By Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama News Network
Years ago, a popular TV series MALGUDI DAYS left an indelible impression on the minds of viewers. Now Shyam Benegal's WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR takes you back to a hamlet that has its share of assorted characters: a letter writer, a power-hungry goon, a eunuch, a short tempered army man and his widowed daughter-in-law, a compounder, a house wife who's husband, working in Mumbai, hasn't showed up for four Diwalis… These are characters you've seen, witnessed, might even relate to.
Actually, WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR is more on the lines of a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film. It's not heavy on your mind, even though there's ample drama happening every now and then. But everything is presented without going overboard.
WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR works because of its simplicity. Expect no glitz-n-glam here.