and love each other, in spite of it all.
‘Aani Kay Hava’ means ‘what else do you need?’ And through a basic concept which is sure to resonate with young couples, we do get some insight into that. When there is love and understanding, there is not much else that you need apart from each other. Both Jui and Saket are independent working professionals, a side of their life that they both enjoy individually. However, their inner personalities and interests, like the way Saket is a baby when he’s unwell or how Jui loves animals, is something that they share only with each other. This is the kind of familiarity that comes across onscreen. However, even with a short length per episode, the treatment can go into very cheesy territory easily. The reason why some of it doesn’t quite come together is that the show is rather dialogue-heavy and the plots which each episode follows don’t seem to warrant as much discussion. Sweetness aside, the show borders on testing your patience and could be a lot shorter.
If there’s one hook that you need to watch Aani Kay Hava, it is its lead actors and their performances. Both Umesh Kamat and Priya Bapat are no strangers to Marathi film, theatre and television. As individual performers, they exude so much charm and go through their scenes and dialogues with such ease, that you believe that they are Saket and Jui. To give the writing credit, their characters are well-rounded, helping us understand why they are the way they are, and what makes them so compatible in spite of their differences. This is also owing to their cute chemistry, making their proclamations of love (big or small) seeming heartfelt and genuine.
In order to keep things light-hearted, Aani Kay Hava borders on white noise ‘comfort TV’ which is purely dependent on your choice for such content. The first minute or so establishes the central theme to the rest of the episode and in case you’re not much on dialogue or small moments, you’d probably leave it running while you complete other tasks around the house. There is absolutely no drama involved here. Everything happens easily. This lack of a deeper emotional connect limits the show from becoming essential viewing. The finale episode tries hard to take up a serious issue about the couple’s future, but it may not be enough for you to really anticipate season 3.
As a Marathi show, there is universality in Aani Kay Hava. Aside from some specific references and colloquialisms, there’s not much which you won’t understand. But for those who are Marathi speakers, Saket and Jui still seem very specifically Maharashtrian, and you would feel well represented. From a perspective of the romantic comedy content in Marathi which has preceded it, Aani Kay Hava is still new and fresh, even if its execution lacks a little something.
Music and Other Departments:
Stylistically, the production design and look of the show are quite light and breezy. Most of the action happens indoors (especially in the couple’s apartment) making it seem like slow and minimal action. The score is also light, keeping that style intact. Since the show relies so heavily on conversation, that’s been kept quite frothy and funny.
Did I Enjoy It?
Kind of. The plus point of the show is that it’s relatable and sweet, so that makes it non-tedious. But it didn’t meet expectations because I feel a more meaningful narrative presented in this light ‘Little Things’ style would have worked better.
Do I Recommend It?
Again, like white noise. You’re looking for something new because you’re done with sitcom reruns, but still don’t want to use your brain-cells, Aani Kay Hava may make you chuckle and smile sporadically.
Rating: 2.5 /5