What South Asian TV Show Should We Watch Next? A Gay Love Story, a Family Sitcom, a Feminist Drama?

Oh boy, time to start a new series! I finished Mentalhood, which was just perfect (frothy silly bright colored light weight fun with just the right amount of drama). I am still watching Little Things, which has taken an enormous leap forward in quality in season 2. But what should be my replacement one-episode-review-a-day show for Mentalhood????

Option 1:

Romil and Jugal, a Romeo and Juliet college romance story between two guys.

romil and jugal 1x05 | Tumblr

Pros: Swoony romance and kisses and balcony scenes between two guys, also only 10 episodes

Cons: It’s on ALTBalaji, so you all have to pay for a new service beyond Prime and Netflix

Option 2:

Heer, a feminist Pakistani TV series about a village girl who is too outspoken for her village

Synopsis of Geo TV's drama serial "Heer" - Trendinginsocial

Pros: a feminist romance with an outspoken village girl, and I checked the last episode and it is happy ending. And it’s on Prime

Cons: 22 episodes!!!!!

Option 3:

Yeh Meri Family, a family sitcom set in 1998 from the point of view of a 12 year old

Yeh Meri Family (2018-)

Pros: Only 7 episodes, on Netflix, nice and light nostalgic tone

Cons: Sitcoms are hard to review, not much to talk about.

Option 4:

Something you suggest! But light, because I refuse to watch/review something dark right now.

23 thoughts on “What South Asian TV Show Should We Watch Next? A Gay Love Story, a Family Sitcom, a Feminist Drama?

    • Excellent reasoning! And Heer does look good.

      If you just want to see a Pakistani show though, Humsafar and/or Zindagi Gulzar Hai are definitely the best ones. Both very very slow moving but super romantic and featuring the hero from Khoobsurat. Humsafar is an arranged marriage love story, slowly slowly fall in love, then misunderstandings and so on. And Zindagi Gulzar Hai is more or less Pride and Prejudice, including some post-marriage complications.

      On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 4:13 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Oh dear, not gonna promise anything else will be better! Pakistani TV shows are almost all based on novels, not like romance novels but like big deep thought provoking novels (Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, that kind of stuff). So they tend to have these kind of dark and light balanced tones. Nothing is totally completely happy until the very last episode, and even there it is a struggle.

          On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 6:05 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • They tend to get off to a sloooow start, like eight episodes before the male and female protagonists even meet, and then things pick up, and usually about halfway through the drama gets cranked up to ten and totally hooks you through to the end.

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          • But again, 22 episodes! So it’s about 5-7 hours before you reach the “totally hooked” point.

            Also, I completely agree with you. Took me about 4 tries to get into Humsafar, and then a mere 5 hours later I was addicted and staying up all night to finish.

            On Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 10:53 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Yes! I was watching Humsafar after one of the most boring family dinners ever (half of the people were sleeping on the couch, the other half playing boring cards) and still I realized we had much more fun there than people on the screen and that it would be better to stare at the wall than continuing watching the show.

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          • You wound me! Humsafar is the greatest! It’s like watching beautiful paint dry.

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          • Completely agree with Margaret! Humsafar is amazing, but even having said that, I recognize how slow it is. So, if you ever decide to watch it again, my recommendation would be to watch it from Episode 4-11, and then again from the end of Episode 14 (just watch the last 5 minutes) to Episode 23.

            Yes, I realize how ridiculous this sounds, especially given that I started with the premise that thought this show was amazing. 🙂

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          • I like this suggestion! And once you are fully embedded in the Humsafar world, you can go back and catch up on the other slow episodes.

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  1. Having watched Yeh Meri Family, I feel it is not worth it. It manipulates you into liking it using nostalgia if you grew up in India in the time period it is set in.

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  2. I would recommend Heer since more people have access to it. I have been wanting to watch it for a while. Although, I want to watch Romil and Jugal too. So maybe Heer first, and then Romil and Jugal. I also think with Heer, you may be able to combine multiple episodes into a review like you did with Humsafar. While I love Pakistani serials, as many have mentioned, they are too slow, so it takes a few episodes to get into it and understand what is happening.

    I was going to start Little Things next because of your recent reviews. I am actually pretty excited about it now.

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    • Little Things is SO GOOD! The first season is really light until the final episode, so just binge that whole thing to get to the finale (it’s only an hour and 15 minutes). But every episode of season 2 is really deep and thought provoking and interesting.

      Huh, might end up being Heer! I wish I had a break down available to me telling me which episodes to watch in a cluster, but then I am the person who would write that break down! so I guess I have to start from scratch.

      On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 10:14 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • My guess from just havign read the 1 sentence plot summaries in Prime, 1-7, 8-13/14, and then till the end. But again, just a guess. Also, the episodes are approximately 36 minutes long, which is nice. I was expecting them to be a lot longer.

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