Onto the final release of the weekend and I have just finished watching the new Marathi series Pet Puraan on SonyLiv. This is perhaps the third marathi series which I would be reviewing on Popcorn Reviewss after Samantar and Aani Kaay Hawa. From its trailer it was evident that this series dealt with pets which is a refreshing concept in itself considering that not a lot of films or shows are made on it. It was only recently that I saw the Tamil film Oh My Dog on Amazon Prime and I was bowled over with the simplicity of its storytelling. Ofcourse I do love animals and I feel that they add a different dimension to the story especially when the story revolves around them. So then does Pet Puraan live upto the expectations that I had from the show, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Pet Puraan follows the story of a married couple who wish to adopt a pet and the problems that they face along the way. The story is a heartwarming one which almost embraces you like a long hug. The screenplay divided into 6 episodes of almost 30 minutes each is definitely binge worthy. This is an ideal watch for a leisurely Sunday afternoon where you just want to sit back and relax. The screenplay opens with the two protagonists contemplating on whether they wish to have a baby. And this sentiment soon transforms into wanting to adopt a pet. But the path isn’t easy as they have to go past multiple obstacles. And this series can also double up as a bit of a crash course on adopting a pet as well as the bare minimum requirements of taking care of them. Ofcourse these are surface level requirements but atleast a conversation starter for those who are interested.
There are several heartwarming moments that gently tug the strings of your heart. Not only will the two pets make you go Awwww but you would want to break the fourth wall and play with them. The moments created are entertaining and engrossing while the tone is maintained of being light and frothy throughout without any melodrama. One minor drawback is that there are no real spikes in the screenplay. It moves at the same bandwidth and flies at the same level. But taking nothing away, the screenplay is a breath of fresh air and a welcome addition to the genre.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are the ones we use in our daily lives and that is what keeps the drama consistently real and grounded. The music is soothing and the BGM blends excellently with the narrative. The cinematography and production design and brilliant and they help in giving the series a fresh and vibrant look. Director Dnyanesh Zoting does a very good job in keeping the series light and frothy but not compromising on the entertainment factor.
The performances are first rate. All the actors have done a good job but the heroes of the series are Saie Tamhankar, Lalit Prabhakar and the two pets – Vyanku and Baku. Lalit Prabhakar who was last seen in a towering act in Zombivli is in splendid touch as Atul here. A far cry from his previous role, he is quietly charming and affable and just such a natural onscreen. Saie Tamhankar as Aditi is outstanding and she lives every beat of her character effortlessly. The duo have a crackling chemistry together and they take you on a journey which is filled with laughs and joys with a hint of drama.
Pet Puraan is such a ‘paw’sitive series that embraces you like a long and warm hug. Available on SonyLiv.