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The Real Yet Imperfect Characters of Made In Heaven!

The Real Yet Imperfect Characters of Made In Heaven!

"They say marriages are made in heaven, but on the ground the reality is slightly different”, says actor Shashank Arora in the intriguing trailer of Made In Heaven.

If you are one of those who waits for a proper review of every film / tv series, before commiting practically the next 10 hrs binge watching it, then please by all means, go ahead and watch Made In Heaven. 

 

From the surface, it looks like the story of two wedding planners, Tara Khanna, played by Sobhita Dhulipala and Karan Mehra, played by Arjun Mathur. However as every episode unfolds, the layers come off! We are exposed to topics that are bold and pull you deeper into the dark lives of people, in the most nuanced way possible. It’s sensitive, raw and unadulterated.

1. Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara Khanna

Not your typical rich girl, Tara Khanna belongs to a lower middle class family who, then climbs her way into Delhi’s high society, by marrying her (then) boss now husband, Adil Khanna. She is the outsider who manages to get in, and is now struggling to survive. She lived in world where she was taught how to groom herself and now has successfully polished her way to becoming someone, even she can’t recognise. Sobhita’s acting is so raw, that you are moved to tears at her helplessness. Armed with haute couture, the class struggle never leaves her mind.

2. Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra

MIH has certainly dealt with topics that have yet to be normalised in Bollywood’s day to day narrative. Karan Mehra is an open gay man, trying to make a living in Delhi. Not once has he been portrayed as the stereotypical gay man, Bollywood has been conveniently showcasing. However, it does raise important questions. His mom’s response, when she finds out about his sexual orientation, his neighbour invading his privacy and his assault at the hands of the police, just goes on to show how deep rooted homophobia is, in our minds and society.

 

3. Jim Sarabh as Adil Khanna

As Tara tries to balance her job and marriage, Adil her businessman husband is busy having an affair with his wife’s best friend. Jim Sarbh’s immaculate showcase of Adil convinces you of the dilemma in his head, without the use of too many words. He is this rich guy who feels that his wife’s anger and frustration is a bigger crime that his affair.



4. Kalki Koechlin as Faiza Naqvi

The quintessential best friend turned foe, Faiza’s conversations with her therapist is just another portrayal of a flawed character. Divorced, unemployed and living with her parents, she now deals with the tag of a homewrecker. Her best friend Tara’s ignorance breaks her, however its her loneliness that pulls her towards Adil, even after breaking up with him in the wake of their affair coming to light. However beneath all this, is the simple girl, dealing with mental health issues and seeking help.



5. Shashank Arora as Kabir Basrai

Kabir Basai is another gem in the narrative. Playing the role of the experienced, omnipresent, wedding photographer, who sees through all the glitz and glamour, and voices his opinion time and again. He is the typical ’I speak my mind’ kind of guy, (mostly just voicing the audience’s views!)



6. Shivani Raghuvanshi as Jasmeet ”Jazz” Kaur

The outsider, Jasmeet or Jazz, as she likes to be called, is the naive, shy girl who is star struck by the lavish Delhi wedding and takes everything on face value. In one of the scenes when Kabir invites her for a house party, she turns up in this glitter overload dress, which practically showcases her desire to fit in. However, as she gives way to her needs and wishes, she does face the consequences that come with it.

 

Under the lush productions and happy nuptials , MIH manages to showcase the true reality. It’s a tale about life and compromises, with perfect grip over each character and their psyche. As Kabir (Shashank Arora) said, ”it’s a blockbuster baby!” .



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