“Four More Shots Please!”, the Amazon original series that came in like a whirlwind and redefined feminism for its audience was approved for a second season in June 2019. After the success of the so-called Indian version of ‘Sex and the City’, it was announced that the first season was amongst the top 3 most watch Indian shows on the streaming platform. In this new season, Sayani Gupta returns as Damini Rizvi Roy, an investigative journalist. Kirti Kulhari reprises her role of Anjana Menon, a lawyer, and a single mother. Bani J is seen onscreen as Umang, a bisexual gym trainer and Manvi Gagroo portrays Sidhi Patel in this sequel. ‘Four More Shots Please! Season 2’ has garnered a fanbase of its own as it has become the most-watched Indian show on Amazon Prime Video. It has recently been announced that the show is going international as it is nominated in the Best Comedy Series in the International Emmy Awards 2020. As it is one of the most anticipated releases of this year, it is obvious that I watched it! In April, when the four fearless yet vulnerable, daring yet flawed women returned to the screens, I took some popcorn and started bingeing the series so that I can talk to you guys about it. Now I have decided to share my opinions on this season 2 of the franchise and tell you if it’s good enough for the Emmys or not!
Season 2 of “Four More Shots Please!” sees the return of the main characters Damini, Sidhi, Umang, Anjana, and the supporting cast of Milind Soman, who plays gynecologist Dr. Warsi, Lisa Ray, who plays the famed actress Samara Kapoor, Prateik Babbar, who stars as pub-owner Jeh and Neil Bhoopalam who plays Anjana’s ex-husband Varun Khanna. I think Umang’s character, portrayed by Bani J, shines more than anybody else’s in this new season. In the first installment of the franchise, Umang had very little screen-time but we surely see Bani J coming through as one of the most talented cast members in this sequel. Sayani Gupta played Damini in her suave, cool way but I did feel that, in some places, her expressions were a bit too over-the-top. Kirti Kulhari is naturally talented and I have no complaints about her acting skills. I do think Manvi Gagroo could have been better at portraying Sidhi, this is probably because Sidhi is my most favorite character from the show! Dr. Warsi is played by Milind Soman, who gives off a charming vibe, and honestly, I think his handsome face helped him a lot to get cast for this role. Prateik Babber does not have much to do with his role, so I think his stellar acting skills are being wasted here but hey, whatever he did with the role of Jeh, he did an amazing job. This time, the movie introduced some new characters---Sameer Kochhar plays Shashank Bose, Shibani Dandekar plays his wife Sushmita Sengupta and Prabal Punjabi plays stand-up comedian Amit Mishra.
The second movie in the “Four More Shots Please!” franchise begins with Sidhi stumbling through the crowd gathered at a bridge in Istanbul, drunk-calling Umang, saying that she can’t take it anymore. Afraid for her friend’s life, Umang gets in tough with Anjana and Damini and they meet for the first time in several months since their fallout due to a badly handled argument. After some coaxing and cajoling, Umang succeeds in convincing Dee and Anj to travel to Istanbul and find Sidhi. Then they go there and while they expected to find their friend in a deep hollow of depression, she turned up with a huge smile on her face because she is happy that her friends had come together again all thanks to her. This is how the series starts and then a string of events occur which leads to Umang getting engaged to actress Samara Kapoor. Samara plans for a fairy tale wedding at one of the costliest palaces in Rajasthan and Umang, who has remained the humble Punjabi girl who came to Mumbai with big dreams, does her best to put up with her girlfriend’s expectations. But while doing this, Umang had to suppress many of her own wishes. The season puts up the pictures of four girls, who are flawed yet they try their best to explore their unbecoming and come out victorious. Damini pens a controversial book that cannot find any publisher but then Jeh gives her a wonderful idea to publish it and they begin to come closer, after their argument in the last episode of Season 1. Sidhi, struggling to find out where her passion lies, meets Amit, a stand-up comedian and they begin doing shows together and soon she realizes she has a natural talent for it. Anjana is still coming to terms with her fear of commitments in a relationship when she meets the magnetic Shashank Bose, a married man who has his eyes on her. This season follows its prequel to celebrate the flaws of the millennial women and teaches us to accept ourselves as we are. I really liked the tone of the series as it did come off as flashy and flamboyant but not too much and overall, it is a really good series to binge-watch during a lazy weekend.
What I Liked About the Movie/ What I Did Not
#1 Yes, “The Four more Shots Please!” hurts many sentiments---especially the sentiments of those people who still live in the dark ages and believe independent women cannot exist. And this is what I like about the series. It shows us the tale of four flawless, independent women who try to steer through their lives in South Bombay and deal with their mess in the best way possible.
#2 Bani J’s portrayal of Umang is exemplary. She gave life to the girl’s character. In the scene where Umang’s parents refused to come to her wedding, her expression conveys the pain she felt at the realization that her family was trying to cut her off---and she does a great job to portray that, in my opinion.
#3 I love the easy dynamic between Dee, Anj, Sids, and Mangs. Even though they start the season with a bit of quarreling and lots of arguments, towards the end of it, it is magical to see them come together and celebrate their friendship against all odds.
#4 I did not particularly like Lisa Ray’s acting---or the lack thereof. Her stone-cold face and expressionless dialogue-delivery made it very difficult to feels the emotions during her scenes with Bani J.
My Final Thoughts on This Movie
If you are looking for an easygoing, binge-able series to watch, you should definitely go for this season of “Four More Shots Please!”. Sure, it isn’t as good as many people expected it to be after the first season but still, you could give it a chance. If I gave 8 out of 10 to the first season, this one would probably get a 7 out of 10 ratings from me. If you have watched the series, do share your thoughts on it in the comments below and if you think you have different opinions than mine, do share them too. Go watch it right now if you haven’t already and don’t forget to spread the word by sharing my review with your friends. Have a nice day!