Gullak (Season 4/2024/Hindi/India) Series Review

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Gullak (Season 4) continues to impress us with heart-touching typical middle-class family drama. The additional ingredients of comedy in this Hindi show act as the mandatory sweet dishes being offered in India.

It is worth noting that the story of this Hindi series is based in a small town in Uttar Pradesh (UP), a large state in North India. However, it has been shot in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP), another big state in Central India.

Gullak (गुल्लक) - this series title in Hindi means 'piggy-bank' or the 'small saving box'.

Gullak series is one of 50 Most Popular Indian Web Series.

“Gullak” Gladdens The Heart With Its Funny & Emotional Tales About A Middle-Class Family

Trailer: Gullak (Season 4/2024) Series

Official Trailer – Gullak Season 4 – Jameel, Geetanjali, Vaibhav, Harsh, Sunita – Sony LIV | YouTube.

Spoiler Free Review: Gullak (Season 4/2024) Series

The storyline/plotline/summary/synopsis

When the first season of the “Gullak” series set in crime-infested Uttar Pradesh state was released way back in the summer of 2019, we were pleasantly surprised by its story of a middle-class family. In those days, our screens were inundated with violence-ridden movies/series set in Uttar Pradesh, a North Indian state. For example, the popular “Mirzapur” series was dominating with its central theme about the infamous Bahubali(s). So, it did not come as a surprise, when the makers of Gullak highlighted its family-comedy-drama as the unique selling point (USP) of this heartwarming show. Check out the official plotline of this show for its first season. In case, you want the summary of its episodes then check the spoilers shared below.

The short descriptions

Season (1) One

What do you expect stories from a small town in the heart of North India to be like?

Filled with shades of grey, petty crime, sorrow and stories of revenge?

You couldn’t be further from the truth and Gullak will show you how.

Set in quaint by-lanes in the heart of India, Gullak is a collection of disarming and relatable tales of the Mishra family. Join Santosh Mishra (Jameel Khan) and Shanti Mishra (Geetanjali Kulkarni), their sons Annu (Vaibhav Raj Gupta) and Aman (Harsh Mayar), as they savour the many flavours of small-town life with a smattering of humour, wit and of course, ladlefuls of love. Anchored by their enduring Gullak, the Mishra family tackles work woes, new parenting dilemmas and everyday life with wit and humour.

Season (2) Two

Sardiyon ki narm dhoop jaise kisse lekar, aa raha hai phir ek baar, ‘Mishra Parivar’!
Inse milne aaeyega zaroor…sah parivar.

Like the soft sunshine of winter, it is coming once again with stories, ‘Mishra Parivar’!
Please come and meet them… along with your family.

Season (3) Three

Badhaai ho!
Mishra parivaar mei dusra savings account hua hai!

There is a second savings account in the Mishra family!

Season (4) Four

Lekar zindagi ki khanak, Aa rahee hai naye kisson ki Gullak.

With the sound of life, a piggy bank of new stories is coming.

Posters of the four seasons of the series

In the last five years, the Misra family have not only grown but they have made sure that we fall in love with each of them: father Santosh Mishra, mother Shanti Mishra, elder son Annu and younger son Aman.

We loved that they have maintained the high-quality of its content

According to the official (and unofficial) estimates, the population of the middle class in India lies somewhere around 400–500 million people. And by any given standard this is a big population chunk. But quite often the day-to-day struggle and problems in the lives of ordinary middle-class folks do not get enough screen space. The personal tales of the Mishra family members and even the neighbour Bittu’s mother (Bittu Ki Mummy/Sunita Rajwar) are heart-warming.

We are sure that many middle-class folks will certainly identify with their daily life tales. So, one of the most heartening aspects of this contemporary show is that it focuses on the individual stories of a simple family of four belonging to a middle-income group. After watching the four seasons of this lovely show, so far, we appreciate the high content quality that they have maintained. The script and storyline are so good that they often make you emotional and identify with these realistic characters.

The FM ratings of the series

FM Rating4.
Gullak (S1, S2, S3, & S4) Series – FM Rating.
Sunita Rajwar (Bittu Ki Mummy) and Geetanjali Kulkarni (Shanti Mishra) – left to right.

The conclusion

Once again, we reiterate, that the writing and script not only we have loved its fun-filled content but also the acting of its main cast members. These main actors looked very natural while playing the four family members – Jameel Khan (Santosh Mishra), Geetanjali Kulkarni (Shanti Mishra), Vaibhav Raj Gupta (Annu), and Harsh Mayar (Aman). Even the snooping neighbour Sunita Rajwar (Bittu Ki Mummy) has been impactful in limited screen time, and we liked every moment of her acting. The relationships among each of them have been beautifully explored and portrayed on the screen. In the past, India used to have high-quality family comedy drama shows like – Nukkad and Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi; and this Gullak reminds us of those two hit series. To conclude, if you are looking for light hearted family series from India, then go ahead and watch it. Enjoy!

