‘Made in Heaven’ is the newest venture by the two friends Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti who have, on various occasions surprised the Indian television world with their sensational movies. The series will be the fourth Indian fictional Amazon Prime series. ‘Made in Heaven’ is about two wedding planners who plan and organize the big, fat weddings India is famous for. Zoya Akhtar is presently riding on the accolades her movie ‘Gully Boy’ (2019) is earning, and this will be the newest addition to her body of work. The series is written by Akhtar herself, Reema Kagti, Niranjan Iyengar, Alankrita Shrivastava, and Vivek Anchalia, while the story is by Anchalia himself. Along with Akhtar, Nitya Mehra, Prashant Nair, and Shrivastava are the other directors of the series.
The two wedding planners who are the lead characters of the story are Taran and Kara, and they organize lavish affairs to make weddings look like fairytales. The name of the show, ‘Made in Heaven’ is actually the name of their company. They smoothly blend in traditional concepts with modern aesthetics to please their clients. But there will always be disagreements when the old and the new meet, and that is what the series seems to be about. With the backdrop of Indian weddings, this series takes on modern problems faced by the new-age Indians, who are trying to reconcile the outlook and beliefs of their families which are seeped in tradition, with the modern world and the problems it brings along.
Made in Heaven Cast: Who’s in it?
The show’s two lead characters are played by Arjun Mathur and Sobhita Dhulipala. Dhulipala had made her debut in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Raman Raghav 2.0’ by Anurag Kashyap, which was screened at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Mathur, on the other hand, has a vast experience, having earlier worked as an assistant director in some big Bollywood projects. Interestingly, he was also the lead actor in Zoya Akhtar’s directorial debut ‘Luck By Chance’ (2009). Mathur recently played the role of politician Rahul Gandhi in the controversial movie ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ (2019). Eminent actress Kalki Koechlin is also a part of the cast, and she has acted in several critically acclaimed films throughout her career, even earning praise from Roger Ebert for her performance in ‘That Girl in Yellow Boots’ (2011). Another powerful theatre and film actor, Jim Sarbh, is a part of the cast as well, along with Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Ankur Raathe, Shweta Tripathi, and Monty Singh.
The series is produced by Excel Entertainment, who had earlier streamed their shows ‘Inside Edge‘ (2017) and Mirzapur (2018) on Amazon Prime. According to Akhtar, the first season was initially set to have ten episodes, but they ultimately decided to stick with just nine. Akhtar, who started her career with movies, said “It (web series) is a different format, long format. For filmmakers and writers like us who usually have to end a story in 2 hours, this is an opportunity to tell a story in a long format. It’s filmmaking at the end of the day. It’s just a different format and therefore we are happy to experiment with it”.
Made in Heaven Plot: What is it about?
Made in Heaven’s plot is set in the backdrop of a lavish Indian wedding. The wedding ceremonies are deeply rooted in Indian cultural and religious traditions. But those who are being married, cannot seem to connect with all the rituals that are happening every single day. They are a modern couple who have seen the world around. The lead characters of the story are the wedding planners who arrange the entire shenanigan. They seek out the venue of the wedding, make arrangements for decorations, catering, and others. However, under this lavish gala lies deep, dark secrets of each man and woman. Is all the lavishness a layer under which they are trying to hide their truer selves? Are Taran and Kara, the sellers of such dreams, happy themselves? How much meaning do traditional values hold in a world which is slowly being consumed by the consumerism? These are the questions one can ask while watching this show. There is also a hint that traditions are nothing by sellable products which makes one looks deeply rooted in culture and customs while such is not the case at all. Akhtar has always tried to focus on modern Indian problems in her movies, and this seems to be heading in a similar direction.
In a statement they released regarding the series, Akhtar and Kagti said, “Creating Made in Heaven has been a labor of love. Our objective with this project was to tell a story that was inherently entertaining but strong and deeply rooted in our society. Grand Indian weddings acted as just the right backdrop to examine the liberal fabric of educated, modern Indians and their dichotomous value systems that co-exist peacefully at times and at other times come into conflict.”