Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives (Season 2)
Onto the final release of the weekend which has been rather dull in terms of the new releases. The major Akshay Kumar starrer Cuttputlli was kind of a deal breaker in a weekend which was a rather quiet one. But then there was this one show on Netflix which can safely be labelled as our guilty pleasure whose second season was out this weekend titled Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives. Like the other cringe Indian Matchmaking which admittedly was my guilty pleasure, I had quite enjoyed watching Season one as well. It was frivolous and filled with cringe, however still a fun “reality” show. And so come the second season, I expected nothing short of entertainment. So then does the second season of Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives manage to impress, lets find out.
The Not So Good
Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives is known to be frivolous and cringe worthy. But at the end of the day, the motto should be Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment. And this is the biggest drawback of this rather mundane season. The last season had some interesting anecdotes featuring some of the biggest stars but sadly this season did not generate that kind of an interest. There are cameos by Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Karan Johar and Gauri Khan to name a few but none of the subplots(for a lack of a better word) are interesting, even remotely so.
The “reality” shows which blur the lines between reel and real do have a challenge on how to spice up things with interesting conversations. And I was prepared of some weird talks amidst the interesting ones. Yet, the talks are just so frivolous that it made me roll my eyes every now and then. In fact the talks keep getting ridiculous with every passing episode. Even the family get togethers do not boast of interesting conversations which was a bit of a shame.
Last season was an “honest” attempt at giving a sneak peak into the lives of Maheep, Bhawna, Neelam and Seema. Yet this season did not offer anything new in terms of content. So the 8 episode series of roughly 30 odd minutes each was a bit of a slogfest as I was going through the moments watching some b*tchy talks, some cat fights and a few characters which are far away from the ground reality which Bollywood is facing these days.
I liked how some of the universes of Masaba Masaba and Sima Taparia(from Indian Matchmaking) converged in the show. And I wished to watch more of it. A couple of tracks including the death of a house help made for some tender, heartfelt and real moments which was the need of the hour here wholly and solely.
The production design was outstanding giving this series a fresh new look thereby making it one of the strongest aspects. At times the Popcorn Entertainment does click too but overall this season misses the mark.
Well in shows like these, there is nothing much to analyze other than the fact that if you cannot deliver on Popcorn Entertainment, which is the staple form of entertainment for shows like these, then please do not go ahead with it. I wonder why would the bosses of Netflix green light a show that is really low on content and equally low on entertainment(perhaps for a quick buck?). The season should have got a little more real and maybe a little less frivolous for it to have clicked. Or maybe I was expecting much from it? I would never know!
The second season of Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives is frivolous but rather mundane this time around. <span;>Not so fabulous after all!<span;>Available on Netflix.