Masaba Masaba Review | Masaba Masaba Is An Auto-Fictional Web Series | Netflix Originals

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Masaba Masaba Review: Story

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masaba masaba

Masaba Masaba Review:  In Masaba Masaba, the auto-fictional series, starring the titular fashion designer, Masaba Gupta is presented as a Mumbai-based Carrie Bradshaw. She’s not a writer, but we hear the voice in her head. At times, there’s an overlap and you don’t know if she’s speaking or thinking. She’s newly single. She runs her own label. Every man in her life is neatly packaged: You get the gist.

The flimsy ex-boyfriend, the tender ex-husband, the eccentric artist, who rolls his own cigarettes, and the socially awkward boss. She has a girl gang of sorts. She makes up with her loved ones, by posting supportive Insta stories about them. She also has a bittersweet equation with her mother, the Hindi film actress Neena Gupta, who’s also playing herself. The writing would like to have us believe, that a woman losing control, is endearing and sexy.

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Masaba Masaba Background Score Looks Quite Good

The background score of Masaba Masaba would like to have us believe, that every day brings with it, a quirky set of new circumstances and the acting would like to have us believe, that privilege is a complicated mistress. Yet, it’s tragically ironic that a series fundamental on the fringes of Bollywood has the depth. The easy vibe of a romantic comedy is misleading difficult to pull off.

The narrative style –that merges life with a young perception of life – always relies on timing, rhythm, energy, and extravagance. But Masaba Masaba tries too hard: to be funny, to be cool, to be introspective, to be natural. Almost everything about it feels derivative and awkward. Nobody except Neena Gupta looks comfortable on screen.


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Cameos Are Quite Strange

The cameos are particularly strange. Kiara Advani, like herself, plays a diva on the lines of Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’s Poo, but instead of parodying the character, she sounds like she’s copying people who copy the character. Farah Khan too plays a director, whose obsessed with losing weight and so on. The screenplay too is too shallow for a 2020 production.

For instance, the first episode depends on a visually impaired item of Masaba’s disintegrating marriage. However, countless numbers of parts of the arrangement – like a neurotic genius wife, cum live mentor in a cottage called Jannat, summon the pith of this visually impaired thing diversion.

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Neena Gupta’s Acting Is Well

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Neena Gupta

The parallel thread has Neena Gupta doing her own little biographical jig – as an overbearing mother yes, but also as a 60-year-old actress struggling to land meaty roles in a male-dominated industry. Terms like “Big Dick Energy” and “Hot Mess” are paraded around with the spirit of millennial’s educating boomers. Even chaos and conflict feel like hashtags. It’s all too #basic. It’s all so in 1998. Not surprisingly, some of the nicer moments of Masaba Masaba feature her mother.

Masaba Masaba Overall Review

I feel almost cruel for saying this. In a better series, this method may pass as storytelling. But in this one, it is just an unfortunate poem.

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