Almost Sanskari by Neeti Palta review - Using humour as self defence

Almost Sanskari by Neeti Palta review - Using humour as self defence
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In each of her jokes, Neeti Palta reflects the thoughts of those girls who were brought up in middle-class homes with strict parents. She reflects the strong urges of those girls who waited for their ‘Jah Simran jah’ moment. Even if it was for a trip to Shimla, (not around an entire continent,) or an evening out with friends at the mall. Neeti mocked how parents in an attempt to be threatening gave her several other options for freedom. They keep their curfew at 7 pm and warn their children that if they arrive beyond 7 pm they will not be allowed to enter the house. (So parents, are you allowing us to go for a night out?) She has the face cut akin to that of Fatima Sana Sheikh who gained fame for her debut as Geeta Phogat in Dangal, and from a distance, she almost looks like Priyanka Gandhi. She knows that and she takes complete advantage of it. Much like Chandler Bing from FRIENDS, Neeti Palta leans on humour to comfort an unexpected interaction with parents. Neeti Palta is a woman who is brimming with brilliant ideas, however, despite her confidence, her jokes are not very interactive. The script which has been prepared by her is loaded with humour, but that’s only enjoyable when you are sitting among a group of people and having a two-way conversation. She calls her show ‘Almost Sanskaari’. Let us tell you, apart from her jokes on how she poses for sex with her husband, there’s nothing very unsanskaari about any of her jokes. For a show, that is spanning for nearly 57 minutes, she establishes and re-establishes herself as the second lesser loved child of her parents, who hailed from an Army family. Her father preferred fighting against Pakistan than arguing with Neeti’s mother. Her jokes are in the right place, with the right essence of humour, except they are too disciplined. Neeti’s repetition of the same concept only makes her appear as the sad little girl and not a funny point. At one point of time, I was even reminded of the tear-jerking moment from Mera Naam Joker where Raju (Raj Kapoor) dressed as a clown cries his heart out in a comic act after watching his mother die in the front seat, during his performance on the stage. At one point, Neeti regrets how she was an ugly teenager who never catcalled by the rowdy neighbourhood boys, and that is where the problem begins. Catcalling is a type of sexual harassment and one cannot take it as a joke. To say that you miss the fact that you never had to face boys catcalling you, almost hints that you wanted a teeny tiny bit of sexual harassment, just for a validation that you are pretty enough to be harassed. Women don’t need that, not in an era where a certain section is fighting hard to get rid of this logic. Bollywood has done enough damage by normalising stalking and harassment we do not need well-educated comedians to do the same. Neeti Palta rants about condoms, marriage, arrange marriage but her unfair treatment from her parents, siblings, keeps coming back. While you may completely relate to Neeti, you understand that she is unable to deliver the joke with the sufficient kind of energy to make the audience go rolling on the floor with laughter. She isn’t an angry, complaining person who almost loses her cool as Biswa…she complains in her sarcastic way. Her jokes require the presence of another person in the script to make her appear as the slightly more intelligent person. Safely enough, she has kept her close ones, mother, father, husband as a part of her jokes, probably knowing that they wouldn’t be offended to the extent of filing an FIR. Neeti’s jokes on condoms and her views of Ranveer Singh remain interestingly humorous. Ranveer Singh happens to be the first Bollywood actor to openly endorse condoms, but she finely pointed out that his body has more lubricant, so much so that Deepika Padukone may have to reach for a tissue before her foreplay. As much as we enjoyed her wild fantasies, she failed to do enough research before constructing her jokes on the condom. In her narration, she mentioned that condom ads were banned in India. The truth is, condom ads weren’t banned rather they are only allowed to be advertised after 10 pm. The government of India had then stated that condom ads in India are not about controlling population but more about a variety of flavours, hence they were told to be advertised after a certain hour. Rating: 3.5/5

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