Starring: Prajakta Kori, Rohit Saraf, Taalk Raina, Ranvijay Sinha, Vidya Malvede, Vihan Samat, Muskaan Jaferi
Star Rating: 2/5
second season of disagreement — Netflix’s young adult romance series, based on Sandhya Menon’s book When Dimple Met Rishi, feels less like a show than it feels like a statement. That means no characters in the show are allowed to exist unless they prove a point. Such.
The proceedings are so comprehensive that the storytelling comes last. That is, the new season unfolds without the sort of depth or character development that is pure melodrama. A season that seems to highlight progressive ideas. Discrepancy S2 It remains a wasted opportunity. It’s forgettable, poorly acted, has no chemistry, and is so clumsily staged that it’s endlessly frustrating.
Spanning eight episodes, the new season picks up the first season’s cliffhanger ending that hints at an impending love triangle. Dimple (Prajakta Cori), geek maiden in distress, Rishi (rohit saraf), a naive believer in the only true love, their broken relationship is concluded by the fact that Dimple kissed classmate Hersh (Vihan Samat) in weak moments.It asks the writers (the new season is written by Gazal Dhaliwal, Aarsh Vora, Akshay Jhunjhunwala, and Nandini Gupta) to ask, “Do they? Won’t they? It exhausts rom-com templates to the limit, neither of them manages, the question is whether the two characters actually end up together or not because the proceedings are designed to be so unimaginable Or is it against the mystery that comes with wondering if they even want it. Then, at the show’s convenience, Dimple and Rishi get back together, fight, and then make up.Plot developments turn into ruse when they exist without any purpose about this central love triangle. increase
The show’s distaste for dangerous storytelling shows in the way it treats its characters. Much of that stems from the show’s reluctance to examine its characters’ dark, selfish impulses without sugarcoating them. All characters are given a redemption arc here, regardless of what transgression they committed. So, just as skinny Instagram influencers go from bully to victim in a matter of minutes, betrayal of best friends is highlighted in a saccharine backstory about survival.
in the universe of disagreementBut Mismatched neglects to really develop its characters by over-explaining their motivations at every opportunity. For example, consider a storytelling device that new seasons subscribe to. Each episode is held together by a narration from the show’s characters. So most of the season really revolves around characters who tell everything in their minds without the writers making any effort to narratively articulate the odds at stake (” I just want to unconsciously scroll until the pain in my heart numbs”). The dialogue, in particular, is very bland and pretentious, and works against its own characters.
Nowhere is the danger of older people speaking for young people more apparent than in the show’s second season. To say that none of the producers, including director Akarsh Khurrana, really understand young adults, is a polite understatement simply because of how dedicated the show is to turning all young adults into caricatures. The second season’s commitment to tone and theme sex education meet euphoria aesthetic without really committing to making the leap. For example, her lean clout, paralyzed by her body image issues, is duped by her horny boyfriend looking for sex elsewhere. Exceptionally, the subplots are deployed so conservatively that they are not interested in exploring the relationship between masculinity and virginity loss, or in making sense of how young people actually view love and sex. It looks like you have
That the show doesn’t quite have the wit or intelligence to fully portray the intricacies of the romantic and sex lives of young adults is most evident in the superficial imaginings of queer romances. Priya Banerjee — arguably the show’s worst casting decision — the low-key girl on campus was kicked out last season as Aisha Dugilala, an attractive, openly queer woman who embarks on a romance with Namrata. Banerjee’s girlfriend Ayesha is a startup founder who is on campus and mentors students on the apps they are building. As is standard for her second season, she hasn’t spent a single minute showing off her professional genius. Instead, the show tells us that she’s alone and expects us to buy it.
Even ignoring the potential cases of grooming such unequal power dynamics could manifest in this romantic coupling, it’s frankly hard for the makers to ignore the way Banerjee’s character turns into a metaphor. Impossible. Her sermons on homosexuality, homophobia and agency (there’s even a music video) feel like she clearly writes that her presence on the show is akin to a disclaimer. Under the guise of writing “The Lucky Lady” if it’s not as bad as stripping her of her personality (he’s a show about whether people are nerdy or charming — Aisha is naturally both of these) , the second season disagreement It also speaks to how often a woman’s ambitions reside off-screen. The show not only fails to build on its half-hearted but promising first season, but more importantly, disagreement You can’t justify your own universe (case in point: two queer women openly kiss in a Jaipur fort in front of Rajasthani folk dancers and it’s impossible to remain unscathed is).
In it, the second season is not only limited by directional inefficiency and shoddy execution, but it also often seems storyless. It’s hard to stay invested in Dimple and Rishi’s love story. The second season doesn’t have that kind of luck, with Saraf and Koli spending much of the season looking grumpy and seemingly losing their grip on their characters. , looks nervous. Saraf, in particular, seems indifferent to his personality.
By comparison, Samat and Kori are able to conjure an incredible chemistry that keeps things going for a while, but the effect is diluted by Samat’s deadpan, sharp emotion. It’s amazing how the best is. Muskkan Jaferi’s turn as Selina is simply unbearable. Even Krittika Bhardwaj’s perky screen presence can’t save the show’s simplistic understanding of the internet and Gen Z influencers. Taaruk Raina turns into a thoughtful turn as the flamboyantly silent disabled Anmol.One character in the show has a meaningful arc.
After all, the second season disagreement For example, it proves how mediocre Indian creators can be despite having all sorts of resources at their disposal. Across eight episodes, Mismatched remains dedicated to forcing aesthetics rather than incredible storytelling. Even as storytelling formats and vehicles change, Indian storytellers are clearly trapped in their own conditioning. You’d think it would have been easier to write his drama, Lighthearted Romance His Campus, if he didn’t come to terms with the unrealistic expectations that Bollywood has imposed on the genre.But then you find shows like disagreement It still paints the romantic-comedy genre with a reductive lens, giving the illusion of subverting outdated ideas while defending them. I hope you don’t just ask the manufacturer to actually do it.
Poulomi Das is a film and culture writer, critic and programmer.Follow her writing for more twitter.
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