Starring Arjun Mathur, Shobhita Dhulipala, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi. Directed by Nitya Mehra, Zoya Akhtar, Prashant Nair, Alankrita Shrivastava First things first. “Made in Heaven” is the sexiest web series India has produced, no doubt about it. The love scenes, both hetero and homosexual, look real with the actors letting loose the kind of unbridled physical passion that was so far forbidden in Indian cinema. Welcome to the hormonal revolution.
In fact one of the earliest episodes of this nine-episode entertainer had the protagonist Shobita Dhulipala and her screen-husband Jim Sarbh with their hands, legs and tongues all over the screen. Such lack of inhibition is the most refreshing. Bring it on. Say hello to this bracing antidote to repression. Every major character in “Made In Heaven” is waiting to break free from one form of repression or another. Shobita’s character Tara who comes from a humble middle-class background, has married into money and now ‘money’ is cheating on her with her best friend. You can’t have your diamonds without sleepless nights.
Sleepless nights, reminds me of Arjun Mathur’s character Karan Mehra who is a closeted homosexual yearning to come out, grappling with emotional and financial problems. Together these two very fine actors, Arjun and Shobhita, plot and plan through a string of affluent weddings, lavish on both food and feud, fuelled by desire and desperation and a longing to find a more relevant core in their plush lifestyle than what is affordable to the senses. Some of these characters are wretchedly unhappy. I mean, how successful can a marriage be when the wife-to-be sleep with a Bollywood superstar (wishful casting of Pulkit Samrat) who is invited to perform at her wedding? Or a tycoon’s sole male heir (the underused Pavail Gulati from the miniseries “Yudh”) who tells his parents that his wife is no goldigger and that the child she aborted in the past was his, when it was not?