November 28, 2020 2:58:08 pm
Within the seventh episode of the present, Karan Johar — the mind behind the cringe fest — questions the 4 girls of the hour. These questions had been speculated to be criticism that the 4 leads will hear after the present has aired. “Why the fuck ought to I watch a present about 4 girls who don’t have jobs? Why are these pre-menopausal girls getting on my nerves? They faux they work, however what do they really do?” Properly, Johar’s assertions are bang on level. In The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, we get the uber plush lives of the just about well-known wives of Bollywood. What else can we anticipate on condition that the manufacturing is by Dharmatic, the digital leg of Dharma Productions, the manufacturing home headed by Karan Johar.
The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives (TFLBW), an eight-part actuality present, which options 4 ‘Bollywood wives’ and their obvious fabulous lives began streaming on Friday on Netflix. The wives in query are Maheep Kapoor (spouse of Sanjay Kapoor), Bhavana Pandey (spouse of Chunky Pandey), Seema Khan (spouse of Sohail Khan) and Neelam Kothari Soni (spouse of Samir Soni), and the present is an try to offer us a no-holds-barred, all-access entry into their lives, which incorporates youngsters, their work and their husbands. Apparently, the 4 girls have been buddies for 25 years, and share a bond that may solely be tagged as ‘household’, as they’ve been collectively for the births of their youngsters, their ups and downs and so on.
TFLBW is a really homegrown tackle the phenomenon ‘Retaining with the Kardashians’ (KUWTK), which is presently in its 18th season. KUWTK was severely criticised for it’s ‘well-known for being well-known’ idea, TFLBW is, unsurprisingly, following the identical template. All of the 4 girls will now be family names, due to the present. In any other case, nobody actually knew them. Okay, maybe essentially the most ardent followers of Bollywood gossip would know these Bollywood wives. The issue with TFLBW is its premise, the primary world issues of uber-rich folks. The present opens with the looks of Shanaya Kapoor (Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor’s daughter) on the popping out debutante ball Le Ball in Paris. The junior Kapoor is rubbing shoulders with the ilk of Jet Li’s daughter, as she is offered in grownup society. All this whereas, she is practising her waltz, and the dad and mom are sipping wine and chucking oysters at a classy al fresco bistro, as they talk about the way forward for their daughter.
The opposite factor is that these Bollywood wives are simply Bollywood lite. They’re the not the who’s who of the internal circle. What we get as an alternative is the periphery of Bollywood. Sanjay Kapoor, although he’s trying spectacular sufficient in his second innings, was by no means the IT boy of Bollywood and Chunky Pandey, his reputation within the eighties and in neighbouring Bangladesh however, by no means actually received a second wind. Similar for Sohail Khan, the least identified and common of the Khan brothers. Neelam Kothari was a success identify within the eighties, however presently she is married to actor Samir Soni, who’s finest remembered for his look in Ekta Kapoor soaps. So what we have now is admittedly Bollywood lite 2.0 and a get collectively of individuals. The true Bollywood wives who’re recognisable within the business are Gauri Khan, Suzanne Khan Roshan, Kiran Rao, Twinkle Khanna and Mira Kapur. These are the power-wielding names, with prompt recall worth.
The present is an prolonged Karan Johar movie, with fairly locales, fairly garments and much more luxurious vehicles. But it surely all reeks of empty, shallow classism. A operating gag is Maheep making an attempt to speak to her home assist Rekha in Hindi, which apparently causes Seema Khan to burst into laughter each time. It’s all very distasteful and dismissive of actual individuals who dwell and work round these ‘fab 4’. TFLBW is shallow and reeks of desperation of people that needed their fifteen minutes of fame and couldn’t actually make it to a Dharma Productions movie. The present tries to humanise these one percenters, with the mothers worrying about their youngsters, and caring about trolling on social media. There’s additionally the unsaid, delicate defence of nepotism, as Sanjay Kapoor tries to defend his final identify and that of your complete new brigade of actors who’ve well-known surnames. A minimum of Karan Johar brings within the excessive emotional quotient in his movies, and we have now all sniffled once we see Shah Rukh Khan hugging Hrithik Roshan in Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham. Right here, the few tears that we see are faux at finest.
The one factor that rings true for this present is the final twenty minutes of it, as we meet Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, as they open their hearts and residential for the movie fraternity. Shah Rukh is in his ingredient, as he recounts incidents with the well-known 4, and everyone seems to be consuming out of his palms. There’s a trace of camaraderie, some closeness and shared moments as all of them go down reminiscence lane. However the remainder of all is as faux and manufactured as the various sequins on the bling attire.
We would watch the 4 wives with their completely manicured nails, their extensively blow-dried hair and wardrobes that received’t look misplaced at a ramp, however the cringe issue will increase with every passing section of the present. Proper from the wives discussing wine, to them purchasing at 60 per cent flat off at Doha and issues they’ve whereas their youngsters are off learning in international universities, the whole lot concerning the present is very unrelatable, shallow and cringeworthy.
As an epilogue, we meet the fab 4, when the lockdown was underway, they usually all meet up on zoom. The 4 are seen discussing their issues, of not having wine, and never having one useful AC of their penthouses, and that of cooking meals, because the helps are all not at their disposal. Every part leaves a foul style in a single’s mouth. Sadly TFLBW doesn’t even qualify as a responsible pleasure, as its mentor KUWTK did. It’s extremely predictable, synthetic and rings hole. Give it a miss. It’s unhappy that it’s 2020 and such reveals are being made. Watch KUWTK as an alternative, at the least it’s unique in its shallowness. You would possibly choose up style suggestions and find out how to be a social media sensation, courtesy the Queen Kardashian.
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