As it is February, everywhere you look around there is something which reminds you of, well, love. Don’t know whether it can ever be in the air but it is definitely in the newspapers, on television sets, shopping malls and all online shows. One such show which released over the weekend is Pawan and Pooja on MX player and of course, it demanded binge-watching.

Pawan and Pooja is the story of not just one couple but three couples with the same name Pawan and Pooja but across varying ages. And as it unfolded over the 10 episodes it didn’t speak about love as the be-all and end-all of every relationship but about the other side of love that is not often spoken about.

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The series doesn’t speak about love as the be-all and end-all of every relationship but about the other side of love that is not often spoken about.

The old Pooja and Pawan Kalra, played by Deepti Naval and Mahesh Manjrekar make you nostalgic for the old-world love and companionship. The death of a filmmaker friend due to a heart attack at a party is a wake-up call for Pawan to fulfil all their wishes. He reminds Pooja that time is ticking and it is important to not have regrets when it is time for you to say goodbye to the world. But is ticking off everything on your regret list so easy? Even after spending a lifetime with someone, what if you have a secret that cannot be shared? What do you do when you come face to face with an existential crisis where you have to choose between not having any regret or losing your loved ones by sharing it? Can death be the solution as Pooja asks? Is it really that easy to forgive? And can you stand absolved in death?

Sharman Joshi and Gul Panag’s Pawan and Pooja Mehra are caught up in the midlife crisis where they have hit a plateau not just in their love life but also in their careers too. In their efforts to reignite the spark in their love life they decide to take an explorative path and come face to face with a situation which makes them question the basis of their relationship and brings out all the bottled by dissatisfactions they have been keeping to themselves to make their relationship work. Even though we live in the world of swipe right today, the fate of their relationship is a testimony that love cannot remain unconditional when it’s basic tenet like trust is breached.    

In their efforts to reignite the spark in their love life they decide to take an explorative path and come face to face with a situation which makes them question the basis of their relationship and brings out all the bottled by dissatisfactions they have been keeping to themselves to make their relationship work.

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The youngest Pawan and Pooja (Taaruk Raina and Natasha Bharadwaj) fall in love during a reality show but not without overcoming a plethora of challenges which are unique to the millennial generation. The two social influencers Awesome Girl Pooja Maheshwari and PoPo Pranks Pawan care more about their online followers than the real people in their lives. They sign up for living together, under cameras, for a reality show where the makers lure them with more money and fame aka more followers at every point to do their bidding. This is not just a small-town boy falling in love with an affluent metro city girl story. Their story shows how difficult it is to trust people who’s lives are governed by social media likes and followers. It also touches upon some relevant issues about sensationalism and how opinions can be formed and manipulated using social media.

They sign up living together, under cameras, for a reality show where the makers lure them with more money and fame aka more followers at every point to do their bidding.

The three couples meet each other through many coincidences. But apart from their names, there is no way the three relationships are similar. What unites the three stories are their love and its problems are believable. And more importantly, the stories don’t uphold the cliché of happily ever afters.

The show compels you to recognise the fault lines in your own relationship as at least one set of Pawan and Pooja will definitely hold a mirror to your own life. Go watch the show, you may decide it’s worth working on your regret list together.

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