I watched it! My goodness this is a sunny silly show. I highly recommend it if you are interested in watching a sunny silly show that has more of a “plotline” than the first season (thank goodness). Oh, and I’m extra proud of myself because I gave myself a deadline of Saturday to finish, and I have finished and reviewed today!
Just the background for the show, Gauri Khan and Maheep Kapoor and Bhavana Panday are parents of three girls who have been best friends through out school. And then Seema Kapoor is the wife of Sohail Khan and a good friend of Maheep. And Neelam is a 90s actress and long time friend of Seema. So the leads of the show are legitimately long term friends, but with a variety of depths to their friendships. I find Maheep/Bhavana especially interesting because they are so CLEARLY people who would only be friends because their kids are friends, but at the same time that can be the deepest friendship of all in some ways.
Maheep Kapoor’s husband is Sanjay Kapoor, the youngest of the 3 Kapoor brothers. He was the hot actor of the moment for a few years in the 90s, and has kept acting in father roles and occasionally working in the family production house and like that in more recent years. Their daughter Shanaya Kapoor is about to be launched as an actress.
Bhavana Panday is married to Chunky Panday who is currently a hardworking comic actor, but in the past has also done straight up PHENOMENAL acting jobs. He just works and works and works and everyone likes him. Their daughter is Ananya Panday who is a rising star.
Neelam is way more famous than her husband, Samir Soni. She was a big big deal in the late 80s and 90s and is still beloved. He is a hardworking TV actor and occasional character actor.
Seema’s ex is Sohail Khan, one of Salman’s brothers. He’s done a little acting, a little directing, a little of a lot of stuff. They got married young and Seema has been part of the top level of industry since then.
Anyway, storylines of this season! Bhavana and Chunky are doing a vow renewal because they are adorable. Maheep is a little worried about her marriage with Sanjay now that their kids are grown and out of the house. Seema is acknowledging herself as single (after living in separated limbo for years). And Neelam is struggling to integrate her husband with her friend group instead of being pulled between the two.
Between the women, Seema is bursting out with resentment over how Neelam dropped her after she married Samir a few years earlier, how Neelam is presenting herself as the “perfect” Indian wife who always puts her husband first. Maheep and Bhavana are struggling because Maheep is irritated by how Bhavana is always trying to have thing both ways, always being sensitive, and etc. And Bhavana is frustrated by how her friends trust her to be the easygoing one who makes peace.
Also, they do a photoshoot at Gauri’s furniture store, have dinner party with the husbands, go on a safari trip to Rajasthan (am I the only one thinking about Neelam’s pending criminal case on the Blackbuck poaching case?), meet Ranveer Singh, and have the vow renewal.
This is a much better season than season 1. I think the issue with season 1 was the thinking that just because they had big name celebrities in the show, or related to the show, people would be interested. This season, they had ACTUAL STORYLINES tying everything together, and also the women were way more real and honest.
I mean, last season Seema wasn’t even openly saying her marriage was over. This season, she’s angry and single and resentful of Neelam’s “perfect wife” pose. And Maheep is casually talking about how Sanjay cheated on her early in their marriage and she decided to stay for the kids but there’s still some insecurity there. And the complicated dynamics of the shifting female friendships, that is all there too.
This is a big leap, not just for the show but for the way public personas are handled in Hindi film. It’s been shifting for a while, more and more folks talking about living together before marriage and mental health issues and lots of openness and honesty. But seeing this generation! The aging 90s people! Being all open and honest about divorces and friendships and infidelity, that’s a BIG deal!
Okay, now discussion time!
Rank the male characters:
My rankings in order from Best Man to Worst Man
Rank your favorite of the female leads:
Bhavana! She’s so sweet, I love her
Seema! She’s so angry, I love her
Maheep! She’s normal
Neelam! Stop being so perfect all the time Neelam!
Bonus: Sima Taparia, even worse than Neelam. OMG Sima, sometimes marriages just don’t work out! Stop pushing!
Bonus 2: Gauri, obviously classier and confidenter than everyone else everywhere, my bonus favorite, even better than Bhavana
Oh, and bonus discussion question: what do we feel about the “jobs” these women have?
It’s interesting that they have a discussion which starts with them all remembering Gauri deciding to start a career. Because Gauri really does have a career, she is respected as a leader in her industry. And none of these other women quite have that.
But should I tell them not to do anything just because they aren’t good at it? I mean, if you think about it as a hobby, as the equivalent of the needlepoint my great grandmother used to do, what’s the harm? None of these women are pretending to be the top fashion designer, or the top jewelry designer or whatever. They just do the stuff they like to do because they need their own identity beyond being a wife. I think what bothers me is when a hobby wife type presents themselves as “serious” even though they aren’t. It’s a fine line, but it’s an important one I think.
And really, what else are they going to do? Plan charity events? Do temple fundraisers? Obsess over plastic surgery and instagram poses? I do jigsaw puzzles for fun, let Seema do her clothing designs.