Chaskela Review

This Gujarati dramedy keeps things light and real

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Chaskela Review
OHO Gujarati
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What is the story about?

The series highlights the fun and tender moments among six buddies: Niket, Saurabh, Charmi, Radhika, Mihir and Brijesh.


I was a little disappointed with Anish Shah's work in OHO Gujarati's Kadak Meethi. A series on mother-daughter dynamics felt too safe from a director who had actually succeeded in showing a lot of nuance in his 2019 film Dhunki. The director's latest outing, Chaskela, which he co-creates with Ankit Gor feels like a return to form. The trailer promises a comedy, but Chaskela fools you into thinking it is one. The first couple of episodes feel like a bit of a drag, where you feel the series will progress as a chain of sketches, but Chaskela really comes into its own in the next 4 episodes.
Establishing the group dynamic is very tricky for a series like this, but Shah pulls it off with the help of his six leads, who play characters with their own problems. The best part of the series is that, while it focusses on each character's problems, it does not play it safe and posit a feel-good ending. The impending demise of Niket's marriage serves as a window into the complex lives of his friends. Childhood sweethearts Saurabh and Charmi--dubbed "Shauchalay" by the rest of the group--are married, but both of them struggle with communication. Firebrand feminist Radhika struggles with her inner turmoil while trying to stand up for herself everywhere. Mihir and Brijesh struggle with loneliness in their own ways. These are just some of the serious issues Chaskela explores beneath the sunny veneer of its humour. The gags are breezy, and nothing ambitious, but they bring a smile to your face and make you introspect about life, which is what counts at the end. 


Tatsat Munshi shines as Niket, who yearns for a stable marriage even when he tells everyone he is happy about getting divorced. Shivam Parekh and Sharvary Joshi share a very easy chemistry as Saurabh and Charmi. Dhunki star Deeksha Joshi makes her presence felt as the fiery Radhika, while Raunaq Kamdar is all right as Brijesh. Sanjay Galsar provides the laughs as the confused Mihir.

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Dhruv Panchal's camerawork is largely confined to indoor spaces, and is effective. 


The series peaks in the fourth and fifth episodes, where certain sequences are brilliantly done.


I thought the character of Charmi hardly gets any screen time, as compared to her co-actors.
Also, the season closes on a very abrupt, unfinished note.

Did I enjoy it?


Do I recommend it?

Yes. This is a light, breezy watch.

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