Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Review

One and a half episodes! That’s it. I couldn’t take it anymore. 

Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is the last thing a feminist should watch. What a meaningless life. What’s your identity? Iski biwi uski maa? Like seriously? And just because of that identity of yours, you are on Netflix. Earlier only your folks knew you are good for nothing, now the world knows it. 

Every single minute of Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives constantly reminded me of two movies, Page 3 and Dil Dhadakne Do. PAGE 3 for Bollywood’s fakeness and Dil Dhadakne Do for its fake goodiness and those old aunties. Remember those aunties whose only job in life was to mess their children’s lives and gossip about others? Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is just a full-fledged series on those aunties with real-life characters. 

Here’s an advice to Bollywood Wives straight from Dil Dhadakne Do:

“Please apne bachcho ko akela chodiye aur kuch dhang ka kaam kijiye. Get a job.” 

And the pride they take in not being able to speak Hindi. OMG! Where were you born and where did you grow up? Aren’t your clan and immediate family a part of Bollywood which is a HINDI film industry? What kind of nonsensical and void pride is this? 

By the way, dear Madame, that fake accent just makes you look and sound dumb, not smart. Over smart? For sure. 

If this truly is their real life, I wonder how do they live it themselves? It’s totally cringy and non-bearable. I mean just imagine you have absolutely nothing to do in life. You aren’t passionate about anything. All you are doing is pretending to be something just because you want to fit in. No wonder half of Bollywood is talking about Depression. With absolutely nothing to do in life other than gossip and try to be better than someone else the entire life, your mental health is bound to suffer. 

I also think that this title, ‘Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ is a little problematic, not true to its purpose. Is Neelam just a Bollywood wife? She has an identity of her own. People do not know her as Samir Soni’s wife. But I am sure, for many people, Samir Soni is Neelam’s husband. Then what is a lady like her doing in this show? 

To be very honest, the wives are just “packaging.” The real motive is to promote the ones the audiences have already rejected – the launched (but flop) and the upcoming star kids. Shanaya Kapoor was the center of attention, at least, in the first episode. But dear Karan Johar, no matter how hard you try to build a successful career for these absolutely non-talented star kids, they won’t make it in the industry. Because they don’t have what it takes to survive. Take episode 2, for example. When Maheep Kapoor asks Shanaya Kapoor why she chose colour red for Le Bal, she says because she wants everyone to look at her and red is a loud colour. Then her Mother tells her that she can’t give that reason for choosing red for the event. Her reason has to be sensible. 

Dear Bollywood wives, Bollywood kids, and their mentor: You are simply proudly highlighting all the wrongs in your world. The more you give people a glimpse of your lives, the more they will hate you. Please take this advice: For the time being, JUST DISAPPEAR from the showbiz. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to ask Netflix: What were you even thinking? 

Peeps, in the episodes to come, there was Arjun Kapoor. There was Jahnvi Kapoor, there was Sohail Khan’s elder son who just seems so uninterested in everything. I just couldn’t torture myself any further. Who knows Sonam Kapoor bhi kahi chupi hui mil jaaye. 

When I saw Arjun Kapoor in ‘coming up next,’ I decided to give up. 

Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives is nothing less than Khoon Ke Aasu. 

Dear Bollywood Wives, please do something worthy in your life. Something that you really love doing in your life. You aren’t just someone’s wife or mother or daughter-in-law. And please, don’t start brands that you don’t connect with and let someone else advise you on how you need to build that brand to feel worthy in life. My heart aches for you, ladies. Even the maids in our houses are self-made.

Last but not least, 

Dear Karan Johar, there is more to life than Bollywood Wives.

Streaming On: Netflix

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