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Why It’s Wrong To Think That Made In Heaven Is A Show About Rich People

There are only 2 things in India that give social mobility - a solid, elitist education (like Radhika Apte's character) or marriage (like Tara Khanna). Made In Heaven does this well.

Made In Heaven is a good show because it brings out nuances that dramas depicting Indian lives almost never do.

The link between marriage and social mobility

Think of the moment when Jazz asks the Bai to clean properly and she retorts back. It’s so real. It’s the middle class need to be hierarchically superior to socioeconomically lower classes. Then the upper class Delhi way of throwing shade by calling out the area (oh, Dwarka, metro must have made it easy no). The irate feelings of Radhika Apte’s younger brother who calls getting his caste known as “coming out” as a quota student.

Anyone who calls it a show about rich people getting married obviously doesn’t know what they are talking about. Marriage is a great backdrop because our collective social anxieties, biases and manipulations come to life because of the social mobility marriage affords. And how well these have been shown!

There are only 2 things in India that give social mobility – a solid, elitist Education (like Radhika Apte’s character) or marriage (like Tara Khanna). Made In Heaven does this well, navigating so many lives of (largely) so many women and doing it in such a contemporary way!

And so many questions –

What spurs a woman to blindly settle with a married man (Kalki)?

What does it mean to be a provider to a family and a business owner as a woman (Sobhita)?

Why do women settle for what clearly doesn’t work for them (Mrunal)?

Why do women not want to live with men who are “socially good enough” (Dia)?

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Why does wanting love come with humiliating disgrace till we find the one (Trinetra)?

How do women show resilience within the cage they’re given and rebuild their lives (Mona)?

All these arcs stuffed together work well.

Very few Indian weddings go the way of Shweta Tripathi from season 1. Most are in the zone like Neelam’s own (incompatible) or her son’s are (transactional where the girl has been taught to dream about settling down).

It is a brilliant show (even if that means seeing Bvlgari and Zomato placements…!) that explores how families sabotage themselves, and relationships break and repair. It’s so worth it. Even Kabir’s voice over is worth it because it shows the elitist need to intellectualize, but not really do anything to change things.

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Ayushi Mona

Ayushi Mona co-leads Broke Bibliophiles Bombay Chapter, India's first offline reader driven community. She is a poet and writer who evangelizes Indian writing in English at the India Booked podcast and has also read more...

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