Made In Heaven: Web Series Review
Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi.
Director(s): Nitya Mehra, Zoya Akhtar, Prashant Nair, Alankrita Shrivastava.
Language: English, Hindi.
Channel: Amazon Prime Video.
Release Date: 8th March 2019.
Karan Mehra & Tara Khanna are two wedding planners, and their company, Made In Heaven, caters to the rich folks of Delhi, managing their weddings. Behind the glitter and glam of the seemingly dream worthy weddings, lies the ugly truth of the society that no money or class can hide. Tara & Karan wade through this professional muck, while also trying to keep their personal lives on track.
- Made In Heaven is a wholesome piece of brilliance- from its plot, the characters, setting to the cinematography and music- all the aspects are interwoven together in a seamless and perfect way.
- Made In Heaven sheds light on the uber-rich elites of the society, and their seemingly shiny world. It glorifies the world of wealthy while also showing the dark shadow that lies behind all the light. Each episode glimpses into a new family and new drama; Tara and Karan’s lives at the centrefold of it all.
- Made In Heaven has the signature Zoya Akhtar touch to it- the satirical, ironical way of portraying the harsh, stark reality around us.
- Sobhita and Arjun steal the show with their apt and to-the-point portrayal of their characters- the lying, cheating, and scheming to get the deal, or the secret planning or plotting to set the crazy, rich Indians straight- Tara & Karan are two ambiguous characters that are humane, like you and I. The quick flashback of their lives help the viewers understand their characters in an intimate way. You like them in spite of their “immoral” ways of living or doing business, because you can relate to them.
- Shashank Arora’s character, Kabir, is a breath of fresh air; the laidback photographer who blends into the background, observing everything with his keen intellect. The monologue voiceover at the end of some episodes in his voice, gives a straight account of events taking place, without any sugar-coating.
- The ensemble cast of the series, be it the new faces in each episodes or the recurring characters throughout the series, leave a lingering impression with their tiny roles and screen timings, contributing to the story and the essence of the series.
- The series touches upon societal issue such as homosexuality, patriarchy, police brutality, the-taken-for-granted attitude of the privileged, in a subtle yet strong way, without being preachy.
- While watching the series, Jim Carrey’s distinctive words come to mind- “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Be it Tara’s quest at being a part of the system, the small wedding of the company’s peon the duo arrange or Faiza’s complex personality, it all proves the old cliché that money can’t buy happiness.
- Apart from the main plot, various subplots and themes are also developing in the background; the character arcs of Jazz, Adil or Faiza, are all subordinate yet necessary to compliment the leading storyline.
- The happy, serene music of the opening credit or even at the background of all the wedding bling, contradicts the tense and sober vibe of the series. It complements the whole oxymoron theme of the story.
- Just like the tone of the entire series, the ending is ambiguous. Is it the end or will there be a second season?
Made In Heaven is grandeur, grace and glitz wrapped up with human emotions and the underlining shadow that accompanies all the shine. A definite, definite must watch.
- Made In Heaven comes with an X-Ray Bonus Features; in the sidelines you can find all the general trivia, directors and cinematographer’s point of view, fun behind the scenes footage and pictures, and cast, character & music details.
Watch The Trailer Here:
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