The name Masaba Gupta needs no introduction. She’s a brand in herself and most people would jump at the chance of getting to know more about her coveted life.
You would think that being a fashion maestro, she has the world at her disposal. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth, or at least that’s what her latest show Masaba Masaba makes us believe.
In the Netflix miniseries, Neena Gupta and her daughter Masaba Gupta play fictionalized versions of themselves. While we can’t vouch for the veracity of the story, the show has the right amount of drama, romance and comedy and is totally worth a watch.
The series rests on the fact that, contrary to popular belief, Masaba is like every other girl. Not a day goes by when she doesn’t roll her eyes at least ten times. Problems abound – she’s in the middle of a divorce, there are money and boy problems, she ends up neglecting her best friend, and her relationship with her mom requires effort from her side. Her “bad news” jar is filled to the brim and there’s almost no good news to celebrate.
But mess is good, or life would be dull. After learning this the hard way, Masaba decides to face her problems head on. And boom, it’s like they all go away in the click of a button (quite literally, because Instagram and social media are the solution to most of her problems).
Both Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta shine in the six-episode series. We all knew Masaba’s prowess as a fashion designer but that she can act, and that too so well, was a shocking discovery. Neena Gupta is a sight to behold in every scene and delivers an honest and natural performance.
The show also features many cameos and barring Farah Khan’s, all of them were unnecessarily OTT. In the first episode, we have Kiara Advani playing a haughty Bollywood actress in such a typical way that it isn’t even funny. Then, there’s Pooja Bedi as a good-for-nothing, over dramatic therapist and you almost feel like skipping her scenes.
But that aside, the supporting cast including Neil Bhoopalam (Four More Shots Please), Rytasha Rathore and Satyadeep Misra add a lot to the screen and are a delight to watch. Showing snippets of little Masaba (Amairah Awatanye) and not giving entire flashbacks was also a new and interesting concept.
All those looking forward to the show to know more about the “real” Masaba Gupta and how she carved a niche for herself in an unforgiving world will be in for some disappointment.
Masaba’s struggles as a half-Black child would have made rich fodder but the show only scratches the surface. It does allude to some real-life episodes like her divorce or Neena Gupta’s announcement asking for work and her movie Badhaai Ho, but that’s about it.
Nonetheless, Masaba Masaba is quite enjoyable. And the secret to enjoy it is to take it as is and to not constantly search for the truth.