Metro Park: Web Series Review
Cast: Arnav Joshi, Aashmi Joshi, Ranvir Shorey, Omi Vaidya, Purbi Joshi, Pitobash Tripathy, Vega Tamotia.
Director: Abi Varghese, Ajayan Venugopalan.
Language: Hindi, Gujrati, English.
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
Channel: Eros Now.
Release Date: 3rd March 2019.
Kalpesh Patel has been in Metro Park, an Indian community in New Jersey, for 25 years. Take a peek into his typical Gujrati family and life, with a touch of humour and reality.
- ‘You can take a man out of India, but can never take India out of a man’. Metro Park is the best example of this- no matter where you live or what you become, home will always be home. Kalpesh has been in US for so long, but at heart he is still an Indian, believing and following the culture.
- Metro Park is a simple family drama with a high relatability quotient, that will remind you of your own family, and of your Gujrati friends and their family, if you have any.
- Ranvir Shorey is spectacular in his character as Kalpesh Patel, portraying the typical Gujrati to perfection. He is a funny, sarcastic, business-oriented man, who is always trying to save money and make a better life for his family. He is perfectly matched by his on-screen wife Payal Patel, played by Purbi Joshi.
- Omi Vaidya is a breath of fresh air in the whole Gujju drama, a South Indian guy trying to cope up and tolerate his loud, boisterous yet friendly in-laws.
- The subtle dig taken at both the US and Indian culture hits home, making you laugh out loud at the wit and aptness of every character. The bizarre technologies foreigners use to make life easier will leave you baffled and laughing in irony.
- The contrast between the Patels’ kids and parents establishes the crux of the plot nicely. The kids are born and brought up in the foreign land, hence they are more close to the US culture while Kalpesh and Payal constantly try to instil the beloved Indian culture in them. It’s as endearing as it is hilarious.
- Omi and Vega Tamotia’s characters could have been explored much better- they just seem there, without much contribution to the story.
- Metro Park is a simplistic comedy, and it’s entertaining, but it somewhere lacks in the engaging the audience throughout.
A typical yet refreshing Gujrati comedy that is definitely at least worth a watch.
- Abi Varghese is an American-Indian filmmaker who has directed Brown Nation for Netflix, which also stars Omi Vaidya.
- Metro Park marks the debut of Purbi Joshi and Vega Tamotia’s into the web world.
Watch The First Episode Here:
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