Web- series : Made in Heaven (2019)
Streaming Platform : Amazon Prime
Genre : Drama
Written: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar, Alankrita Shrivastava
Story : Vivek Anchalia
Players : Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala
Amidst the barbaric machismo of Sacred Games and Mirzapur, Zoya Akhtar gives you brilliant study of relationships, friendships, power, politics and sexuality of postmodern Indian citizens.
Akhtar’s web series Made in Heaven narrates the stories of marriages (read the Great Indian marriages ) in and around Delhi. Made in Heaven revolves around two wedding planners Karan Mehra and Tara Khanna and their baby .i.e. Made in Heaven. Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra dazzles across the series with his struggle and liberation as a homosexual man. I guess, after Jishu Sengupta as the homosexual (ok bisexual choreographer in Ghosh’s Chitrangada) and Manoj Bajpai in Aligarh, Mathur delivers a hard-hitting portrayal. He is not a person who is going to sit back and tolerate non-sense.
Sobhita Dhulipala (essaying Tara Khanna), who was last seen in Raman Raghav 2 gets enough screen time and tries very hard to justify her character. Well, she shines in a few of the sequences especially towards the end, where she discovers the importance of one’s identity, roots. The final fight with her husband, before she leaves the house forever, well great job. Look out for the platonic relationship (ok friendship ) between Tara and Karan.
The girl from Titli, Shivani Raghuvanshi is a fresh breeze of air. If she gets the right project, she is the star to look out for. Shivani as Jazz eats up her co-star’s screen presence in almost every scene in the series. She is an ambitious soul trapped in the body of a lower-middle-class Punjabi family of Delhi. She commits mistakes, sleeps with a guy without any emotions, makes out under the influence of alcohol, steals stuff, beat the shit out of her stoned brother, looks after her family and speaks her mind. Well, that is the young Indian woman who can take care of her own.
Now, the guy from Brahman Naman as the official photographer, Shashank Arora (as Kabir) doesn’t get much of the dialogues, but he reacts brilliantly in almost every scene. His voice-over towards the end of each episode is a thing to cherish.
Made in Heaven provides a tussle between the tradition, individuality, modernism and westernisation. It tackles several issues like homosexuality, infidelity, caste conflict, dowry, impotency, sexual independence, narcotics, power politics and religious extremism among others.
The narration is brilliant and the moment of reflection between the character’s past and present is a pure delight. The flaws in the characters, the convergence of multiple storylines, the production values, the voice-over towards the end, the background score and crispy editing make this one a highly re-watchable series.
Muaah, thanks for showing the authentic sides of Delhi
Ratings – 9/10
Layered and multiple story lines
Excellent character build-up
Aesthetically executed love scenes
Usage of the Qawali “ Aye re Sakhi more Piya Ghar Aaye “
The loyalty of friendship between Tara and Karan
Vinay Pathak as the peeping and helpless landlord leaves a mark
Kalki Koelchin is repeating herself.
Jim Sarbh, sorry.
Kabir’s origin remains unexplored
Disclaimer – Images from the internet.
Enjoy the trailer