Made In Heaven
Creators: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh
Amazon Prime Video’s Made in Heaven is a scrumptious 9-episode show which satisfies the viewer to the core. Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the show chronicles the experiences of Tara Khuranna and Karan Mehra, 2 wedding planners who run an agency called Made in Heaven. The show systematically dismantles a big fat Indian wedding to show the dark side of it.
Zoya Akhtar who now has gained the rare commendation of curating multifaceted stories with fine expertise explores different aspects of human life. The stories are authentic and are representative of the real people and their struggle. The show reveals the ugly face of the wedding industry with subtleness. Dowry deals, virginity tests, spying and political interference are just the beginning. Interestingly, the show also picks up the much debated and now abolished Section 377.
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There’s a point in the show when the lives of 5 people are being parallelly portrayed. Commonly, Indian web series in quest of overachieving tend to mess up and end up with a clumsy screenplay. Made in Heaven breaks the trend and establishes an impeccable screenplay. The scenes are powerful and effective. The makers have skillfully used flashbacks only when required. The storytelling is solid and moving.
Every artist no matter how remote a role he/she played was stunning. Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra is breathtaking and believable. He doesn’t shy away from the role of a homosexual man and pulls it off with great craftsmanship. Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara Khurrana is authentic and convincing. She manages to do justice to a complicated character. Kalki Koechlin (Faiza) and Jim Sarbh (Adil Khurrana) have a reputation of delivering impeccable performances and they maintain that. Shashank Arora as Kabir and Shivani Raghuvanshi as Jaspreet are subtle and efficient.
The list of guest appearances is endless. The show features some of the finest artists in the industry today. Neena Gupta, Vikrant Massey, Rasika Dugal and Maanvi Gagroo fit into their assigned characters with such ease and effortlessness. Vikrant Massey’s small guest appearance is immensely powerful and testimony of this art.
The makers present to you real humans that are imperfect and make mistakes. I can’t remember the last time a web series left such a strong impact on me. India’s web series market has a new ruler with Amazon Prime Video’s Made in Heaven.