OMG, this show looks like such trashy fun. Even if (I’m guessing) Shahrukh will appear for 30 seconds with no dialogue and Gauri will appear for 5 minutes in one episode and never again.
The wives! Maheep Kapoor wife of Sanjay Kapoor, sister-in-law of Anil Kapoor and Boney Kapoor, aunt of Arjun Kapoor and Harsh and Sonam Kapoor, and mother of Shanaya (Suhana Khan’s childhood best friend).
Neelam Kothari, an actress in her own right, in several big films of the 90s as a supporting player (Agneepath, Hum Saath Saath Hain, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai), then married a regular working TV/character actor Samir Soni (Lajja, Baghban, I Hate Luv Storys) and retired.
Seema Khan, wife of Suniel Khan, sister-in-law of Salman and Arbaaz Khan, daughter-in-law of Salim and Helen Khan.
Bhavana Panday, wife of character actor Chunky Panday, mother of rising actress Ananya Panday who is also the childhood best friend of Suhana Khan.
Maheep and Bhavana we have seen in public for years, part of the inner circle around Shahrukh and Gauri thanks to their childrens’ friendship. Seema and Neelam tend to be photographed a little less, or at least I am less aware of them. But I certainly know of them. Seema is the one stable daughter-in-law of the Khan family, her marriage with Suniel is generally assumed to be solid and it gives her a status in the industry and respect in the city. Neelam, of course, is Neelam! Generally liked, decently famous as an actress all by herself, and her husband works steadily and seems generally liked as well.
Generally speaking, I believe there is a strong community of film wives in Bombay. We know that Maheep and Bhavana and Gauri are friends because they are so photographed, but I absolutely believe that Seema and Neelam are also part of the same social group. And probably dozens of other wives who weren’t interested in being in this show are equally close friends. We know from the press that this community has big parties maybe once a week (birthdays and so on), and really truly huge parties every few months (major weddings and massive holiday gatherings). I’m going to assume there are also smaller get togethers in between, drinks after school drop off and so on. So that means this community of wives is seeing each other at least twice a week. That’s going to create a tight TIGHT relationship structure no matter what. So okay, we will follow these 4 particular women, and they will be all up in each other’s business, and maybe they aren’t “best friends” outside of this show, but I bet they are still super SUPER close friends just through propinquity.
What is this community like? What do we already know? Well, we know most of their kids go to the same school (the Ambani school). We know they always look spectacular, which means a lot of time on clothes and hair and general maintenance. We know they spend a lot of time with their husbands and kids, that is, a lot of time when you are talking rich celebrity culture. If this show wants to suggest they give in put on script choices and are doing the day to day grind of parenting, I’ll believe it. We also know they are somewhat isolated. This crowd of “wives” isn’t part of the old money Bombay society, or the artistic society, they are too rich to be “artists” but too new to be “money”. So fine, they can spend their lives shopping and taking care of their families and revolving around this one small world.
And finally, where is Shahrukh and Gauri in all of this? Well, we know that Maheep and Bhavana are two of their closest friends. Shahrukh and Gauri in their young years spent a ton of time hanging with Salman’s family, so they probably have an old connection to Seema as well. And of course Shahrukh co-starred with Neelam. Shahrukh and Gauri are also the Top Couple in the particular “star wife” kind of world. Kiran Rao and Aamir don’t really fit, they aren’t social beings and while they certainly know and like all these people, they aren’t regulars in the social scene. Salman is still not married, so he can’t be part of the couple world. Kajol and Sridevi and Rani and other former actresses just aren’t interested in playing the social game. Twinkle Khanna and Suzanne Khan are probably equally in influence to Gauri in the female scene, but their partners aren’t the same as Shahrukh. It’s not just that they aren’t as popular as film stars, but that they aren’t as all in on the film society. Hrithik has a hard time making friends outside of his family, Akshay likes to work and go home. And so Gauri and Shahrukh reign supreme, Gauri with her long time Girl Gang and loving the film wife social scene, Shahrukh with his actual power (as actor everyone wants to work with, and rising producer) plus just his social charm and hosting parties and attending parties and so on.
I’m gonna guess that Gauri will actually for real show up on camera briefly. She hates publicity, but these are some of her closest friends, it might be fun for her. I’m gonna guess that Shahrukh will just be glimpsed at a distance. It’s Netflix where he has a really good relationship, it’s his wife’s friends, but it would also way WAY lower his brand to appear on a reality show like this.
Okay, that’s all I’ve got! Watch the trailer and tell me what you think.