Four More Shots Please (Season 3) — A Review as Deranged as the Season

Yes yes, that same dumb show on Amazon Prime that we’ve all pretended to hate but dutifully watched all three seasons of. That one only. After watching it I was enraged for a full three days so I really need to put down my feelings before I explode.

Having publicly shared my opinion online many times in the last few years, we’ll start with a response to hate comments before we even begin. Firstly, should I even write this? I work in this industry and I’m basically risking pissing off a lot of influential people but hey maybe I’m not as important as I think I am. Secondly, I’ve only ever written one screenplay, that was 2 minutes long, for a workshop so who the fuck am I to give an opinion? But hey shows are made for viewers, right? Thirdly, there are bigger problems in the world so why am I even spending this much time and energy on some random show. Well, I’m literally in this business to hopefully be a part of and create work that ideally will be the opposite of this fucking show, so here goes.

Obviously this has spoilers so if you haven’t watched season three, don’t read this. Secondly, this is going to be very aggro/bitter/angry/judgemental, so if you want a nice level headed reasonable review you can exit now only thanks.

Okay now coming to the motley list of insane characters and their stories so far:

  • Anjana — divorced her man child husband Varun and lives with her daughter. She’s a big shot lawyer who ran out of patience with her ex and fucked off as any financially independent reasonable person should. She then had a side scene with her colleague/boss who said he was in an open relationship but turned out he’s a lying cheater (surprise, surprise). Meanhwile Varun has gone off and married some boho cool chick named Kavya whom we know nothing about other than the fact that she’s chill af. Kavya and Varun have a baby together. Sigh.

Now let’s start with the critique of this premise only. Firstly. Sigh. FIRSTLY AND FOREMOSTLY (yes I know that’s not a word) Sex and the City spin off much? But in Mumbai so could be fun? Idk, moving on. Nextly (yes I know this is not a real word either)— they all apparently become BEST friends after meeting at Jeh’s bar. WTF? Adult friendships are so insanely difficult and usually the ones we hold on to are from school, college, or work (where we see each other every fucking day for years on end). How the flying peanut butter fuck did these four women from SUCH different backgrounds, doing SUCH different things, at SUCH different phases in their lives, become besties after getting drunk together one time? It makes zero sense, they have NOTHING in common except drinking at Jeh’s bar, but #diversity I guess?

Also how is it that none of them seem to have any other friends from work, college, school, life, neighbourhood? They only have each other and love/sex interests apparently. Okay fine, it’s an ensemble cast, how many characters can you possibly squeeze into one show, fine, forgiven.

Moving on, let’s recap what happens in season 3.

  • Anjana + Varun = Kavya finds out that Varun and Anjana made out one time because Anjana’s daughter spills the beans (LOLz too good). Kavya kicks out Varun and he promptly moves back in with Anjana. Varun you’re a grown ass man, do you seriously have nowhere else to go??? Paapa this Anjana falls back into a nostalgic rut with Varun and is so happy that their kid is happy. Until Kavya changes her mind and Varun just frolics back into her arms. WHAT ARE YOU DOING VARUNNN???? But at least he’s a self aware dumbass so we’ll give him that much.

I need to take some deep breaths, brb.

Okay I’m back.

Some of the themes in this show that have pissed me off:

  • Female friendships — while it’s great to have a show where women are friends in stead of competing with each other for the same man, this friendship makes very little sense. Firstly they all have nothing in common. Secondly it seems like they not only forgive each other’s sins but also gaslight themselves and each other into believing that the way they treat people is okay. Uh… there are a few moments where they call each other out but it’s just not enough given the state of affairs. If nothing else just sit and talk and hear each other out. Recommend therapy or journalling or anger management. Something other than egging each other on??? Also it’s such a fuck up that the men in this show support the women much more than the women support each other. UGH.

Other things about this show that are annoying:

  • Costumes and styling — so fucking overdressed and over-styled all the time. WHY? Like literally my skin itches seeing the fabrics and accessories while they’re in sweaty, humid Mumbai. Ick.

It’s just so sad that a premise with such potential ended up where it is now. Even if they had fully adapted Sex and the City they would have done better. Those women have friends outside the 4 of them. They fight with each other properly. They call each other out. They make up after giving things time. They put each other before their romantic interests. There is honestly in their relationships, variety in their lives, something worth watching. It wasn’t perfect by any means and some characters are genuinely annoying, but they’re meant to be. It was ahead of its time and FMSP could have been the same for an Indian audience. It honestly just makes me more sad than angry. Sigh.

Also to comment on this as an actor rather than a viewer — it’s always fun to play a character that’s so far removed from reality. You can use the character to portray the worst version of yourself and just do the things that we’ve all sometimes thought of doing. I can fully understand wanting to play these characters, it seems fun to just be this kind of unhinged. So I hope they all had a good time.

I also hope that the writers get a chance to watch Euphoria and possibly end this show with more layers, more empathy, and more grey areas. Sigh. Now to try and not completely ruin your day, let us end this with the few good things about this show… Jim Sarbh, Rajeev Siddharatha, Prateik Babber, Neil Bhoopalam… and that’s all I can think of. So…

Have a nice day and RIP my career.



Actor, Struggler, Agony Aunt

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