Key Details: Gullak (Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4) Series

GenreComedy, Drama, Family
Original languageHindi (India)
SeasonsFour Seasons, so far.
(S1/2019), (S2/2021), (S3/2022), & (S4/2024)
EpisodesTwenty Episodes, so far.
5 Episodes in each of the 4 seasons.
CreatorShreyansh Pandey
DirectorsAmrit Raj Gupta (S1/2019),
Palash Vaswani (S2/2021 & S3/2022), &
Shreyansh Pandey (S4/2024)
TaglinesNaye Hisse, Naye Kisse.
Sikkon Ki Nahin, Kisson Ki Gullak!
CastJameel Khan (Santosh Mishra), Geetanjali Kulkarni (Shanti Mishra), Vaibhav Raj Gupta (Anand Mishra/Annu), Harsh Mayar (Aman Mishra), Sunita Rajwar (Bittu Ki Mummy), Shivankit Singh Parihar (Gullak/Voice Artist), Saad Bilgrami (Lucky), Manuj Sharma (Shashi Ranjan), Raj Sharma (Dr. S.K Singh), Helly Shah (Dr. Preeti Singh), etc.
NetworkSony Liv & TVF
About – Gullak (Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4) Series.

Trailers: Gullak (Seasons 1, 2, & 3) Series

Season (1) One ~ 2019
Trailer – Gullak Season 1 – TVF – SonyLIV | YouTube.
Season (2) Two ~ 2021
Trailer – Gullak Season 2 – TVF – SonyLIV Originals | YouTube.
Season (3) Three ~ 2022
Official Trailer – Gullak Season 3 – TVF – SonyLIV Originals | YouTube.

Spoilers Alert: Summary of 20 Episodes

First (1st) Season – Summary of 5 Episodes
(Released on June 27, 2019)

Tehri (टेहरी – an Indian food dish) | (S1, E1)

In a sweet and sour tiff between mother-son, projecting the disappointments that both have against each other. The mother worries that her son is jobless and disregards her son fussing about the food not being served.

Hum Do Hamare Do (हम दो हमारे दो – We two, Our two) | (S1, E2)

Both the brothers fight over the volume of the television. Aman requests his mother to convince Annu to make his drawing for his practical exam, starting another argument.

Hum Do Hamare Do (हम दो हमारे दो) is a popular population control slogan in India. 
So, "We two, Our two" means Husband, Wife and their two kids".

Itwaar (इतवार – Sunday) | (S1, E3)

On a not-so-good early Sunday morning, Annu’s mother wakes up to the alarm ringing. With the arrival of Sunday, most middle-class families plan to make it special. How special would be the Sunday of the Mishra family?

Batti Aa Gayi (बत्ती आ गयी – The light/electricity has come | (S1, E4)

Aman enquires about Annu who hasn’t returned home late. Annu’s father is relaxed while waiting for him. Annu returns to only demand for a scooty, making up excuses for being late.

Tyohaar (त्यौहार – Festival) | (S1, E5)

It’s Raksha Bandhan. Shanti falls sick and has to work all day. Annu shares his exam results with Aman. So Aman suggests Annu to run away. Shanti falls unconscious upon hearing Annu’s exam results.

Second (2nd) Season – Summary of 5 Episodes
(Released on January 15, 2021)

Bijlee Ka Bill (बिजली का बिल – Electricity Bill) | (S2, E1)

Mishra House has received an inflated electricity bill. While a lot of speculation goes into how the bill has exceeded all limits, it is revealed that this problem has struck other households in the colony as well. This lands a great opportunity for Santosh Mishra to make some extra bucks and fulfil a few small dreams of the family.

Cheeni Kam, Paani Zyaada (चीनी कम, पानी ज़्यादा – Less sugar, More water) | (S2, E2)

Shanti Mishra is dragged to a free medical camp and is diagnosed with diabetes. There is a kitty party around the corner and she is in no mood to cancel the same. Mishraji realizes it and says that the boys will do the preparation.

Saparivaar (सपरिवार – With Family) | (S2, E3)

Annu is summoned to Pinky Mama’s house as his daughter Raanu is getting married. The entire family gets excited and starts preparing. But the excitement disappears soon when the wedding card arrives and doesn’t mention ‘Saparivaar’.

