Hum Tum And Them: Web Series Review
ALT BALAJI & ZEE5
Director: Sahir Raza.
“ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s collaboration brings to you yet another intriguing offering, Hum Tum and Them. But is it worth yours, mine, and everyone else’s time? Find out.”
Shiva is a divorcee with a 13-year old daughter, Jahan, and is struggling to be the parent that her daughter needs. Yudi is a single father, with three kids – Aryan, Ojhas, and Vyoma – who live with their grandparents. His life gets messy when the three children come to reside at his place, and things are totally turned upside down when Yudi comes across Shiva. Will the two get a new chance at love?
Hum Tum and Them maintains a fine balance between fun, drama, and emotions. It deals with several concepts like separation, finding love, heartbreak, betrayal, etc. and works on depicting various issues and prejudices that still exist in society, shedding light on how a woman is somehow always blamed for anything that goes wrong in her life and is expected to not show even some semblance of independence and freedom.
The series, staying true to its name, is not about just the ‘Hum’ & ‘Tum’ in the relationship, but also the ‘Them’e., the children on both the sides. The show is not merely about the blossoming love between two single parents, but also the effects that the relationship has on the children. Giving ample screen time to the kids, the show is effective in depicting how they deal with and navigate through the situation at hand in different ways.
It’s a treat to watch Shweta Tiwari on the show. Her character, Shiva, is a blend of traditionalism and modernism – and thus, her inhibitions, insecurities, and concerns towards such an affair form a good part of the storyline, and justifiably so. Shweta does not go overboard (unless necessary) in her performance and packs a punch with her delivery.
Among the four kids, Bhavin Bhanushali, who plays Aryan, takes the cake with his intense performance. Moreover, one of the mention-worthy aspects of the show was his character arc, where Aryan went from hating everything his father was, to becoming someone that closely resembled him in his habits and actions.
Hum Tum and Them had its share of entertaining situations that sometimes took you away from the drama. Trupti Khamkar as Gauri, Shiva’s supportive best friend, formed a core part of the show’s fun element and kept it light with her humour and antics.
Akshay Oberoi’s character, Yudi, is an unbothered and careless father who has no sense of responsibility towards his children, whom he considers being a burden. For most of the storyline, the character is shallow, poorly designed, and unconvincing.
The transitions between the scenes are abrupt and not smooth. There are sudden dramatic shifts from scenes that are high in emotions to ones where the characters are making out with each other, forgetting what happened a moment ago.
The season, which is stretched over 15 episodes, keeps getting repetitive. The seemingly never-ending storyline is dragged on and on, replicating clichés and becoming a tad too predictable, until it reaches the climax, which honestly could’ve arrived a few episodes sooner. Some of the characters keep going circles in their narrative, reaching nowhere in the end.
While some of the scenes are unnecessarily elongated for no apparent reason but to extend the duration, there are moments when a lot happens within a little time, with no preceding build-up or indication, and it feels quite rushed.
The premise of the story (and the name of the show, too) seems quite similar to the American Film, ‘Yours, Mine, and Ours’ (2005). In fact, the poster, too, holds highly identical features.
Despite its shortcomings, it remains a very watchable and entertaining show.
Shweta Tiwari makes her web series debut with Hum Tum And Them. According to Shweta, she was hesitant to do intimate scenes and would lock herself up in her vanity van to cry.
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