August 10, 2022
Four more shots please!  Season 2 review: Amazon series refuses to go ahead

In its first season, Four More Shots Please! – Amazon’s first original scripted Indian comedy series from first-time producer Rangita Pritish Nandy – was just a beautiful shell. That’s how we summarized it in our review, noting its many flaws in the writing and technical departments, whether it’s the pre-adult mindset that defined its approach, along with strong ideas with its limited success. It chose to deal with, or overall lack nuance, particularly in directing and editing. many other critics Were Of Same Opinion, Amazon’s decision to renew the show for a second season — now on Prime Video — was shocking, not least because it seemed content to give free rein to those already at the top. For better or worse, Four More Shots Please! Season 2 is largely produced by the same team.

Rangita’s sister, Ishita Pritish Nandy has a new co-showrunner, elevated from her previous associate showrunner status. This is Ishita’s first credit as a showrunner; She has previously handled brand and film promotions. Season 2 also features a new director, Nupur Asthana (Bewakoofiyaan), but the script and dialogues are from the duo of Devika Bhagat and Ishita Moitra. Between them, Four More Shots Please! Still the same show which was on its debut last year. If anything, the Amazon chain has further dialed up some of its worst trend. Thanks to the almost constant use of background songs and the passion for montages, Four More Shots Please! Season 2 sounds like a series of music videos.

In turn, this signifies an inability to string together some dialogue-filled scenes, let alone create something. Too often, the main quartet offers empty threads in exchange for genuine, honest, engaging dialogue, before ending the scene with a group hug. Most plot ideas—which are not discarded—are resolved 10 minutes after they are first introduced, sometimes adding another character’s arc. This love for quick fixes undermines almost every narrative thread. Since Four More Shots Please! Season 2 is always rushing through setups at lightning speed, unwilling to sit down and spend time with the mindset of the characters, at the end of the day its highs and highs just don’t feel real. If you can’t feel the emotion, it’s going to feel unearned.

We pick up four months before the events of Four More Shots Please! Season 1 concludes, with a broken-hearted Siddhi Patel (Maanvi Gagroo), who herself spent the two of them on a parent-funded Euro trip. In Istanbul, he has a major breakdown and rings best friend and fitness trainer Umang Singh (Bani J), who in turn calls two other members of the girl-gang: investigative journalist Damini Rizvi Roy (Sayani Gupta). and lawyer Anjana Menon (Kirti Kulhari). But the four haven’t spoken since that “big fight” at the end of Season 1. Except that it’s an easy, frothy comedy, which is why the trio pack their bags one minute and are on the next flight to Turkey. Capital, where they patch up after a few scenes, several costume changes, and a dozen selfies.

During those exchanges, Four More Shots Please! Season 2 fills in the blank. Despite the frenzy, Anjana has custody of her daughter, as her ex-husband Varun Khanna (Neil Bhoopalam) did not accuse. Back home, she runs away from the prospect of domestic bliss with her boyfriend, which is further complicated by the arrival of rival lawyer Shashank Bose (Sameer Kochhar from Sacred Games) and Varun looking at his past through rose-tinted glasses. Huh. There’s a big deal here about Varun’s self-destructive personality – his second wife Kavya Arora (Amrita Puri) is pregnant – but the subplot is forgotten and never resolved. Also, Anjana is facing misogyny at work, but Four More Shots Please! Season 2 is also on the nose and self-righteous in its portrayal.

After breaking the heart of bar owner Jeh Wadia (Prateik Babbar) at the end of Season 1, Damini is back in the land of casual sex with her gynecologist Dr. Amir Warsi (Milind Soman). On the career front, she has spent four intervening months researching the alleged murder of a judge for a book (written in a short montage after two episodes of writers’ block). Through this, Four More Shots Please! Season 2 today proceeds with the socio-political issues of press self-censorship and exposure of journalists in India, with Damini being labeled “anti-national” and “prestitut”. But the Amazon series complicates its handling of the story as it gives the other side ammunition, and ultimately, reveals that it has nothing valuable to say.

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Maanvi Gagroo, Lisa Ray and Bani J in Four More Shots Please! season 2
Photo Credit: Amazon India

Same is the case with Umang’s arc, in which she is trying to help her girlfriend Samara Kapoor (Lisa Ray), who we are told is bipolar. We have a little faith Four more shots please! Will commit to discovering it, and that’s exactly what happens. That leaves Siddhi, whose new thing in Season 2 is stand-up comedy. After half a dozen career tries, a trust-funded Gujarati girl discovers a talent for Zingers after accidentally grabbing another comic during her act. If Four More Shots Please! There’s only one theme on K’s sophomore run, so it is that women need to embrace independence. This applies both personally and professionally to the four main characters, as they deal with self-esteem, identity, desire, and motherhood.

But any real progress on that front Four More Shots Please! is reduced by the above shortcomings. Kulhari is largely the only one who, thanks to her line delivery and small touches from her face, is able to pick up the faded material. Except that it’s not nearly enough, when you’re battling bad direction that keeps pushing high notes out of the actors, so you have little cinematographic idea which frames to choose and which ones to switch between. or allowing your characters to make inappropriate decisions over and over again. And even when its characters have something sensible to say, Four More Shots Please! Season 2 can’t commit to it. Not too afraid to depict something raw, the Amazon series is more than happy to jump from one endearing, endearing, and cliché moment to another.

Four more shots please! Season 2 is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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