The series progresses by capturing a society that is not quite made in heaven, while unravelling the quest of people in search of themselves.
n the heart of India, the duo of Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti wield their creative wands to conjure a realm both mesmerizing and gritty. Embracing uncomfortable conversations and uncharted narratives, the much-awaited second season of Made in Heaven made it to our screens in August after a tantalizing four-year hiatus since the first season’s release.
Enveloped within the opulence of majestic weddings and larger-than-life narratives, Made in Heaven season 2 promises to be an engaging watch.
With a captivating trailer, it was certain that the series was not going to sell itself short. Some may have thou-ght the romantic drama was long forgotten and buried under the avalanche of content released in the past four years. But oh, how they underestimated the fervor of a fan base that resurrected with a roar, ready to journey once again alongside its creators.
After recapping the first season, we fast-forwarded six months to a transformed landscape. The series embraces the same format but gone are the days of easy profits, and the company’s lavish office is replaced with a humbler setup, courtesy of Jauhari (Vijay Raaz). Amidst this shift, our main protagonists, Tara and Karan, have their own personal turmoil. While Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) is in the midst of finalizing her divorce, Karan (Arjun Mathur) still has a strained relationship with his mother.
If one assumed that a tide of troubles would dim the dazzling allure of the show, they were proven wrong quickly. The second season of Made in Heaven refuses to compromise on grandeur; if anything, it elevates it.
In a production that’s a symphony of meticulous craftsmanship, no facet of luxury remains unexplored.
This sequel stands sho-ulder to shoulder with its predecessor, if not towering even higher, a testament to the unyielding commitment to quality that runs through every frame.
This season has everything from celebrity weddings in the French Riviera to nawab unions back home.
Made in Heaven’s second season stands as a remarkable testament to the mastery of storytelling and its undeniable power to reflect societal intricacies. Our only concern with the series is its balance between driving a message and weaving a narrative. In some instances, a softer touch could have been employed, allowing the messages to be subtly ingrained and encouraging the audience to explore unaddressed questions and grapple with uncomfortable truths.
The personal life of the protagonists, however, is not so impressive. Their personal lives remain intricately woven into a web, some of which is making of their own. Tara finds herself socially isolated from her upper-class friends and moves in with Karan.
Nagged by her mother for getting a divorce, with no friends to confide in, and a divorce settlement to fight, Tara takes solace with her new boyfriend. On the other hand, Karan is occupied with finding a way to pay back his loans and convince his mother, who is not talking to him, to get chemo treatment for cancer.
Amidst this, fans might find discord in the pacing, a departure from the equal character development they embraced in the first season. While the evolution of these protagonists remains captivating, the absence of a comprehensive exploration of Tara’s emotional odyssey leaves a void in this sequel’s narrative canvas.
Also joining the ensemble cast are Mrunal Thakur, Radhika Apte, Shibani Dandekar, Dia Mirza, Sameer Soni, and Sanjay Kapoor. Trinetra Haldar steps into the shoes of Meher Chaudhry, a vocal advocate for trans rights, bringing both education and passion to the Made in Heaven team.
The graceful Mona Singh enters the fold as the meticulous auditor, Bulbul Jau-hari, a woman of unwavering conviction and resilience, navigating battles on both domestic and professional fronts, and emerging victorious. Unfortunately, the humor she brings to the show is soon lost due to the dark turn of events. Meanwhile, the arcs of Kabir Basrai (played by Shashank Arora) and Jas-preet, or Jazz Kaur (embodied by Shivani Raghuvanshi), mirror the trajectory set in the previous season. However, their relationship’s intricate layers fail to resonate as powerfully as they could have.
Kalki Koechlin and Jim Sarbh as Faiza Naqvi and Adil Khanna, respectively embrace their characters to perfection, but it was impossible to sympathize with the characters’ situation.
Made in Heaven is nothing without the social issues it embraces, which are often forsaken in our troubled societal backdrop.
Each episode unfurls a distinct narrative, spanning from tackling racism, seeking equality within the Dalit community, confronting infidelity, delving into poly-gamy, the season navigates a spectrum of themes. Each battle feels remarkably close, bearing a personal resonance that transcends mere storytelling. Kudos to the makers for crafting a narrative, that both captivates and enlightens.
Our only concern with the series is its balance between driving a message and weaving a narrative. In some instances, a softer touch could have been employed, allowing the messages to be subtly ingrained and encouraging the audience to explore unaddressed questions and grapple with uncomfortable truths. The narrative could have been more compelling if the preachy element had been occasionally subdued.
Furthermore, there were moments when the company, Made in Hea-ven itself, faded into the background, which we felt deserved to be explored; after all, the series revolves around it at its core.
Made in Heaven’s second season stands as a remarkable testament to the mastery of storytelling and its undeniable power to reflect societal intricacies.
It has not only enthralled the entertainment landscape but, more significantly, etc-hed its impact on the hearts of its audience. The series daringly embarks on uncharted territories, delving into subjects often skirted due to discomfort, and introduces us to characters we may habitually turn a blind eye to.
In its essence, Made in Heaven challenges us to contemplate the reality that envelops society and the narratives that are underneath the hidden corners of glitz and glamour. Despite the occasional flaws here and there, Made in Heaven is the ideal show to binge watch in one setting.