I have taken a sabbatical from Web series after I finished watching Game of Thrones. A recent flip through Amazon Prime showed me the trailer of this, which was supposed to stream in complete on January 25th.
So, I did what I do – Watched it in full.
The girls in titular characters are played by my favorite actor Sayani Gupta, another favorite Maanvi Gagroo and Kriti Kulhari and V J Bani. I’ve seen the last two for the first time on screen. It’s been directed by Anu Menon and the series is created by Rangita Pritish Nandy. There are a whole lot of male characters, including still-drool-worthy Milind Soman, Pratiek Babbar, Neil Bhoopalam and Ankur Rathee. Dont’ worry – I’ve even heard of the last two names only today. Also starring Lisa Ray!
So, the web series has 10 episodes and each with a rough run time of 30+ minutes. The ladies make friends in bar on one eventful night and remain stuck with each other ever since. Each of them has a different profile, different challenges and have a different way of dealing with people and situations. Through Sayani, we see how a startup founder can be ousted from their company, and through Kriti – we see how its perfectly normal to be jealous of your good-for-nothing’s new girl friend. V J Bani and Maanvi deal with more sensitive issues and they get the best roles of the lot. While Bani’s characterization is established as bisexual – she is only shown with lesbian tendencies through out the series. Maanvi’s issue of mother not being happy with her and her weight comes across as silly at first – but it grows on you over time. While Sayani’s character bounces back like a ball, Maanvi withdraws into more mess.
There are lot of explicit scenes and the women are as fashionable and less-dressed as they can be. While they meet at the bar, all of them do not drink anywhere except there – and only when they come as a group. There are couple of shock factors in the movie – How corporate politics work, how cheap behavior has no age limit and how bad guys always end up getting one good girl after the other.
While the female characters are strong and have very good story line and defenses for them, the weaker section of the web series are guys. For instance, Milind Soman’s character is a doctor whom Sayani secretly crushes. For a while, things look good until he suddenly starts showing interest in her. Very unlikely for a busy gynec. On similar lines, the character of Prateik – while he realizes his love for Sayani all the while, he randomly ends up with his ex who cheated on him. Not convincing enough. I understand the shots and series is all about women, but men aren’t so dumb out there. Their povs, their frustrations do not get any screen space at all.
While the 9 episodes go off like a breeze with a hiccup here and there, the 10th episode is all the tragedy. The writer and the director feel the compulsive need to introduce drama and make every story a bad ending at the end. Sayani stands in front of the man she loves with her ex, Maanvi breaks off her engagement as her prospective father in law is perverse, Bani breaks her heart yet again and Kriti is now threatened to be taken away permanently from her daughter. While I understand how story cannot be ended happily as it’s real life – but there can always be something good happening with each of the characters. Life cannot be shit for so many people at the same time.
Another weakening aspect of the plot is the “perfect” friendship between the ladies is never put to test until the last episode. They laugh and giggle, but over random conversations and nothing’s really deep. Some more time for this would have kept the audience more emotionally engaged.
So, my favorite character – Maanvi aka Siddhi Gupta. Call your girl friends home, put kids to sleep and take a tub of popcorn and enjoy!
Rating – 8/10
Have a good day and keep rocking!!