The film has the capacity to bring nostalgia and discomposing gags but the treatment is so tedious that it fails to achieve any of them.
Waking up from a coma is a genre in itself, I am serious you can search it on IMDb. Many movies and TV shows like Dr.House, Twin Peaks and even Bojack Horseman have a permanent character who woke up from a coma or an episode related to a person waking up from a coma. This coma has served as a rebirth tool in half of India’s daily soaps as well. Don’t judge me, we all have some grandparents /parents addicted to daily soaps, so I can’t help but know their plots as well. Netflix’s new release, Door Ke Darshan goes one step further and tries to revive forgotten sands of time when a typical Delhi family’s grandmother wakes up from coma after 30 years.
Sunil Bhateja is living with his son and daughter in his friend’s house, at the rent of eight hundred rupees, there is a Gulabo Sitabo vibe here, where the friend Goldie is always demanding Sunil to increase the rent or vacate the house but he loves-hates his old friend so he isn’t able to be strict with him. The first segment of thirty minutes or so is seriously just wasted in exploring the life of Sunil’s son Sunny who masturbates by reading soft-porn copies written in Hindi and her daughter reaching late to school. While the mother Priya is riding a Royal Enfield and jumping between the decision of taking a divorce or not. The director wants to make us laugh by seeing this troublesome family but the jokes are just baseless and not funny. He uses the devices of old-school humor, quirky characters and the irritating sound cues to setup an atmosphere of a comical film. Things start to look a bit exciting when Sunil’s grandmother wakes up after 30 years but the inefficiency to maintain the humor quotient disrupts a plausibly entertaining concept.
Sunil with his family and friends is trying his level best to make 2019 appear like 1989. And so the film is heavily busy in creating the culture and ambiance of 1989 but it forgets to be funny. The film has the capacity to bring nostalgia and discomposing gags but the treatment is so tedious that it fails to achieve any of them. The setup of Delhi is still convincing at some places but the dialogues have a repetitive patina to follow, thus even noble intentions to make you chuckle seems like a wasted opportunity. One particular scene is enjoyable though, where the family recreates a news segment from Doordarshan and reads news related to 2019 instead of 1989. The thought-provoking moments in the end even appear dull because it’s too late for the film to spread a moral value or persuade forgotten good deeds.
The performances by the whole cast are satisfactory but the weak direction and poor plot cultivation hampered the quality of a great set of actors. Cinematography is just as ordinary as the music of the film. Another set of aspects that appears to be completely ignored by the makers. Overall, Door Ke Darshan tries very hard to bring nostalgia and laughs with a unique concept but it is so busy in making the correct ambiance that it forgets to be funny or nostalgic.
Director: Gagan Puri.
Cast: Manu Rishi Chadha, Mahie Gill, Dolly Ahluwalia, Mehak Manwani, Shardul Rana.
Streaming on: Netflix
Verdict: Dull treatment to a plausible concept. You can skip this.