Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo dropped on Disney+ Hotstar today, and it’s a blast…for the most part. Literally and figuratively. Probably an ode to the saas-bahu sagas Indian television is known for, this series shows you a twisted family unit. Headlined by Dimple Kapadia, Isha Talwar, Angira Dhar, and Radhika Madan, women are the frontrunners of this show. Directed by Homi Adajania, Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo also stars Deepak Dobriyal, Naseeruddin Shah, Ashish Verma, Varun Mitra, and Monica Dogra. Here’s what we thought of Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo.
The women are not to be messed with
Set in the fictional town of Hastipur, Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo tells the story of Savitri (Dimple Kapadia), a single mother who runs the Rani Co-operative. Savitri employs women in her organisation, most of whom have fled abusive households. On the surface, she runs a business of making and exporting handicraft items, but the real moneymaker is the illicit drug business. Savitri’s bahus Bijlee (Isha Talwar) and Kavya (Angira Dhar) and her daughter Shanta (Radhika Madan) run the business with other womenfolk. Her USA-residing sons, on the contrary, are oblivious to their mother, sister, and wives’ true business.
The star of the show is undoubtedly Dimple Kapadia with her ruthlessness as well as compassion. Savitri is a dichotomous character. On one hand, we see a cut-throat drug dealer who doesn’t hesitate to chop off the heads of anyone who threatens her family. On the other hand, we see an empathetic woman, who is a godmother and matriarch to the women of Hastipur.
Bijlee, Kavya, and Shanta are equally sassy and powerful women who mean business and know how to get things done. Shanta takes care of making the drug Flamingo, Kavya runs the logistics, and Bijlee takes care of the accounts. And these four women are the show. When they are on screen, you barely notice the men in the background.
Packs a punch, but lacks a bit of impact
Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo packs quite a punch. From the action sequences to the gruesome killing, the series is well done. The performances are great for the most part, but the plot wavers. Similarly, the show is quite predictable and you can foresee what’s going to happen next. The plot and writing needed to be a little tighter for the show to make the maximum impact. There are too many characters in play, and you might struggle to keep track of them all. The flaws are minuscule here, and Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo is worth a watch just for the sheer power that women in the show hold. These women own their desires, their strengths, and their weaknesses. They don’t shy away from taking hard steps and that’s great to watch.
This review is based on the first four episodes of Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo and it does show signs of upping the ante in the future episodes.
Can you watch Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo with your family?: Definitely not with children. It features drug abuse, sexual abuse, sex, coarse language, and explicit violence.
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