Okay! As far as my opinion goes, Made in Heaven has to be one of the best shows I have ever watched. It isn’t perfect, but it sure as heck is extremely engaging as it shines a light on certain aspects of life many desi families refuse to talk about. Go watch it on Amazon Prime Video right now!
The moment I saw the trailer for Made in Heaven, I knew I should get ready for a crazy ride. Not only does it feature a very talented cast and interesting character arcs, but it is also able to share many important messages without forcing them on you.
The main plot revolves around Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur) and Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) who work together to run a wedding planning agency called Made in Heaven. With the business only being two years old (if I remember correctly) there is still a lot of debt to be paid off. Karan and Tara are always searching for very rich families to work for and that allows them to experience a number of scenarios.
While extravagant weddings might look perfect from the outside, there is a lot of drama being kept under wraps behind the scenes. I had a lot of fun watching Tara and Karan doing what they can to ensure the wedding ceremonies are completed without major issues.
Some of the problems include a bride-to-be being asked for dowry, religious differences, cheating, sexism, ageism, gaslighting, and sexual assault. Again, the show is able to address everything in a manner which doesn’t take away from the overall pacing of each episode. If Tara and Karan weren’t passionate about being wedding planners, they could open an agency to help people deal with their personal issues.
None of the characters are perfect and that is what makes them very engaging. However, Made in Heaven makes sure not to judge them. It is up to the viewers if they want to root for a character or not. The show doesn’t make the decision for you.
The world Tara and Karan plan weddings for is a sharp contrast to the urban poverty present in Delhi. Made in Heaven uses both locations to show how important it is to remember where you came from and to pay it forward whenever possible.
Every character has a well-written backstory, even the supporting cast. You are able to empathize with them and understand why they make certain decisions as the story moves forward.
The main narrative is driven by Tara and Karan. Tara is someone who found certain opportunities to climb the social ladder. She is a very driven woman and I liked her a lot. The show allows her character to grow for the better and it was amazing to see her exhibit a wide range of emotions.
Now, I’m not saying men aren’t able to tell insightful stories about fictional women. However, such men aren’t the norm when it comes to storytelling and many do opt for problematic tropes. Tara shines as a woman in Made in Heaven due to the creative minds of Zoya Akhtar (a respected name in Indian content) and Reema Kagti. It just goes to show having diversity only helps to make better content.
As for Karan, he brings the well-written queer representation. Due to carrying a lot of emotional baggage from his childhood because of his sexuality, the story allows Karan to find his voice as a gay man as you make your way through the episodes. Being queer isn’t easy in a desi community.
Even if Made in Heaven doesn’t get picked up for a second season, there is closure offered to both Karan and Tara. At least, as much closure as one can give to characters such as them. Their strong bond of friendship is something to behold. Both are broken beings who have gone through a lot in their lives.
I hope I get to see them again.
Do yourself a favor and watch Made in Heaven. The 9 episodes long show, with each episode approximately 55-minutes, is sure to keep you engaged and even make you feel for people who don’t share the same background as you.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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