First thing first: Made in Heaven is boldest web-series produced in India to date. And secondly, take out enough time in hand as once you hit the start button, you won’t be able to let it go without watching all the nine super-sizzling yet engaging episodes. Welcome, the revolution is here.
Prime Video started streaming Made in Heaven from March 8, a totally apt day to launch a series that explores the regressive Indian society underneath the glitz and glamor of so-called high-class South Delhi. Be it a woman falling in love with a richer guy being called gold-digger or a progressive pilot by profession young woman shielding her father-in-law’s ugly side or another progressive foreign-educated marrying a tree quite happily to ward off the evil- each and every episode explore and throw light on the façade of the privileged class.
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Note: Spoilers ahead
Well, if you haven’t started watching the series yet and are still wondering about it, here are solid nine reasons to watch Made In Heaven right away:
For the first time, a mainstream medium has dared to not follow any stereotypes. Given that one of the main lead characters is a gay, the series could have easily fallen to the Bollywoodish gay persona which we have been used to watch for years. Thankfully, the series’ Karan is as “normal” and “efficient” as a man can be. He does not portray in-your-face characteristics, just the emotional turmoil of being sidelined and not being accepted in his true form by his own mother.
Be it Karan’s mother calling her son’s sexual orientation as some kind of “beemari” or a once-nobody girl scared of losing what she has after being married into wealth or seemingly right infidelities of Adil and Faiza- the series on the whole covers issues realistically and practically.
Like we said earlier, it is THE boldest web-series yet. Be it never-seen-before totally beautiful depiction of love gestures between two fully grown men or the ugliness that goes behind the cell or regressiveness of seemingly well-civilized people, the series does not mince a word anywhere.
Even though the show is made and written by a team of strong and powerful women, the series nowhere gets burdened with the biases of a woman’s point of view. The approach is as gender-neutral as it can get with pain and problems of women being covered with the same intensity and sensitivity as those faced by men. The “still-in-closet” landlord, the super rich, philandering yet lonely Adil, or ambitious Tara, the series nowhere gets near the preaching mode.
Well, when the trio force of Zoya Akhtar, Rima Kagti and Alankrita Srivastava come together for a single project, you should expect some torn shackles and broken boundaries.
Each and every episode is independent yet strung in a thread of narration with a generous sprinkle of completely unexpected twists. The meek-looking, underprivileged molested girl negotiating head-on for financial ‘damage-cover’ or a Punjabi accepting fate of being married to an impotent man so that she can escape her life in India- the series manages to give a subtle jolt when you are least expecting it.
The scenes like a group of workers not ready to take orders from a “mahila” or fathers resorting to taking loans (does not matter if it is 6 lakh or 2.5 crore) to marry their girls with “dhoom dhaam,” the series has delivered a few strong messages with ease and subtleness that we usually don’t see in Indian films and TV.
The casting is just spot on. It simply can’t get better. In fact, it is one of the biggest attractions of the show. Sobhita Dhulipala and Arjun Mathur are fresh and impactful as Tara and Karan. Bollywood’s highly underrated Jim Sarbh and Kalki Koechlin are portrayed two of the most interesting yet fragile characters of the show. Shivani and Shashank Arora are adorable as Jazz and Kabir.
Not to forget super-exciting guest appearances of Deepti Naval, Shweta Tripathi, Vinay Pathak, Ayesha Raza, Rasika Duggal, Maanvi Gagroo, Vikram Massey, Pulkit Samrat– you name it and they have it.
Lastly and maybe not very important for everyone out there, but we have to say this: the series is a treat for fashion-hungry eyes. Tara’s and Faiza’s wardrobe are totally worth a steal.