“A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are.”UNKNOWN
Four More Shots Please!, the sophomore season of 2019’s Amazon Prime series “Four More Shots Please!” is a bold depiction of friendships and issues faced by women in metropolitan India. This show outlines friendship goals between four women Damini (Sayani Gupta), Anjana (Kirti Kulhari), Siddhi (Maanvi Gagroo), and Umang Singh (Bani J) who bump into each other at a bar. The series trails through the present-day setting in Mumbai flaunting glamour in the characterization of friends who give us a peek into their lives, complicated relationships, and the struggle to overcome their hassles as they stand together in supporting each other.
The Heart-Warming Camaraderie…
The script displays multiple stories of four individuals effortlessly. Each of the lead characters share, equal screen space with well a written story of their personal issues and their journey to success in their professions and relationships. The directors Anu Menon (Season 1) and Nupur Asthana (Season 2) who came to limelight as a director for one of the 90’s popular serial “Hip Hip Hurray” have unapologetically written scenes which touch upon the most delicate sentiments of a women’s situation. The producers leave no stone unturned in glorifying each artist in their hep designer clothes, flamboyance, and styling. The production value of this Season 2 is worthy of applause and undoubtedly a treat to watch.
The Story Of Friends And Friendship…
The storyline is weaved around these four friends, where Sayani Gupta, an ambitious writer moves away from the hardships at her workplace to author a controversial book. Her life on a personal front is like walking on a rope with a guy on each side played by Milind Soman and Prateik Babbar. Kirti Kulhari plays a lawyer who emerges strongly from her divorce, standing tall with what life had to offer her, battling the fear of settling down with the guy she meets. Her inhibitions only drive her to cross paths with men who break her trust.
Maanvi Gagroo plays a privileged girl who affirms that her life hasn’t been easy either with the constant search for a perfect groom by her parents. Her mother’s obsession with getting her girl to fit into the false perception of beauty and her effort to discover herself and find her own identity. Maanvi fights her fear of acceptance and finds her passion as a stand-up comic. Bani J, a small-town girl enters a new world by moving to Mumbai. Within her conflict with the social stigma around her bisexuality, she aspires to find respect and love in an ever-changing landscape. Looking beyond their flaws the women accept each other as the best of friends and help each other in talking through their shortcomings.
Characters Which Stand Out…
Supporting roles played by Milind Soman, Prateik Babbar, Lisa Ray, Simone Singh, Amritha Puri, Neil Bhoopalam, and others have not only elevated the performances of the leading ladies but have added value to the drama and glitz this show had to offer. The show continues to amuse us with strong female perceptions and unflinching opinions.
I must mention that welcome surprises are thrown at the audience with decisions made by the women as they add curiosity and laughter through their personal choices and humor. It promises to remind you of friends who stayed through your laughter and tears, fun times, and trips which made memories and leaves us with a reminder to be ourselves and to live and express without filters.
Kudos to the team for presenting us with an Indian version of the American series “Sex and the City” in its spirit. This show continues to be an entertainer with freshly brewed content to match an elite lifestyle in a Metropolitan scenario.