Well that ending wasn’t….great. But good news! I think we can fix it if we just think it through a little bit.
The series as a whole is extremely high quality, all characters are sympathetic to varying degrees, and then instead of ending with a sort of subtle moment it goes for HIGH DRAMA and sudden turn towards villainy. Booooo! Pretty sure this was just a “well, we have to end on the most dramatic possible moment, so let’s create that” instead of a naturally evolving ending.
The reveal that Madhuri coordinated her own kidnapping is inevitable and feels built into the whole structure of the show. We see how it solves all her problems, makes her popular again, forces her family to rethink their behavior, and just plain gives her a bit of a break. The fact that she is able to disappear through reaching out to a former lowlevel film worker that no one would even remember let alone suspect is GENIUS. And seeing how her disappearance has unintended consequences, bringing a dangerous person into her family, throwing her lover into despair, and so on, that also feels natural. No one can predict everything, she was taking a desperate risk.
But then we suddenly have the reveal that her seemingly trustworthy and fragile daughter was in on it all along, AND was willing to lock her mother up forever in order to take her fame and place, and that’s just BONKERS.
Here’s what I would do: First, I wouldn’t kill off Manav Kaul. He’s way too good an actor and it was way too juicy a plot to just drop. Instead, I would make him deeply injured and perhaps brain dead. Madhuri can still feel the consequences of her actions and there can still be the false solution that he did it based on his rambling confessional social media post. Killing him just doesn’t work in the second to last episode just doesn’t work, there really isn’t enough time to feel the effect of his death.
Second, I wouldn’t make Amara the conspirator. I would make it Lata, the maid. I would keep the reveal that Amara was following a script from her mother on how to make the public love her, but that she was doing it because she was balancing sincere worry with ambition. That’s much more interesting. Making it Lata keeps with the idea of Madhuri disappearing by using people who are invisible themselves.
Third, I would have the reveal that the plan wasn’t to have Sanjay wrongfully arrested for her kidnapping, but rather to bring to the public his abuse of her and their children and have him RIGHTFULLY arrested for that so that she can return and divorce him with full public sympathy, while the kidnapping is framed on Nutty Fan.
Fourth, I would end with Madhuri returning. To discover that her family isn’t quite as she left it. The reveal that her daughter is now dating the crazy stalker fan she was planning to frame. Maybe an angry confrontation with Manav’s daughter, telling her that she knows what she did and it almost killed her father. And that the cop suspects her. That would be juicy! Have her come out at the film premiere and, right after that moment of triumph when she feels all her plans are in play, have it turned on it’s head as she meets her daughter’s boyfriend, sees Manav’s daughter angry in the crowd, meets eyes with the cop, and so on.
Okay, what would you change? And why?
New topic, Season 2! What Do We Want?
First, I think they have to reset the worst parts of the finale. Have Amara show up the next day, apologize, and explain she just wanted Madhuri to have one day of uncertainty. So Amara goes back to being an ambitious self-centered young woman, but not a total MONSTER.
But after that, I really want to dig into Tabitha, Manav’s daughter. She is already a bit angry at Madhuri for how her life was messed up by the affair when she was little, I imagine she would be REALLY angry now that her father is dead and she understands it is at least partly because of Madhuri’s actions. Plus obsessed with clearing her father’s name. I think having this young woman who grew up around fame without wanting fame being the antagonist would be GREAT.
And they need to address the whole “Nutty Fan KILLED BILLY” plot that was just dropped. It’s a murder that needs to be solved, it’s a sign of how Nutty Fan isn’t just “disturbed” but is actually dangerous, and we had this little hint dropped in about how Amara was close to Billy and misses him. Learning her new boyfriend killed him would certainly be distressing! And interesting!
And they need to un-redeem Sanjay. The man is abusive trash! I completely believed his swings from fragile and needy to angry and violent. Did not believe the final “one night in jail made me a humble understanding man” twist.
Oh, and Avi is secretly Manav’s son. That would be GREAT to tie into Tabitha’s plotline. Like, after her father dies she gets a letter he left which reveals that Avi is her brother. She seeks Avi out and gets close to him without telling him why while at the same time guilting Madhuri and plotting her vengeance.
Okay, that’s what I’ve got for season 2, what do you have?