If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve seen Amazon’s relentless advertisement of this show. To summarize the vibe and feel of this particular Prime Original, it’s sort of Veere Di Wedding meets Sex and the City. That’s quite a telling description wouldn’t you say? For my part, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Like everything that’s being produced, it has its own flaws. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth a watch.
It’s not a feminist show, even though it does try its very best to be one. If you’ve heard or partaken in the discourse on Feminism at the University level, you’ll find a lot of flaws in what it tries to portray. The four protagonists dislike the control that Patriarchy has over them but do not hesitate to shame other women who are different from them. So, if you’re looking for the new poster child for Feminism, this isn’t it.
Having said that, the show does get a lot of things right. Firstly, the human interest stories in the of the four characters: Anjana (Kriti Kulhari), Damini (Sayani Gupta), Umang, (Bani J) and Siddhi (Manavi Gagroo), capture the struggles faced by the modern women.
Anjana and Damini are career driven but face their own issues. The former is a divorcee, struggling to get over her ex-husband and trying to balance her work-life relationship. Damini faces innumerable challenges in her career as a journalist, ranging from death threats about stories she wants to break and opposition from investors in her news company who want more sales.
Umang is a bisexual who has come out from her small town home with a great deal of strength and has come out openly about her sexuality. But she falls for a woman who hasn’t been as forthcoming to the world and that leads her into a downward spiral.
Siddhi’s life seems to be far removed from the others, depicting the existence of a rich girl who has to be married off to the most eligible bachelor. She struggles with body weight issues that I’m sure a lot of women would identify with. She isn’t comfortable in her own skin, and in order to feel actually beautiful, she takes a drastic step in putting herself out online, which has a lot of repercussions for her.
The characters have strong foundations. What the story telling lacks, the actresses make up for. All of the women do extremely well with the roles they’ve been given and the reason you’ll keep watching is because you’re invested in them. The season finale is perhaps one of the most moving episodes and a great improvement over the pilot episode. By the end of it, you’ll be wanting more.
So, if you’re on the fence about watching Four More Shots Please, I can tell you, it is worth the hangover. It can let you down sometimes but you’ll be glad to soldier through it. The impeccable wardrobes of all the four women won’t hurt either. So, go ahead and head for a gigantic binge this weekend.