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Best friends Tara and Karan are just getting off the ground with Made in Heaven, a wedding planning company in upper middle-class Delhi. Each of the nine episodes deals with a new wedding and a fresh brew of snafus because, as Tolstoy so aptly put it, every family is weird in its own way.
In trying to put out these fires, the Made in Heaven team go beyond the boundaries of official wedding planning duties even as their personal lives unravel in the background. The web-series more than just panders to our taste for glamour and laughs, though. But each glitch, each plot twist then raises moral and ideological debates that ours, of all societies, needs to address: LGBT rights, class divides, privacy, polygamy, dowry culture, and the teetering balance between family and individuality, intellect and religious superstition. The show handles these questions in all their complexity, managing for the most part to not be preachy.
What little moral commentary is offered by Kabir Basrai—the wedding videographer who narrates at the end of every episode—is balanced out by brilliantly fleshed out characters who seldom seem to know right from wrong. Instead of portraying just the struggles of the rich, the stories convey that even those who have it all can be flawed and in pain.
In fact, being placed in a privileged class takes matters of socioeconomic struggles out of the equation for these characters, leaving them free to navigate the other issues dealt with in both movies. Made in Heaven takes a slightly different route: it undoes these place holders and puts the classes into contact with each other.
Some of the characters try to make their way through the class divide, while others are flung hard against it. The result of the juxtaposition is that each life, each struggle, feels more real to the audience, if only by virtue of contrast. You feel just as sincerely for newly wealthy Tara as you do for Jaspreet, who goes by Jazz while helping out at the lavish weddings, before returning to her dingy housing project home, her broke family, and her drug addict younger brother. The scene where Jazz enters a hotel room for the first time, awestruck at the bath robes and free cosmetics, and her later fiasco with a company credit card are two of the most touching instances in the entire series.
Perhaps the multiplicity is achieved because there are four brains behind the project: directors Zoya Akhtar, Nitya Mehra, Prashant Nair, and Alankrita Shrivastava.
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Made in Heaven: As real and entertaining as any Big Fat Indian Wedding