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Panchayat 2 review: Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta shine in this warm, funny show

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Panchayat 2 review: Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta shine in this warm, funny show

Prepare to be proven wrong if you thought Panchayat 2 would be a typical light-hearted comedy that has been seen on Indian television for decades. The second season of this slice-of-life dramedy starring Jitendra Kumar premiered on Wednesday, May 18. This time, in addition to providing laughs, the show also challenges you to think, reflect, and, by the end, hold back your tears. It’s not a great show, but it’s certainly entertaining. Panchayat 2 becomes a must-see when you consider the solid performances of its cast and the crisp writing.

The first season of Panchayat followed Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar), who took an unwelcome job as a Panchayat secretary in the middle of nowhere—specifically, in Phulera, a remote village in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. The second season shows how Abhishek, aka Sachiv Ji, has adjusted to his new role in Phulera and formed bonds with the residents, particularly with the village’s former Pradhan (Raghubir Yadav), his wife and the current Pradhan (Neena Gupta), and the other two office-bearers (played by Faisal Malik and Chandan Roy).

The show’s premise is simple enough: how a city boy who has never spent time in a village adjusts to a new life and discovers that some issues are universal over time. The second season had the potential to be repetitive, but Panchayat deftly avoids this. It demonstrates character and story development, allowing Abhishek to discover new aspects of Phulera and its inhabitants. It also avoids a trope that has been used in many shows and films set in rural India: portraying it as an exotic freak show to be laughed at or ridiculed. The Indian village is depicted by Panchayat as a real place with real people. Yes, humour exists, but only in certain circumstances.

Another positive aspect of Panchayat is that it is not strictly a comedy. There is no laugh track or slapstick humour; only mild situational comedy is featured. It will make you laugh at times and keep you entertained. Its strength, like that of most successful slice-of-life shows over the years (see Wagle Ki Duniya, Ye Jo Hai Zindagi, and even Gullak), lies in presenting an issue or a problem in a straightforward manner. It tackles local politics, rivalries, and even more universal issues like standing up for your friends. There is no melodrama, however. Monologues are absent. By definition, the show is a juicy slice of life.

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Jitendra Kumar is, of course, the show’s star and he carries it on his back quite ably. The actor has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, evident by his ability to hold his own against the likes of veterans like Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta. Chandan Roy’s Vikas and Faisal Malik’s Prahlad breathe new life into the show with their pitch-perfect acts.

It was criminal to give the amazing Neena Gupta such limited screen time as Manju Devi – every time she is on screen, she lords over everyone. In trying to infuse drama, it does at times give in to the temptation of using tired tropes like egoistic foul-mouthed politicians. It could do with fewer jokes about fasting women – why amplify it with needless humour in such a clean show?

Panchayat 2 is a worthy second season of an already good show. To say that it improves upon the first season wouldn’t be an exaggeration. It makes you laugh, it almost makes you cry, and all this while, you can feel you have seen these people and these stories somewhere. That relatability is its USP and what truly keeps the viewer engaged till the end.

Season 2 of the Panchayat series

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Deepak Kumar Mishra is the director.

 

Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Faisal Malik, Biswapati Sarkar, Chandan Roy, and Sanvika Sharma are among the cast members.

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Food blogger attacked by Swara Bhasker for boasting about being a vegetarian on Twitter: “Smug self-righteousness”

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Food blogger attacked by Swara Bhasker for boasting about being a vegetarian on Twitter: “Smug self-righteousness”

In response to food blogger Nalini Unagar’s “proud to be a vegetarian” tweet, actor Swara Bhasker attacked Unagar. On Sunday, Nalini posted a photo of her lunch at X. It included a paneer dish and fried rice.

What was said by the food blogger?
Nalini shared the picture and added, “I’m happy to be a vegetarian. There are no more tears, cruelty, or guilt on my platter.”

This is Swara’s response.
In response, Swara penned, “To be honest… I find vegetarians’ arrogant self-righteousness to be incomprehensible. Denying the calf its mother’s milk, forcing cows to become pregnant, ripping them from their calves, and taking their milk are the main components of your diet.”

Furthermore, she said, “You eat root vegetables? That eliminates the entire plant! Just because it’s Bakr Eid, don’t stress about virtue signalling (folded hands emojis). June 16–17 is when Bakr Eid, or Eid al-Adha, is observed.

Swara just had her Eid celebration.
A few months after celebrating Eid al-Fitr, Swara posted a tweet. She celebrated the occasion with her daughter Raabiyaa and spouse Fahad Ahmad. On her Instagram Stories, Swara posted snippets of her Eid festivities. Swara and Raabiyaa were shown in one of the stories pointing at the Eid ka Chaand. Another photo shows Swara, her daughter, and Fahad posing as a family. Fahad is Muslim, but Swara is Hindu.

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When Swara discussed the cultures of her and Fahad
Swara performed a chhathi puja for Raabiyaa the previous year. She revealed tidbits from the festivities and reported discovering shared cultural experiences with Fahad’s family. “The child is a mish mash of the mish mash we are,” Swara had wrote. She therefore has 62.5% UP, 12.5% Bihar, and 25% Andhra. Furthermore, I support representation and am always up for a celebration! Furthermore, since our wedding, we’ve learned that Muslims and Hindus in North India have common cultural customs, which strengthens my conviction that, despite our variety, love and joy will always find a language.”

“Chhathhi, or the sixth day of a child’s birth, is celebrated throughout UP Bihar. Mom and kid dress in the colour of turmeric or haldi, and aunts or bua put kaajal on the child and parents to protect them from ‘nazar,’ or the evil eye! I’m performing a well-known “sohar”—celebration songs for new babies. Although sohars are often used to celebrate newborn boys, I customised it for a newborn girl—oh! And although sisters and aunts sing the sohars, mothers don’t, so I thought, “Why not?” Dholak aa gaya hai! Thank you to @manisha2967 for the Chhathhi lesson and the beautiful singing I was able to do, and to Bhanu ji @partapsinghb11 for the dholak that helped make my singing pleasant.

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