Life is unpredictable. That’s about it, actually. The veracity of this statement is enough to validate your existence – as well as that of Annu Kapoor, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Amol Parashar and Chetna Pande in Ekta Kapoor’s new web series Home. Directed by Habib Faisal, Home premiered on Alt Balaji in August and is garnering a whole lot of love from viewers. In Home, Annu Kapoor and Supriya Pilgaonkar star as a loving couple – Himansh and Vandana Sethi, who parent two children – Vansh (Amol) and Hina (Chetna). The Sethis are an affectionate family, residing in the Kala Kruti society in Mumbai. Tragedy, however, strikes after the Sethis are engulfed in crisis from all angles. Their primary battle is with the municipality in the Maharashtra capital – Himansh’s father is an established lawyer and takes the institution to court after Kala Kruti society endures the wrath of existential problems. Only if it was that easy for the ‘common man’ to fight a battle against the system. The Sethis find themselves in the midst of a dire strait after the court orders the municipality to demolish the society on its grounds of being an alleged illegal construction. The situation deteriorates after the residents of the society blame Senior Sethi for challenging the municipality and end up boycotting the family after he refuses to apologise to the institution. In order to improve the circumstance, Vandana asks Himansh to apologise to the municipality with the committee members without informing his father. That, however, doesn’t help since the municipality, even after repeated pleas, refuses to comply with Kala Kruti Society.
If that wasn’t enough, Vandana is diagnosed with a tumour in her breast while doctors suspect cancer. This creates enough strain on the family as the Sethis try their level best to fight the myriad catastrophes that surround them. Vansh, in fact, is also coerced to forgo his dream of studying at the US as he aspires of emerging over his “middle class” lifestyle in India and living his dream in the foreign country. Hina, on the other hand, is contesting a dilemma of her own upon realizing that her husband is less than hopeful of recovering from his alcoholism. She, though, stumbles through life and meets her ex-boyfriend - so as to develop a “just friends” bond. Another arresting factor in Home is Himansh and Vandana’s relationship. Love escalates with age among this couple as both are deeply involved and are a constant source of support for each other even after 28 years of marriage. Himansh works for a travel company after his own business suffers and often rules himself out as a “failure” – his wife, though, doesn’t succumb to worldly concerns as such and comforts Himansh every time he hits the rock bottom. He, in fact, also blames himself for Vandana’s engagement in her tiffin business and silently regrets his inability in providing a lavish lifestyle to his family – similar to that of his brother. Habib Faisal has meticulously utilized his characters to churn out the best. Dialogues are crisp while the script is such that not even a moment, does Home appear lengthy or boring. In certain lines, though, the grassroot issues of the society have been addressed with a slight nudge at the government. In Home, thus, challenges are several and the Sethis find themselves in a constraint after the committee members of the society request residents to contribute to a certain “donation” in order to save their home. Simultaneously, Vandana’s diagnosis further worsens the situation. In the middle of this, the Sethis only have each other. Will they be able to overcome the perplexities that life has offered? Home is certainly binge-watch material because you will love every second of it, and also, keep a box of tissues handy, because trust us – you will need it.