Zoya Akhtar‘s fascinating new show “Made in Heaven” ticks all the boxes of in-depth character studies. One cannot help but be amazed by how brilliantly the writers handled each of the arcs, and hence, created fully three-dimensional, well fleshed out characters. There were many places where the creators could have easily fallen into the cliche traps; but, writers Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Nitya Mehra, and Alankrita Shrivastava manage to bring out something completely new, and surprise you in the journey.
With “Made in Heaven”, you are sucked into the world of wedding ghostbusters almost immediately.
When the pilot started, I thought the show could be about this one big marriage and things happening around it. But then, when I discovered that each episode deals with different marriages, I was blown away by the writing choice. It is incredible how each marriage represents a part of the society we live in and how those mirror the characters in a way. It raises stakes and leads them to make choices, which meticulously contribute to character development.
Compelling performances from all the cast play a major role in taking the writing to the next level. Though the protagonist of the show is Sobhita Dhulipala, I have to tip my hat to Jim Sarbh! He is as subtle as one can be. His composure and that “cool vibe” he exudes often helps to create layers in the character of Adil Khanna, that makes it all the more difficult for us to often understand him. Rasika Dugal shines as always in her scenes. She brings out the internal change in her character so well that it boggles your mind!
And of course, the two major aspects that brought character to the show – the cinematography and production design: On Point!
The contrasts of the upper class, upper middle class, and lower class of Delhi have been brilliantly etched out by the way the locations have been chosen and done and the way it’s shot! You put the complicated characters to those spaces and you have your mise-en-scene set! Riveting and cathartic in a way, it takes a genius to put this together!
An extremely important piece, “Made in Heaven” is hence a must watch!