Kal Board ka Paper hai (कल बोर्ड का पेपर है – Board exam paper is tomorrow) | S2, E4)

It’s the board exams of Aman Mishra tomorrow and today is the match between India and Pakistan at night and everyone is excited to watch it but there are other plans for Aman.

Kiraana (किराना – Grocery) | (S2, E5)

D-day for the Mishra family. Today is the day Annu is supposed to get his gas agency license and Aman gets his board results. A big day for them both.

Third (3rd) Season – Summary of 5 Episodes
(Released on April 7, 2022)

Mission Admission (S3, E1)

The Mishra family has grown in age, experience and comfort. Aman, the younger son, is now in plus two with big dreams while the elder son has his desires. But when dreams and desires cross paths, Annu realizes that for his familial duties and responsibilities, some aspirations must wait.

LTA (S3, E2)

Just like every middle-class family, Santosh Mishra travels back home and aspires to use the LTA.

Leave Travel Allowance (LTA) or Leave Travel Concession (LTC), is an allowance included in the salary package of employees, designed to cover travel expenses incurred during leave in India.

Agua (अगुआ – Leader) | (S3, E3)

Young Santosh Mishra had great expertise in fixing marriages. Santosh Mishra, an ex-Agua is compelled to arrange a marriage that involves a young girl and her mother.

Satyanarayan Varta Katha {सत्यनारायण व्रत कथा – Satyanarayan (fast/vow) Story} | S3, E4)

The world where not everything goes according to plan. Be it education, promotion, or expectations. A family plagued with fears of failure takes steps.

Izzat Ki Chamkaar (इज़्ज़त की चमकार – Shine of honour) | (S3, E5)

Mishra Parivar is hit by a health scare. It tries to come to terms with norms in the society we live in. Some members have deep realizations, some change their previously held notions, and some grow up.

Fourth (4th) Season – Summary of 5 Episodes
(Released on June 7, 2024)

‘Kaaran Batau’ Notice (‘कारण बताओ’ नोटिस – Show Cause Notice) | (S4, E1)

Annu faces challenges with her strict new boss as her family confronts corruption, caught between ethics and despair in their fight to protect their home.

Chinaiti (छिनैती – Snatching) | (S4, E2)

After a traumatic chain-snatching incident at the temple, Shanti Mishra’s life changes. Annu, Aman, and Santosh have diverging views on the matter.

Ghar Ka Kabaad (घर का कबाड़ – Household Junk) | (S4, E3)

The Mishra family embarks on clearing out the clutter from their home. The arrival of the scrap dealer in Mishra Nivas creates amusing challenges for the family that’s divided on what to sell and what to retain.

Teesra Pahiya (तीसरा पहिया – Third Wheel) | (S4, E4)

Annu navigates professional hurdles while Aman gets ready to tag along on Surya Narayan’s romantic outing. Concurrently, Santosh and Shanti worry about Aman’s conduct taking a turn for the worse.

Pita, Putra aur Prempatra (पिता, पुत्र और प्रेमपत्र – Father, Son & Love Letter | (S4, E5)

Annu navigates work pressures, while Aman’s rebellion leads to a family conflict.

Awards: Gullak (Seasons 2, & 3) Series

Second (2nd) Season – Awards won

Award NamesWinners of the Awards
IWM Digital AwardsJameel Khan – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Web Series
Filmfare OTT AwardsBest Series – Comedy – 2021 Winner Popular Award
Geetanjali Kulkarni – 2021 Winner Popular Award – Best Actress: Comedy
Jameel Khan – 2021 Winner Popular Award – Best Actor: Comedy
Vaibhav Raj Gupta – 2021 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actor: Comedy
Sunita Rajwar – 2021 Winner Popular Award – Best Supporting Actress: Comedy
Second (2nd) Season – Award won.

Third (3rd) Season – Awards won

Awards NamesWinners of the Awards
IWM Digital AwardsJameel Khan – 2023 Winner Popular Award – Most Popular Actor/Actress in a Comic Role in a Web Series
Filmfare OTT AwardsBest Series – Comedy – 2022 Winner Popular Award
Geetanjali Kulkarni – 2022 Winner Popular Award – Best Actress: Comedy
Jameel Khan – 2022 Winner Popular Award – Best Actor: Comedy
Indian Telly Streaming AwardsJameel Khan – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Supporting Actor – Hindi Series
OTTplay AwardsJameel Khan – 2022 Winner Jury Award – Best Comic Performance in a Series
Third (3rd) Season – Awards won.

Posters, Featured and Other Images of the Gullak (Seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4) Series are courtesy of TVF and Sony LIV.

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