Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls is an adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s Those Pricey Thakur Girls, a novel that was set in 1988.
The novel is filled with mixed emotions, deals with real issues, is beautifully written and is all about the progressive thoughs of the Thakur Girls.
However, it’s television adaptation is far from it and the only thing that is common between the two is their name.
Anuja Chauhan’s novel revolves around the Thakur family, which includes a judge, his wife and their five daughters – Anjini, Binodini, Chandrakanta, Debjani and Eshwari. They live in the heart of Delhi and the novel is mainly through the eyes of Debjani, who lands a job as a newsreader and falls in love with an investigative journalist Dylan Singh Shekhawat.
What makes Those Pricey Thakur Girls such a cult novel is the fact that it touches sensitive topics like anti Sikh riots, the scams, the perils of reporting against the government, for working at the state media mouthpiece, the emergence and independence of video news magazine and the introduction of the anti-defamation bill.
All of this would definitely be missing in the television show, but then what’s surprising is that fact that the characters in Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls totally lack depth.
The show is set in 2015, something that spells disaster as the flavour of the novel is totally lost. The Thakur Girls were known to be progressive, ahead of their times and known to have a mind of their own, but the Thakur Gurls are childish, wannabe and dumb.
Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls stars Aamir Ali (Dylan Singh Shekhawat), Sukirti Kandpal (Debjani Thakur), Sara Khan (Anjini Thakur), Shilpa Raizada (Binodini Thakur), Monica Sharma (Chandralekha Thakur), Meera Deosthale (Eshwari Thakur), Anang Desai (Laxminarayan Thakur) and last but not the least Supriya Pilgaonkar (Mamta Thakur).
At the end of it, the makers have just taken the name from the novel so that one could be written about because the rest of it is all a sham.
It’s sad to see such half baked and mediocre work on television, considering the fact that one has such a solid manuscript to fall back on.
It's juvenile, the writing lacks depth and it's an embarrassment to see a cult novel being massacred; well, we are talking about Dilli Wali Thakur Gur...0.5