Four Longer Shots Please! Season 2 Review: Consistently wise writing and irresistibly peppy performances guarantee the line between frothy and flimsy isn’t breached.
Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Sayani Gupta, Gurbani, Maanvi Gagroo, Milind Soman, Lisa Ray, Bani J, Prateik Babbar
Director: Nupur Asthana
Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
About Season 1
Their friendship ran aground in Season 1. Back in the groove, the Four More Shots Please! Women hit the ground running, turning again to the wind beneath one another’s wings. As the exult in ties renewed, they experience upheavals.
It is easy to heat up to the Feisty Four who maintain their chins up through it.
The Four Longer Shots Please! Season 2 Review
The line between the frothy along with the flimsy is precariously tricky and lean in Season 2 of Four Shots More please! . Consistently writing and peppy performances ensure it isn’t breached. The series, dipped in sassy irreverence, is equal parts head and heart.
About the Acting of Protagonists
The protagonists sound off on much more than just chins, hearts and heads. Amid their robust celebration of female camaraderie, they hold forth, without inhibition, other parts of the human anatomy and bodily fluids, and from thence branch out into an exploration of deeper thoughts – sex dynamics, stress-induced hormonal imbalance, anti-natalism, polyamory, open marriages and much else.
From a few of them discovering herself at the line of barbarous right-wing fire’s context, freedom of expression and the right to dissent from the current political climate are also touched upon. That clearly isn’t usual for a relationship drama with riffs that are rom-com that are pronounced.
Too much to digest? No, that is with. Never claiming to be the word on the innovative principles it espouses, the script adopts a light, unpretentious approach.
About Faces in Season 2 of Four More Shots Please!
Siddhi Patel (Maanvi Gagroo), glancing up and down a bridge over the Bosporus, makes a plaintive phone call to Umang Singh (Bani J). Alarmed, the latter speaks Damini Rizvi Roy (Sayani Gupta) and Anjana Menon (Kirti Kulhari), the other members of the divided quartet, into sinking their differences -“a temporary truce”, one of them calls it – and – flying to Istanbul to bail-out that the”infant of the gang”.
Umang fears Siddhi is”on the border”. False alarm! She’s hale and hearty, in bed with a stud that is Turkish, and basking in what she claims to be”a post-coital shine”. Not bad for a woman who had a rough time. But turns out that there is a price.
The hot-bod’s a gigolo. He costs 350 euros a night. All this is packed to the first few minutes of the season. Series founder Rangita Pritish Nandy, writer Devika Bhagat, dialogue author Ishita Moitra and manager Nupur Asthana leave nobody in any doubt which Dee, Anj, Mangs and Sids are likely to be as defiantly irreverent and free of hang-ups as, that they will be chasing the pleasure principle together with redoubled gusto.
This Amazon Prime show’s ten new episodes are breezier, brighter, bolder and more brassy than the ten which introduced us to the world of those four seriously conflicted but unapologetic women last year. As is their won’t the girls talk nineteen to the dozen, bare their claws do their souls and bodies, and soldier on gamely even when love and life threaten to prevent them.
Back in Mumbai, they go all out to make up for your lost time. They have to reckon with a lot: deal with the present, type out the past, and get a sense of their future. Nothing comes easy. It’s time.
The quartet yields (after a four-month hiatus) to their favourite watering hole in Colaba, Truck Bar, taking its owner Jeh Wadia (Prateik Babbar) by surprise. When the women have their shots – actually, using Anjana in atonement style to get a DUI conviction and abstaining from tough spirits, it is”three usual and a lime pop” – they get their mojo back, large time and endless.
Season 2 of Four Shots More please! Is a right royal, rip-roaring trip throughout the intricacies of hook-ups, break-ups and heartburns, all experienced, or seen through the eyes of, the four girls. The season had left us asking for more. So here it is. There’s more of everything here. FRMP! Isn’t the worse for it.
Anjana damini, Umang and Siddhi may sometimes seem flighty, but they have their feet. A contradiction in terms? Yes, all four of these are. They are pulled in various directions, but they seek no sympathy nor are they on the brink of keeling over and going under.
Damini, the journalist who was eased out of the information site she created, is scrambling to complete a book about a judge who died in mysterious circumstances before he is to pronounce a verdict in a case involving a political bigwig. The tome inevitably spells trouble.
Damini’s individual life, too, has its share of hiccups, most of them emanating from her chequered equations together with the two guys in her life – greying gynaecologist Aamir Warsi (Milind Soman) and the much younger Jeh.
Anjanaa successful corporate lawyer, has to reckon with rampant misogyny in the workplace, a supposedly no-strings-attached affair with a married guy (Samir Kochchar) and the struggle to proceed from her divorce and also play the part of a”responsible” single mother.
Umang maintains her sexual identity – she has gone way beyond the need to come in terms of being bisexual – and becomes a close confidante to fading film star Samara Kapoor (Lisa Ray). The two are inseparable as the split between these – one is a star, another a no one – tends to create occasional discord between them both.
As she seeks to reconnect with her parents (Simone Singh and Fahad Samar), Siddhi depended upon a new calling and a possible friend in Jeh’s bar. A stand-up comic act with North Bombay boy Amit Mishra (Prabal Panjabi) gives her a sense of purpose.
The women seek closure but endings are evasive. They appear to be at the top of things but life is never smooth. And their plans seem well laid-out, however they never perform along the lines that are expected. The great thing about these girls is that they fight on their conditions and anticipate no quarters.
Four More Shots Please! S2, shot through with warmth and humor, swings between the fizzy and the fulsome, the tantalising and the tender, with striking poise. The series sets a scorching pace, pausing for breath once in a while to zoom in on either the angular and the highs and lows of their lives of Umang, Anjana, Damini and Siddhi’s granular.
Imperturbability is what defines the FMSP girls. Watching them take on the turns and twists out unexpected as they’re consuming – is a delight. Happy and sorted in the solidity of this sorority, they exude. More power to them