Amazon Prime’s new show Mind the Malhotras is an adaptation of the Israeli show La Familigia. The Indian sitcom, directed by Sahil Sangha, stars Cyrus Sahukar as Rishabh Malhotra and Mini Mathur as Shefali Malhotra. They portray a happy couple who become concerned about the state of their marriage after a friend’s divorce, and quickly decide to see a couple’s counsellor, Dr Gulfam Rastogi, played by Denzil Smith.
All nine episodes are based on this situation, with the Malhotras sitting on the couch in front of their counsellor and narrating various anecdotes from their suburban life, revolving around role-playing in the bedroom, parenting of their three kids, dealing with the house help and managing a nosy and dominating mother-in-law (Sushmita Mukherjee), and so on.
While the trailer looked promising and the show has reasonably good actors and all the ingredients for success, it fails to evoke much of a reaction. Each episode is only 25 minutes long but seems to drag; it feels more like a dull narration of the events in the life of the Malhotras rather than a hilarious journey one would expect from a sitcom.
The supporting characters, including the Malhotras’ children, two daughters, Jia and Dia, and their son Yoan, don’t enjoy much screen time. Some things also don’t seem to work in an Indian setting, such as Shefali Malhotra’s constant criticism of her mother-in-law in front of her husband. Overall, the show doesn’t make you feel anything, which can be attributed to a weak script and unimpressive dialogues; more talk and less action. The only good thing about Mind the Malhotras is Denzil Smith as his character is quirky and seems to take away the stigma often associated with consulting a shrink in South Asian cultures.