In Christmas 2019, I was with my extended family, eating and drinking merrily and playing Monopoly. Presents were exchanged. I got to see my little cousins all excited about receiving the latest new gadget or a sparkly dress. I got to complain to everyone how disgusting brussel sprouts were (Don’t try and change my mind please!) and peel vegetables like it was a communal activity rather than a chore. A flurry of Christmas crackers, dazzling jumpers and talking over Eastenders, it was truly Litmas.
Flash forward to Christmas 2020, we try and keep the same traditions but without the hustle and bustle of all my cousins running around and the adults talking and drinking, it just isn’t the same. There’s less washing up, less food and less chatter. Christmas is Christmas but with a tinge of sadness. I just want to fast forward until Rona has left the building…
Netflix released a show titled ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ and it sounded fascinating, terrible and my next guilty pleasure. Produced by the titular Karan Johar, a household name in producing Bollywood movies, I knew the reality would be juicy and I wasn’t mistaken. Was it cringy and terrible? Yes. Did I sit through all 8 episodes and laugh my head off? You bet. Indian women are melodramatic, hilarious and you often have to take their words with a pinch of masala as seen by all the Indian serials my mum watches and sponsored the the infamous Pooja meme:
About the show
The show focuses on four Indian socialites: Maheep Kapoor, Bhavna Pandey, Neelam Kothari and Seema Khan. It follows their day-to-day lives as they argue excessively, complain about everything and balk in a lavish penthouse in Doha. What’s not to love? Here are the funniest moments
The Beach clean-up
After Maheep organises a beach clean up, I nearly snorted with laughter when Bhavna chose to hear heels in lieu of some comfy wellington boots. The other women found this particularly amusing although this was drowned out by how much I wanted to tear my hair out watching them attempt to do something that didn’t involve a superficial activity. Maheep protests after finding a condom and it almost turns into a crisis until they realise that it is in fact a glove.
Karan Johar stirring the pot
I only realised Karan Johar was the producer of this show when he participated in a lunch with the girls and effectively began stirring the pot. After a few guided questions from him, storm Karan led the girls into a catfight on camera. Karan seems to have a penchant for melodrama and misunderstandings as I could tell from his movies so it seemed only natural he’d cause a commotion on his own show!
Arguing about nothing
Most of the time when fights happened on the show. I’d be sitting there like
They had an argument about whether being called a ‘MILF’ was a compliment or not for God’s sake..
Most of the conundrums on the show were linked to dilemmas which could probably have been resolved within a few minutes rather than being dragged out. If anything this showed me that Bollywood, like Hollywood, is entrenched in bitchiness and catfights galore. Think the Kardashians but in Mumbai.
I may have moaned a lot about having to see a bunch of socialites get botox but in reality, I live for seeing the glamour of Bollywood, thirst over the outfits and get to see them take on Doha on a ‘Girls Trip’. Snapshots of luxury Mumbai also had me wishing I could just teleport to India and splurge on some designer saris.
Have you seen the show? Did you enjoy it? Let me know x