I put off watching this as long as I could. Lets just say I’m a person with extreme likes and dislikes and a few preconceived notions. So when I first saw the promo for this web series, I had in kind decided that it would be one of those ghastly made Indian Hinglish series, a smattering of which I have been privy to. And the theme: wedding planning didnt exactly get my adrenaline pumping.
So, Made In Heaven, possibly the best Indian web series, shot so far, lay forgotten and forlorn. Until last week, when for the lack of something common to watch with the husband, since lockdown has made this a kind of temp- permanent feature, we dug it out together. And boy, was I kicked?
Fine, sleek, super entertaining, sexily shot, deeply nuanced characters and even the many stories woven into a common tale akin to Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales, it blew me away. I loved it. Mostly every bit including the fact that India has given such a kick ass heroine to the world of web series.
Dusky, explosive, simmeringly sensual Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara Khanna is as finely flawed and human a character as can be. She is like every girl from a poverty stricken family who claws her way through the pants of the hero, played by Jim Sarbh, telling us how normal it is to do that, when you have nothing to lose.
And yet, she is not a trophy wife, as anybody would expect. Her passion for her little company that she runs with her gay partner played by Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra and the strong bond they share as professionals and friends is praiseworthy. Wedding planning is her forte and as she helps couples tie the knot or sometimes break it, given her strong sense of selective integrity, we see her own life flash in front of us as she sinks into the upper class world she so desperately wanted to belong to.
Her loss of identity, her sense of self, that is brought home, when her rich husband starts an affair with her best friend, is what makes life come full circle for her. She realises that she will not be a second choice and neither will she allow herself to wallow in self pity. She picks herself up and in a classic twist in the tale, shows us what it is to be a survivor. She’s always been one.
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti got it wrong with the inspid movie Honeymoon Travels they made some time ago, but it has largely been a profitable journey for both, post that debacle. Made In Heaven is truly the best, sharpest Indian web series we have, with the essential darkness enveloping us at certain junctures. Celebrate it.
Watch on Amazon Prime now.