Made In Heaven is exhausting. Why? Firstly, because it’s a long series. If you decide to watch it in a day or two, it will exhaust you. Though the length is one reason, the other is, it’s heavy, intense, and thought-provoking.
To be very honest, the trailer painted a completely different picture than what the series actually is all about which is why it disappointed me at the beginning. I thought Made in Heaven is all about weddings, but it is not. It’s all about marriages (Only if you know what I mean).
If you still haven’t watched the series, here are a few things you should keep in mind:
1) The story is not only about weddings but the main characters and their lives. Who are the main characters?
a) Karan Mehra
b) Tara Khanna
c) Adil Khanna
d) Faiza Naqvi
e) Kabir Basrai
f) Jaspreet Kaur (Jazz)
2) Weddings, being their profession, are a part of their lives and hence we get to see a glimpse of what they deal with on day to day basis. Having said that, every wedding intelligently narrates a tale of the shit that happens at most of the Indian weddings – the dark secrets and the harsh realities – from infidelity to power play and impotency to dowry.
3) Don’t take a lot of breaks. There are high chances of you losing the track, forgetting the characters that simply come and go, but are a vital part of the story.
Hats off to its writing and direction. If gone slightly wrong, the series could have been chaotic, confusing, and dull. I am not a big fan of too many stories jam-packed into one series or a film. But the team of Made In Heaven has handled it flawlessly. The dots have been intelligently connected. There are times when a certain story stops at a point and another story begins but then suddenly the first story continues and you realise how the stories are connected to each other. How each character is passing on a message which is the aim of this web series. Different stories, different characters, different people – One Message. The interweaving of these tales is brilliant. It just doesn’t keep you hooked but also keeps your mind busy.
Coming to the flow of the story, the series begins with weddings being in the foreground and the characters in the background. But as the episodes unfold, the weddings subtly take a back seat and complex relationships, emotions, confusion, and the lead characters’ dilemma ‘to be or not to be’ takes the front seat.
Made In Heaven is not simply about the messages given loud and clear. David Mamet has said, ‘a good film script should be able to do completely without dialogue.’ What makes this an award-winning film script is, there are messages passed on to the audience without serving them on their plates. For me, these messages were:
The ghosts of the past always come back to haunt you and Karma is a Bitch.
I am not going to give you any explanation on these statements and ruin it all for you. Watch it yourself to understand whose past came haunting back and whose karma slapped them in the face.
Another part that I loved the most about Made In Heaven is the way they showed how different human beings deal with the same situation differently. For example, while Karan Mehra bravely accepts that he is gay (while being ashamed of it in his teenage days), there are men who have settled down because they did not have the courage to tell the world that they love men and not women. Then there are men who look straight and normal but wouldn’t mind secretly having sex with a gay man. That is how our society is. There are devils around who are wearing an angel’s mask and we are tricked into forever believing that they are angels.
A special mention to Jim Sarbh and Shivani Raghuvanshi. While Jim was a natural as an insider, Shivani Raghuvanshi was convincing as Jazz, an outsider trying to fit in.
Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara Khanna did a fab job especially when it comes to changing her body language before and after becoming Tara Khanna. Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra too was amazing. He has played the role of being completely sane at work and then getting lost into the memories and breaking down whenever he is alone without looking a psychopath or a depressed, suicidal gay man.
I cannot afford to miss mentioning the bond between Tara and Karan here. When the world is busy judging you or when you are tired of fighting with the world single-handedly, you need someone you can be with, you can just ‘be you’ with, without being judged. These two are certainly friendship goals.
Where to Watch? Amazon Prime Video