It is not easy being a woman in this country, and if she is separated or divorced and a mother too, then god help her. She needs to basically sign the peace in her life away. She won’t hear the end of sarcastic remarks, will be made to feel guilty for any ‘me’ time she craves and if she dares to have a boyfriend, then oh my god, she is such a slut. If you can relate to it, you will love this series. Wait, you say you are a guy? Then, you are sure to relate to Yudi. He has 3 kids, but runs in the opposite direction when it comes to taking their responsibility. What? You say you can understand that? Well, then this series is for you too!
Shweta Tiwari makes her web debut with this series as Shiva. She slays as the mother to a young, feisty girl Jahan (Sara Gesawat) who is trying to come to terms with her parents’ separation and her father’s girlfriend. Akshay Oberoi portrays Yudi’s character, an absentee father, who is forced to take on the responsibility of his kids – Vyoma (Aashika Bhatia), Ojhas (Gautam Ahuja) and Aryan (Bhavin Bhanushali) – for 3 months.
Vyoma’s sole aim is to get laid. Ojhas is caught in between his siblings and father, trying to bring both sides together. He seems to be the one most in control of his actions, and adorable ones at that. Aryan hates that he is stuck with a good-for-nothing father for 3 months, despite having tried his best for things to have been otherwise. No matter what Shiva and Yudi do, they can never seem to be in their kids’ good books.
To make things worse for Shiva, her parenting skills are always being second guessed by her mother Madhu (Alka Amin) who, I realized later, has been left embittered by her own past. Shiva’s ex Nikhil Sanga, too, does not leave an opportunity to mock her decisions. He feels that she is selfish and does not care about their daughter Jahan, when in fact he is just being a two-faced narcissist.
An unpleasant trip to Kasauli upends multiple lives, forces the characters to make tough decisions and they eventually realize what they had all been missing. Yudi’s kids are forced to stay away from their grandparents to be with the father they hardly know. Yudi is horrified to lose his independence and be the father he knows he isn’t. Shiva has a hot and cold relationship with her daughter Jahan and can never seem to do right by her. She is made to feel guilty by everyone – Jahan, her ex Nikhil and even her mother – when she gives in to her desires and Yudi’s advances. Yudi, too, is not let off easy, with Aryan making his displeasure very clear. According to his kids, he can never hold on to a relationship, and honestly, Yudi does not want to.
Among all this, one person who deserves special mention is Gauri (Trupti Khamkar) who plays the unabashedly outspoken friend to Shiva. She is just what this series needs when things get too heavy for her Shiva. She is her best friend’s voice and a brilliantly funny one at that. I can’t think of anyone who could have been better than her in that avatar.
As the series progresses, Yudi realizes his true feelings for Shiva. Shiva breaks out of her shell and turns into a woman who is not scared of saying what she really wants. Change is the only constant and every character in this series conforms to that. It is happy, sad, optimistic and projects clichés, all in equal measure.
The contemporariness of the show makes it relatable. It touches upon things that exist today – harsh realities – but haven’t been shown as unapologetically as they have been in this series. A woman is almost always made to feel guilty for bad parenting in case of an undisciplined kid, a marriage gone kaput or even for putting her sexuality before anything else.
The Akshay Oberoi – Shweta Tiwari chemistry is sizzling enough to make you watch each and every episode till the end, and then be thirsty for a few more. ALTBalaji, are you listening?
On a Binge-worthiness scale, this show is a 10/10.
Cast & Crew: Akshay Oberoi (Yudi), Shweta Tiwari (Shiva), Aashika Bhatia (Vyoma), Gautam Ahuja (Ojhas), Sara Gesawat (Jahan), Bhavin Bhanushali (Aryan), Mansi Multani (Paro), Trupti Khamkar (Gauri), Alka Amin (Madhu), Nikhil Sanga (Nikhil), Jason Tham (Chow), Shreyja Mhatre (Kiara)
Concept Development: DJs A Creative Unit4
Creative Director (ALTBalaji): Manjit Sachdev
Story: Preeti Mamgain
Screenplay & Dialogues: Radhika Anand
Director: Sahir Raza
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