To all those people who were eagerly waiting for the second season of “FOUR MORE SHOTS PLEASE”, it’s time to raise the toast because the season is “OUT AND LOUD“.
The second season starring the same cast in lead roles- Damini(Sayani Gupta), Anjana(Kirti kulhari), Siddhi(Maanvi Gaagro) and Umang(Bani J) takes the flight from where it exactly landed in the first season. The last episode of season 1 ended with the falling apart of the four friends, and the season 2 first episode begins with their getting back together. Am I giving too many spoilers? Okay! I’ll try to contain myself here.
This amazing series directed by Nupur Asthana and created by Rangita Pritish Nandy pulls up many trapped issues to the light. The storyline traces almost all the themes. Sidhdhi is still the same reckless girl, but with some changed attributes. She becomes more confident as the series moves forward but we also notice that she learned nothing from her past mistakes. The show raises the flag of “BODY POSITIVITY” through Siddhi and teaches how one should be comfortable in their own skin.
Damini is still there where she was in the last season, moving like a pendulum between Jeh(Prateik Babbar) and Aamir Wasir(Milind Soman). She also struggles to get her book published. Damini is seen repeating her previous mistakes.
The recent political issues are brought up through Damini’s book. She writes about the murder case of a judge, and how his whole family is also murdered thereafter. The problem of mob lynching, harassment, political trifles, nepotism, extremism and others are also brought up.
In her book fair, Damini when rejected by the panel, starts to talk about her story independently. It’s then we get to see the hypocrisy. But this also the moment when women stand up for women.
Anjana is till the reckless one. She enters into an affair with a married man and thereby becomes the “third woman” in a marriage. But it is through her story that we see Women empowerment.
She decided to go for ‘solo’ when she realizes that her promotion has been stolen away by her boss and is given to the male assistant. Some powerful lines have been spoken by her like:
“The difference between want and need is self-control.”
Where we see these three repeating the same mistakes, Umang, on the other hand, undergoes transit changes. In the previous season, she received a great backlash for her explicit relationships. But in season 2, she is solely dedicated to Samara.
The series has boldly highlighted the LGBT community and their struggles. But on the other hand, it also shows how normal it is to be part of LGBT community because they are also Humans.
India is definitely becoming more accepting but normalcy is still afar. It’s a plight to see that the actors could not do justice to the beautiful romance between the two ladies. We do not feel connected even during the time while Samara proposed Umang.
This show is women-centric and displays the life of urbane women. The series explores various topics like misogyny, open marriage, anti-nationalism, and others. But still, it seems like everything happened
in the rush even before the audience could connect to it.
Sayani, Kirti and Maanvi have brilliantly acted throughout the series. But with such an important theme like “legalization of gay marriages,” the actresses failed to reach out to people. But it is commendable for the whole team to touch upon such sensitive issues.
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