Okay, two episodes left and I still have NO idea what the ending will be! That is a sign of a very well constructed series.
This episode really digs into how troubled young people can be. It’s 3 kids, Amara and Avi and also Nutty Fan. Avi’s suicide story is leaked to the press. Amara has a meltdown at school when she doesn’t get a callback for an open casting call and it is recorded and leaked. And then we learn that Nutty Fan is obsessed because he is sure that Madhuri is his mother, based on his birthdate and that it was right when Madhuri disappeared from view after her affair with Manav. Madhuri is trying to juggle all 3 of these kids in a fairly ruthless way. She has Billy beat up nutty fan for her, and then coldly makes clear to Billy that she knows he is the one who leaked the story about Avi. She is even cold to Manav, they have dinner together and she takes control and says she wants to talk about now, not the past. And in the present, Nutty Fan tracks down Billy and kills him. Before getting the DNA results that show him Madhuri is not his mother after all.
It’s Amara’s meltdown that I find most interesting. She’s wrong and out of control, but she is still sympathetic. Her mother is the most beautiful amazing wonderful woman in India and everyone is going to compare them, always. So now she is flailing, trying to find herself, find a way to feel good on the inside. She has decided she should be an actress, that will make her feel better, but she can see that her friend has more talent than she does. And she gives a whole teary break down speech about how her friend only got the callback because she is sexy, because she will sleep with the director, because of how she dresses, and that Amara DESERVES this chance because her mother is Madhuri! It’s all the arguments online, all the toxic everything around casting of young women, distilled into one sobbing argument. And what I like best about it is that the show treats it as one bad moment in life. We like Amara! At least, I do. She’s lost and young and sad, but she’s also smart, and she really is in a horrible place in life trying to find herself in the shadow of this mother. And we know that she doesn’t REALLY think or feel all of those things she said. At least, she doesn’t think or feel them all the time, it just came bubbling up just then. For celebrities, especially celebrity kids, you are never allowed to have a bad moment and it’s not fair.
Plotwise, Billy’s murder is discovered but the police aren’t sure it is connected. Shobha, our police officer, is dealing with her own custody issue and she and her partner are trying to prove their right to custody of their son versus her partner’s ex-husband who is the boy’s biological father. She is taken off the case which makes her start thinking in a new way, want to understand fully who Madhuri is or was in order to understand what is happening. The film music launch goes ahead, Manav is acting crazy, Sanjay is trying to act normal, and Amara gets so upset that she sneaks off to have sexy with Nutty Fan. In the past, Madhuri takes her kids to spend the day with Manav at his farmhouse and decides that this is what she wants, a peaceful family life with her kids and Manav, nothing else.
Oh Amara! And Oh Avi! I’m not the only one who is feeling for them more and more, right? Amara sleeps with Nutty Fan because he pays attention to her and tells her she is pretty. This is a pretty horrible thing she is going through right now, and so far we have only seen Nutty Fan and sometimes her brother reaching out to her. Not her father, not her grandmother, not any friends. She is an isolated fragile little girl and she makes a baaaaaaaaaaad mistake. Meanwhile, in the past, Avi goes to therapy with Madhuri and is still so ashamed and guilty and miserable about his sexuality that he can’t even say the words. His best friend essentially confesses his love to him and Avi, who clearly loves him back, can’t bring himself to reach for that happiness either. But the thing is, these troubled kids really really need their mother, but their mother can’t “mother” them if she can’t have what she needs as well. Avi’s therapist pushes Madhuri to say what SHE wants because that’s part of Avi’s life and needs, having a happy mother. Manav pushes her too. And now that she knows what she wants, or says she does, what is she going to do about it?