Written by: Devika Bhagat, Ishita Moitra
Directed by: Anu Menon, Nupur Asthana
Cast: Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari, Bani J, Maanvi Gagroo
Four defiant flawed women live, love, blunder and discover what really makes their friendship inviolable in the millennial Mumbai.
The Four So-Bo girls who met at the Truck bar and bonded over tequila, found a sturdy friendship. These four girls dealt with problems that were related to their previous mistakes. They didn’t learn much from their mistakes but somehow managed to stick together through it.
Though this series deals with the plot revolving around four flawed women who can be distinguished into four different types of characteristics. Siddhi’s (Maanvi Gagroo) character in the second season felt to have undergone a transformation, but towards the end, she was still the same lady for whom adulting either overflowed her cup of tea or left dry. Her character kept demanding empathy for it was made to feel ashamed about her physical appearance but found validation amongst strangers. She stripped in the front of the web cam where men complimented over her curves. Her sexual escapades led her into trouble but her character did have a change in accepting relationships which was the only significant change seen in the series.
Damini (Sayani Gupta), lived in a dilemma between Jeh and Dr. Warsi. Her character development was very weak and it should have been treated. Anjana ( Kirti Kulhari) thought her life to be a roller coaster ride and she herself should be blamed for messing her life. Umang’s (Bani J) character was portrayed as an example of problems faced by the homosexuality. Her character in the first season was decently defined amongst others but in the second season it dropped to average.
The series spat privilege in every way. The women lived the life of a spoiled rich kid who would serene themselves by having tequila shots.It was set to portray various topics such as infidelity, misogyny, open marriage, body positivity, etc but it doesn’t delve deeper. In addition, through the four women they tried displaying feminism and women empowerment but failed to display it with decorum. Feminism, if to be defined, is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of sexes. And women empowerment can be defined as empowering women; to accept and allow them to hold the right to speech since the society had been male dominated for several years. Either way, cursing, in taking drugs, talking about sex or shouting “vagina” in the middle of the road, didn’t delineate the respective subjects. In terms of feminism and women empowerment it was average and was build on a broken road. They did a fair job in showing women helping each other to stand up but it didn’t match the volume of the definitive. Feminism and women empowerment have always been a part of a chaotic society. They have undergone different and fatuous definitions.
Season one of the series was manageable but the second season seemed a bit off track. The subjects they dealt with were cliché and are found in every second series one could watch. If the series were to be rated on the bases of cinematography, wardrobe, aesthetics and selection of places, it did justify but the story took time to establish itself and felt stretched.