Girls Hostel Season 3
Onto the next release of the weekend and this is perhaps the 6th consecutive week wherein a new TVF show is out. And with that I finished watching the third season of Girls Hostel streaming on SonyLiv. In my previous review of a TVF show I had mentioned on how skeptical I was given the number of TVF shows releasing week after week. Now there is nothing wrong in it till they are working well and connecting with the audience. But by doing so, you also run the risk of compromising on the quality. We all have seen the curious case of Akshay Kumar and how his over exposure has lead to a disastrous 2022(and here is hoping wholeheartedly that he bounces back). I somewhere did feel that there might be a stumble round the corner for TVF but was really hoping that my fears do not come true!
Now I had absolutely loved the previous season of Girls Hostel and was really looking forward to its new season. But absolutely no promotions from SonyLiv or even TVF for that matter did make me very skeptical about the end product. And with much hope and skepticism, I ventured into the third season of Girls Hostel. So then is the third season of Girls Hostel worth your time, stay tuned!
Story & Screenplay
The third season of Girls Hostel picks up from the same point from season one had ended. So this season brings with it a fresh set of challenges and does tackles a host of new issues. The drama here is not bad at all. In fact, it is watchable. But there are many issues that has lead to the downfall of this season. The screenplay standing at 5 episodes of 30 odd minutes each is definitely a brisk watch. But if at times I found myself getting distracted, then there was definitely something wrong.
The drama kicks off on a good note with a nice little issue to kickstart the season. Soon you are introduced to the new faces of the season and here is where I did feel a nice little vibe to the drama. There was a sense of relatability and nostalgia which has been a USP for TVF for so many years now. Some of the issues taken up through the course of the show was excellent. The entire transgender discussion was handled with sensitivity and I was completely sold at this point. But the issue here was that it did not stick to one issue for too long.
When you are trying to address multiple issues within a limited time frame, you are always going to compromise on its impact. This though has been a norm in other TVF shows as well. For instance, the third season of Hostel Daze did tackle different incidents, one prr episode that did make for a fun watch. The problem here is that the issues dealt with here do hold a lot more weight as compared to some of the other frivolous ones. And so, you needed to give the audience a little more time to invest in it as compared to just skimming through the surface of every issue. If the writing here could have reduced the number of issues and instead focus on a couple of them with a little more depth, this season would have worked beautifully.
I also feel a byproduct of this issue might be the formula that TVF has managed to crack across demographies. I have been a fan of almost every TVF show wherein the writing has been fresh and effective. But I kind of did feel a sense of repetitiveness creeping in to a few seasons. Perhaps, the dilemma from the writing point of view would be to stay true to its source material. But the catch here is that in doing so, the issues addressed across a few shows seems to be the same and at times the treatment is same too. For instance, the LGBTQ issue was also raised in the third season of College Romance. There is nothing wrong even if it is addressed here, but there was a sense of repetitiveness. Perhaps, going back to the drawing board with a fresh set of ideas would be a good start(something that was seen in the TVF series Sixer).
But there is still a lot to like in the drama. The characterization has been the strong point of the show and kudos to the writers for creating distinctly different characters and their character traits. That results in some of the most fun conversations this season which keeps the ball rolling, thereby keeping the drama decently watchable. Please note that this is NOT a bad drama by any stretch of imagination. It is consistently watchable and the length of the show does work in its favour. But somewhere the magic of TVF that we have all been privy to, is missing. The ending here too is decent with a nice little flip at the end but the plot threads towards the end did make a case for some convenient writing. Overall, the screenplay here is decent but a couple of notches short of the last season.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite well written and they do help in creating a moderate impact. The Music and BGM are good like in any other TVF production. The cinematography is fairly good as is the editing. Director Harish Karia also does a fair job but he manages to loosen his grip on the narrative at certain places which had me momenrarily distracted from the show.
The performances are really good and they save the day to an extent. Tanvi Lehr Sonigra as Vipassna and Kareema Barry as Hot Mess are excellent additions to this sesson. Both of them do manage to impress. Shreya Mehta as Ramya is good despite a limited screen time here. Her character transformation was a nice little angle given to the show. Khushbu Baid as Palak is at her fiery best. Trupti Khamkar as the warden has some of the best one-liners and she does tickle your funny bone. Jayati Bhatia as Dr. Sarla is wonderfully restrained and calculative.
Srishti Srivastava as Jo is one of my favourite characters on the show and she is great while she is here this season but she disappears after the second episode, and that was a bit of a shame. Parul Gulati as Zahira looks pretty and does a good job but her characterization was slightly off colour this season. Simran Natekar as Mili looks really cute and she is quite affable in her role. Ahsaas Channa as Richa is quite a natural yet again onscreen and she does a pretty good job here.
The third season of Girls Hostel is a decent watch but the TVF magic is missing here. I could have easily rated this show a 3/5 but the message needs to be loud and clear that we expect nothing but the best from TVF and hence have deducted an additional half star. Available on SonyLiv.