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Potluck (Season 2)

Farhad Dalal
Farhad Dalal
3.5 Star popcorn reviewss


Onto the next release of the weekend and I finished watching the new Hindi series, the second season of Potluck which is streaming on SonyLiv. Sonyliv as an OTT platform has had an interesting mix of content which may well be against the tide. The focus has always been on producing good content irrespective of what content has been previously successful. So while the world might be gravitating to thrillers and mysteries, there would always be a disruptive content in the form of a Rom-Com or a Fam-Com which would do the rounds on SonyLiv. If there is just one thing to complain, then it has to do with the marketing of the content on its platform by SonyLiv.

When it did come to the first season of Potluck, its first trailer had struck a chord with me. It did have a warm and welcoming vibe to it in a show which was meant for a leisurely viewing. I happened to watch it about a year and a half back and it was almost like a Sit-Com, focusing on the smaller everyday issues which most of us do face. It was harmless yet breezy and seldom did it get melodramatic. So when its second season was announced, I was quite looking forward on what the Shastris had to offer this time around. So then is the second season of Potluck light and breezy, lets find out.

Story & Screenplay

The second season of Potluck picks up from the same point where season one had ended. The Shastris now a well-knit family continue to have weekly Potluck sessions with everyday issues thrown into their lives which they happen to tackle together. The story here is comforting and light, and again unfolds at a leisurely pace. The screenplay standing at 8 episodes of 20 odd minutes each does make for a pleasant and breezy watch!

The drama does a quick restart with the introduction of the principal characters with each of them undergoing a minor conflict. Now the argument could be that why would you discuss minor day to day conflicts as opposed to a single major one. But the beauty of life does lie in the day to day problems that when we look back aren’t of much importance. And when there is a backing of family, it is even more comforting and heartwarming. And all of these aspects are slowly but steadily touched upon in a season which is very breezy.

The proceedings are interesting and will put a smile on your face at various junctures in the drama. One could argue that there is no real hook in the screenplay but that is what actually allows the drama to be more organic and flowing here. One strong aspect about the writing is the characterization and the character dynamics which pretty much drive the show here. The conflicts act as life events here which would soon be forgotten in the larger picture. Yet living through these moments do paint a heartwarming and heartfelt picture whose vibe would continue to stay within you. And that is what the drama does here!

On the slight downside, I did feel that the drama could well have been a little more layered as opposed to being frivolous at times. Some of the issues touched upon here are relevant but they are brushed with lighter strokes which kind of does give an impression that they may not be as important as they actually are. Yet, the subtlety with which the drama unfolds coupled with its nuanced humour is what makes the drama work, and work well. There is a little hint that is dropped for its third season and I would love the Shastris to return, almost like a breath of fresh air like they did this time around. Overall, the screenplay is soothing, light, frothy, breezy and every other adjective that you can think on those lines.

Dialogues, Music & Direction

The dialogues are conversational and they make for some interesting conversations too. The music and BGM have a fresh vibe to it and reek of positivity which is pretty much the theme of the show. The cinematography is good but I would have like slightly better colour grading(something that I did witness in a show like Four More Shots Please). The editing is good too. Director Rajshree Ojha does handle this delicate subject with utmost subtlety. This is sense of calmness and non-hurriedness to the drama which allows you to imbibe the emotions slowly but steadily.


The performances are really good by the ensemble cast. Varun Sood as Jacob, Tanvi Shinde as Sophia, Sonali Sachdeva as Nidhi’s mother and Sanaya Pithawalla as Rasika have thrir moments to shine. Siddhant Karnick as Aalim is really affable and he comes across as a pleasant personality onscreen. Saloni Khanna as Nidhi is natural to the core and she does a great job. Harman Singha as Dhruv brings about his vulnerabilities to the fore in a rather relatable manner. He is incredibly good here.

Ira Dubey as Akanksha is just wonderful to watch and she does a brilliant job. Cyrus Sahukar as Vikrant has a brilliant knack of finding a punchline out of nowhere and she is first rate here. Shikha Talsania as Prerna is outstanding and does a commendable job. Kitu Gidwani as Pramila does a swell job as well and her track was really relevant and interesting. Jatin Prithviraj Kapoor as Govind is such a heartwarming character and he does a brilliant job. His positivity is infectious and he did put a smile on my face.


The second season of Potluck is a breezy and a comforting watch with good performances that will put a smile on your face. Available on SonyLiv.

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