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Starring: Masaba Gupta, Neena Gupta, Neil Bhoopalam, Rytasha Rathore and Pooja Bedi

Directed by: Sonam Nair

Written by: Punya Arora, Sonam Nair, Nandini Gupta and Anupama Ramachandran

What is it about:

MASABA MASABA is a semi-fictional Netflix Original TV series, which is based on the life of Neena Gupta and Masaba Gupta, centering on and starring both of them. There are six episodes in total and each episode focuses on different things. Like, the first episode focuses on blind items and how it affects everyone in the glamour world. The second episode takes on Neena Gupta’s now-famous Instagram post that she had shared a few years back seeking work in the film industry. This show is basically a fictionalised version of their lives. The series takes inspiration from real lives and tells a story parallel to it.

What we liked:

The acting is good. Neena Gupta plays it so naturally that it is sometimes hard to figure if she’s acting or is she really like that. Masaba also shows potential. Nair portrays it in Neena in a brilliant way, like the not so typical mom who is a badass, who is also very endearing. There are also some nice cameos in the show which is good to see. Also, the mother daughter chemistry is too good and very endearing and the bond that they share is great to see. What really works in its favour is that the show boasts of only six episodes which are 30 mins long.

What we didn’t like:

The first two episodes reel you in and intrigue you. But the rest of the four episodes are quite disappointing. A lot of the things seem very over the top, it may have been done intentionally, but it doesn’t fit so well. It doesn’t really entertain as much as you hope it would. The show feels like it has been rushed and while you are intrigued with every passing minute and episode, you keep losing your interest. There’s no set direction where the show is headed in and it works against this show. While there is a lot to joke and dramatize about, the show really is missing that spark which would, to paraphrase, bring it home.

MASABA MASABA is streaming on Netflix.

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