Popular web -series Made In Heaven, which revolves around the lives of two wedding planners who work for high-profile clients, is coming back this year with season 2. Despite being set in the upper echelons of the society, where weddings are a grand affair with no demands off-limit, the show took viewers through situations that seemed relatable.
Made In Heaven is led by actors Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shivani Raghuvanshi and Shashank Arora. The show dwells deep into relationships and love in the upper class and how money seems to take care of all your troubles. However, it also showcases the length people can go to get rich, while also detailing discrimination and hatred
Made In Heaven 2: Why we are looking forward to the show
Traditional Beliefs And Cultures
The show touches upon various traditions that are part of Indian weddings in depth. Many times, these traditions seem misogynistic and discriminating, like getting the girl married to a tree. But instead of taking a moral high ground, Made In Heaven underlines the fact that often it is impossible for the bride and groom to wriggle their way out of such practices, no matter how open-minded or well-educated they are.
Inner Struggles Of Characters
Both the protagonists, Tara and Karan, have their own battles to fight. Tara lives in the shadow of her rich, successful husband which is relatable to a lot of Indian women. She comes from a middle class family who finds it hard to fit in to the lavish and pretentious life of the rich. She is looking for an opportunity to do something on her own, but it is not easy for her to create her own identity.
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If said simply, Karan is gay but doesn’t scream out his sexual identity from the roof top as he knows how hard it is for people from the LGBT+ community to “fit in” and go about their normal lives under the watchful eyes of the society. The first season is set in a time when Article 377 was yet to be scrapped, but that does not mean he is ashamed of who he is. His identity and sexual orientation is an important theme of the show and his conflicts are relatable to many queer people out there.
The cost of ambition for women
From Tara to Jazz, everyone can relate to the ambitions of making it big in a megacity. For Tara, it seemed worthy to get married into a rich family but she soon realises how exhausting and toxic the reality is. Jazz, on the other hand, is new to the game, and thus is starry-eyed by the luxuries that money can buy a person. However, she soon realises that money and opportunity come at a heavy cost and only those who are lucky get a second chance. Jazz is also unapologetic about her fickle mindedness, materialistic attitude and carelessness. She is not an ideal heroine and she can’t care less.
Misogyny exists in every part of society
Be it a bride asking a sexual assault survivor to “settle” instead of taking the matters to the world, or an IAS groom’s parents demanding a hefty dowry, the show offers mutliple takes on how misogyny is a causal part of our existence. While some women, like the IAS officer’s bride, manage to walk away from the toxic treatment they are dealt with, others give in because at the end of the day survival to the next day is all that matters.
Views expressed are the author’s own.