One night, the lives of four women intersect at The Truck Bar owned by a young lad named Jeh Wadia (Prateik Babbar). All four women are on their own crazy journey through life but find comfort and support in their strong bond with each other.
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There’s no doubt that Four More Shots Please! reminds you of the American iconic series film Sex and the City, where four buddies from different backgrounds and lifestyles experience life in all it’s lows and highs, becoming more self-aware through it all. The shows main protagonists Damini (Sayani Gupta), Umang (Bani J), Siddhi (Maanvi Gagroo) and Anjana (Kirti Kulhari) portray India’s modern-day ambitious women who are bold and head-strong, chasing after what life has to offer. But little do these women know of the consequences their actions and choices might bring.
The series succeeds in showing the challenges women have to face in a society that leans slightly towards favouring the opposite sex. But Bollywood shows are stepping up their game, with women playing strong leads that combat the discrimination against women. Damini, Umang, Siddhi and Anjana make unflinching choices and demands when it comes to what they want. Damini and Anjana share the desire to be successful in their careers and work tirelessly to earn the positions they hold. Umang is a bisexual woman, unapologetic about her sexual encounters and who eventually musters up the courage to come out to her family. Siddhi, on the other hand, still living under the wing of her overbearing and rather nasty mother, is struggling with self-esteem issues. It is only towards the end of the series do we see Siddhi break out of her shell and decide to discover who she is, sticking it to her mum.
What makes this series particularly unique is the sexual freedom the four of them have. This breaks the stigma around women exploring their sexuality as well as giving other women the confidence to embrace their own desires.
However, the show does have its flaws with the plot line not being as strong as it could have been. The opening scene is a sex dream of Damini’s in which Milind Soman stars as her lover. As steamy as Milind Soman might be, the scene seemed quite unnecessary and possibly trying too hard to be unique or forward. What made it worse was that repulsive jingle that accompanied every scene the two of them had together, supposedly telling the viewers of their sexual tension.
Although the women might be breaking ground in different aspects of life, their characters aren’t exactly well rounded and fall flat in the story. Viewers are deprived of seeing roles with complex personalities. The show focuses too much on the romance of all the characters after a certain point, almost putting other dreams and aspirations on hold. The story line fails to show other aspects of the four friends. It eventually lets go of the whole concept of friendship between the four of them.
The female protagonists are not really representations of everyday women who come across real struggles. They all come from a privileged background that in a way allows them to be this unapologetic about their choices. This is definitely unlike real life where women often don’t even have the opportunities to make decisions for themselves.
In spite of its short comings, the show accomplishes in providing entertainment and is perfect for all-girls night chick-flicks series binge.