I am simply going to come back out and say it: I am Obsessed (sure, with a capital “O”) with Netflix’s The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives. Whereas we’re used to the idea of actuality TV in America, it isn’t daily that you simply get an inside glimpse of Bollywood’s internal circle. India’s closest comparability could be director Karan Johar’s discuss present Koffee With Karan, the place he brings on celebrities and asks them burning questions. So, it is no marvel that Karan himself noticed a chance and determined to create one thing just like the likes of Holding Up With the Kardashians. And maybe it is that very same elusiveness of Bollywood stars that made folks much more curious about watching the present.
The eight-part Netflix sequence facilities across the lives of Maheep Kapoor (spouse of Sanjay Kapoor), Neelam Kothari Soni (spouse of Samir Soni), Seema Khan (spouse of Sohail Khan), and Bhavana Pandey (spouse of Chunky Panday). The group have been associates for over 25 years, and the present follows them as they juggle their households, careers, and friendships – , like most actuality TV exhibits. Proper off the bat, I used to be intrigued with the opening track as a result of it gave me main Actual Housewives vibes; I used to be ready for every certainly one of them to recite their tag traces. Watching the present additionally actually made me miss Bombay, however each time they stated “bro” and “wanting fab,” I felt like I used to be proper there hanging out with my associates as a substitute of sitting in my home within the States. (Sure, these are very Bombay phrases for individuals who have been questioning.)
Nonetheless, lots of people felt that the present’s identify was deceptive as a result of it did not embody “A-lister” Bollywood wives like Shah Rukh Khan’s spouse Gauri, Amir Khan’s spouse Kiran Rao, or Abhishek Bachchan’s spouse Aishwarya Rai, who additionally occurs to be a significant actress. Nonetheless, I assumed the solid was totally entertaining as a result of the 4 ladies have a historical past – it made the present really feel a bit extra genuine. Plus, it wasn’t like there was a scarcity of movie star cameos on the present. Each Gauri and Shah Rukh Khan made appearances within the final episode, and it was so fascinating to see all of them work together and relive outdated reminiscences. Different stars like Arjun Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Malaika Arora, and Jacqueline Fernandez additionally got here on the present! It really confirmed viewers how interconnected Bollywood actually is.
I additionally appreciated that they introduced up the subject of nepotism as a result of it runs robust in Bollywood. Maheep defined it in a matter-of-fact means when she stated that if her daughter has the chance to enter the movie business due to her household ties, why should not she take it? Her husband additionally commented, saying that if nepotism have been robust, he would have one million roles by now, as a substitute of his profession taking a backseat after the ’90s. They each have factors, nevertheless, so much does want to alter throughout the business. However that is a dialog for an additional day.
“We’re all so shut that I’m all the time correcting and defending them.”
Maheep appears to be the present’s principal character, connecting the pal group and serving as their overprotective mama bear. We watch her give attention to getting her daughter Shanaya’s performing profession off the bottom. “As quickly as I conceived my kids, I used to be like that with them. I used to be obsessed,” she instructed me. “I obtained married to have kids, so let me make that very clear. That is me – I am an obsessive mom. I believe that comes out with my associates like Seema additionally. We’re all so shut that I’m all the time correcting and defending them. It simply comes naturally to me, it is an intuition that I’ve to guard the those who I really like.”
Seema is the coolness finest friend-who is not afraid to confess that she consistently DMs Kim Kardashian-and is refocusing her consideration on her namesake Indian clothes line. Clearly, I needed to ask the query on everybody’s thoughts: Has Kim responded to certainly one of her DMs but? “Sadly not, I am nonetheless ready for a reply,” she stated. “I am checking, nevertheless it’s not occurring. Kim, in case you’re studying this, please reply to my DMs!”
We additionally watch as Neelam, the prim and correct one of many group, preps for her Bollywood comeback. Neelam was a profitable actress again within the ’80s. She even had an iconic TV present known as The Neelam Present. When requested if she would revive her hit present, she revealed that she would contemplate it, relying on the format. One other factor everybody gave the impression to be intrigued with was Neelam’s accent. I wasn’t that confused by it, as I’ve moved a number of instances in my life and rising up between locations like Dubai, Bombay, and New Jersey has made my accent a bit little bit of a mish-mash, too; my husband makes enjoyable of me as a result of I say the phrase “I am unable to” in a British accent. Like Neelam, I additionally went to a British college for a number of years as a child. “I simply need to say one factor: folks ought to perform a little little bit of homework,” Neelam instructed me. “I used to be born and introduced up in Hong Kong and Bangkok, the place I went to British faculties, in order that’s why the combination and the khichdi (an Indian rice and lentils dish). I imply, pay attention, it’s what it’s. That is my accent.”
“I assumed perhaps solely my age group would watch the present and relate to it, however the great thing about it.”
As for Bhavana, she’s the calm, non secular one of many group, and the sequence follows her journey into the style business as she preps for the opening of her retailer LoveGen. She additionally acts as a momager to her daughter Ananya, who’s a Bollywood actress. “Ananya instructed me, ‘Mother, everybody in my age group, even boys, have actually, actually preferred the present,’ which was fairly stunning. I assumed perhaps solely my age group would watch the present and relate to it, however that is the great thing about it.” One quirky facet of the present that caught with me and felt just like the Actual Housewives was Bhavana’s love of vitality facelifts. The process is finished by a transformational healer or a life coach who transfers vitality from the Earth to the face. It apparently reverses the indicators of ageing, and naturally, I needed to ask her if she genuinely believes this. “I really feel prefer it undoubtedly helps with an exterior glow, however what it actually works is the within of you,” she exaplined. “Until you might be pleased from the within, it is by no means going to point out in your face. Chances are you’ll do 100 issues in your face, however until there are peace and happiness inside, it would by no means present. In some methods, vitality therapeutic and facials not solely work on the exterior, but in addition the inner. I imagine in it utterly, and I really feel one thing that makes me really feel good all the time makes me look higher.”
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