Yeh Meri Family is average family fun following a young boy named Harshu, who is trying to overcome family conflicts so he can enjoy the summer of ’98.
Yeh Meri Family reminded me of my younger days. Once school was over, you viewed the summer holidays as one crazy festival of fun, with a lot of time to fill. Those six weeks were always over in a flash and before you knew it, you were putting on fresh school clothes, courtesy of mum. Every day was an opportunity, a chance to make it the best summer break.
Yeh Meri Family follows young boy Harshu, about to enter his teenage years. His entire summer is under jeopardy because he did not pass Hindi at school to a satisfactory level, so his mother insists he gets tutored over the summer. Harshu does not take the news well, especially after his best friend describes the summer ahead, enjoying the many social events that they can handle in Jaipur. It’s the summer of ’98, and Harshu wants to take advantage of the joys the 90s bring.
You see the world through the eyes of Harshu; the Indian family series tells the story of a young boy struggling to deal with adult conflicts. Harshu regularly breaks the fourth wall, talking to the audience about his frustrations, which are mostly describing his annoyance at his mother and detailing what he would rather do with his day. Yeh Meri Family is a family comedy that is relatable for most, as many of you will have experienced those young teenage deliberations on a daily basis – even if they were irrational.
Apart from breaking the fourth wall, Yeh Meri Family does not do anything out of the norm from any other family series. Each episode shows Harshu battling with his inner demons in dealing with his parents; there are times where he puts his father and mother at odds with each other, asking them separately for allowances, which usually leads to the usual family arguments. The young actor Vishesh Bansal has got a comedy flare to him, especially when he talks to you, or talks under his breath when his mother berates him. Yeh Meri Family is not to be taken seriously; it’s routine TV.
TVFPlay, a streaming platform I never heard of until I watched Yeh Meri Family, have given Netflix access to the show as well in case you are interested. I’d leave it until a rainy day though when you have nothing better to do.