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TV streaming services have ushered in a new age of global television. Viewers watch ad-free TV shows, pause when they need to and pick up where they left off. This system begs the creation of sharp, stylised content to appeal to a fast-paced lifestyle. Last year I reviewed Netflix’s cutting edge “Sacred Games” (review here). My first binge-watch this year has been Amazon Prime’s “Four More Shots Please”. Read on to know if the show is worth watching:
Four unattached young women form an unlikely friendship after meeting in a bar in Mumbai. Each of them is in a different phase of life- ambitious single mother (Kirti Kulhari), OCD career-woman (Sayani Gupta), poor little rich girl (Manvi Gagroo), and runaway personal trainer (VJ Bani). They connect over their life’s sorrows and lots of booze, when the owner of ‘Truck Bar’ (Prateik Babbar), locks them in the backyard for being a nuisance.
Interesting characters like the ex-husband (Neil Bhoopalam), his girlfriend (Amrita Puri), the hot gynaecologist (Milind Soman), the sexy Bollywood star (Lisa Ray), and the snarky controlling mother (Simone Singh); add flavour to the girls’ lives and stories.
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The trailers of the show didn’t leave much to the imagination. The viewer knows what to expect from the word go- lots of sex, tons of booze, and a bucket load of female insecurities. The story isn’t groundbreaking, and neither is its handling, but that doesn’t stop it from being an enjoyable and entertaining show.
I appreciate the inherent ‘desi-ness’ of each character, such as the importance given to our families, and the peculiarities of breaking Indian glass ceilings. I also like the portrayal of extreme contradictions that exist in urban Indian settings. The show accurately captures Indian millennials coming to terms with a globalised world, while mired in their traditional roots.
Each actor, including the supporting cast, looks fabulous. Their acting skills are adequate and in some cases rather good. The background score and costumes are excellent, both helping to create the right atmosphere. The editing is crisp, cinematography colourful and bold, and captures life in Mumbai well.
The only real problem lies in the storyline. It tends to be overdramatic and harps on many silly stereotypes. The plot takes too long to build, and the denoument is rushed through in the final episode. Some situations are completely incongruous and seem to be included purely for shock value. These negative points aren’t deal-breaking though.
I can’t help but compare it to other features on female friendships. This show captures the essence of women’s bonds quite well, unlike last year’s “Veere Di Wedding” (review here). However, its excessive dramatisation makes it fall short of my all-time favourite TV show of this genre, “Sex and the City”.
Anu Menon’s “Four More Shots Please”, isn’t award-worthy, but it’s a light-hearted, entertaining, weekend binge-worthy TV show. I recommend it as worth watching. Keep in mind that you may not enjoy it if you’re easily scandalised, or prefer to watch only high-brow content.
TV Show rating: 3.5/5
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