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Mismatched Season 1 Review: Prajakta Kohli-Rohit Saraf’s Netflix Series Doesn’t Entirely Pull Off in Being Millennials’ Hip Hip Hurray! (LatestLY Exclusive)

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Mismatched Season 1 Review: Prajakta Kohli-Rohit Saraf’s Netflix Series Doesn’t Entirely Pull Off in Being Millennials’ Hip Hip Hurray! (LatestLY Exclusive)

Mismatched Season 1 Review: To be fair, Mismatched, Netflix’s new offering, is better than many of the web-series we have currently on campus stories and teenagers. While it tends to take cliched routes, Mismatched, directed by Nipun Dharmadhikari and Akarsh Khurana and based on Sandhya Menon’s book When Dimple Met Rishi, doesn’t use opportunities to get its characters take of their clothes at any moment, and then get them to indulge in gratuitous sex scenes. It actually deals with frustrations and peer pressures dealt by the youth, while also not avoiding discussing their raging hormones, but never going overboard with that. Mismatched Trailer: Prajakta Koli And Rohit Saraf’s Netflix Drama Involves Friendships, Romance, Career And Much More!

Just like the title of the review suggests, Mismatched felt like Hip Hip Hurray for this new generation. Whereas characters like Zeenat (Vidya Malvade) represents the ’90s generation, trying to figure out what this gen is talking about, and getting to fit in there. Or you can be Sid (Rannvijay Singh), who just don’t care a damn, and is cool with the ongoings. Mismatched may be about the millenials, but the feelings it delves in can be understood for some more generations across. You don’t really need to have FOMO while watching it!

The protagonist of the show is the geeky Dimple Ahuja from Ambala (Prajakta Kilo). An intelligent wannabe coder with a passion for gaming (have to admit, sexy combo), Dimple is harangued by her mother who insists she look better than what God gave her so that she can find a good match. BTW, she is just 17.

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Dimple gets admission for a three-month exclusive app developing course in a university in Jaipur. that for its Rs 1.4 lakh admission fee, can’t even offer proper toilet facilities. Thinking she is finally free of her mother’s arranged marriage talks, Dimple is in for a shock when Rishi Shekhawat (Rohit Saraf) lands there to meet his ‘future wife’ – her.

Now if you are curious to know why Rishi, still in teens himself and comes from an affluent family, is so in urgency to get married, he is inspired by his grandparents’ long, happy married life (till his grandpa passed away). They got married in their teens, while his parents, who married in their ’30s, are now separated. Thank God, his grandparents didn’t marry as children, otherwise we would have had Netflix’s version of Balika Vadhu.

Anyway, Mismatched veers away from turning into that, as we get to know more about Dimple’s course and her classmates. There is Celina Matthews (Muskkaan Jaferi), her tomboyish, violet-haired roommate, with a secret of her own.

There is Harsh Agarwal (Vihaan Samat), an NRI boy who came to Jaipur to spend summer with his grandparents but takes up the course as an excuse to use university’s WiFi. We have Anmol Malhotra (Taaruk Raina), a brash gamer, who is presently high on frustration after an accident left him wheelchair-bound. His best friend Krish (Abhinav Sharma) is like a sidekick, equally arrogant and rude, while Krish’s vain girlfriend Simran (Kritika Bharadwaj) is Insta obsessed. Prajakta Koli Makes Acting Debut with Short Film ‘Khayali Pulav’.

There is also Zeenat, the oldest student in the class, who has decided to take up the course after her husband’s demise. The course is taught by Sid, who is a celeb among the coders, and enjoys a joint in his discreet time. Rishi and his bestie Namrata (Devyani Shorey) also join the course, though when they applied for it, I am not sure since Rishi only came to the university to meet Zeenat. Guess that’s why big bucks are for!

Sid pairs them up in a team of two, and tells them that whichever team makes the best app would get a lucrative internship offer. While not everyone can see each other eye to eye, with Anmol, Krish and Simran already forming the brat pack, their competitive urges heat up. Cue, we see friendships forged, life-lessons learn, romances built up, spats occuring and quite a few hearts and trust broken over the six episodes of the first season.

Mismatched begins off on a great note. The main characters, even if most of them are walk-talking cliques, have this Breakfast Club potential in them to break out of their coatings (glad that it doesn’t turn Anmol into a pitiable figure). Some storytelling elements sparkle – like when the students explain their app, while turning into a visual presentation.

The actors are all really good, with Koli (highly confident and fantastic), Muskkaan Jaferi (very natural), Vihaan Samat (approps detached) and Taaruk Raina (dominates the screen everytime he appears) standing out. The veterans – Vidya Malvade and Rannvijay – are very amiable in their roles, and I hope the second season gives us more insight in their backstories or backgrounds.

Rohit Saraf, who was so good is The Sky is Pink and Ludo, however, seems to be stuck in the the same rut throughout the series, though it has more to do with his character being this puppy-love obsessed. That said, his romantic track with Dimple trudges along in a cute manner, till it is horrible undone in the season finale. More on that later.

The first couple of episodes does a decent enough job of setting the storylines and the characters. Sadly, not all of them get to develop much. It feels weird that Dimple, who feels determined from the beginning, would find herself distracted for a gaming contest, right when she knows she has a lot of work to be done. One of the best tracks in the show is that of Namrata developing a crush on Celina, but even its development serves as a plot element for the main love story later on. Krish and Simran’s characters are also equally underserved. It is a little annoying to see a show that felt so fresh in the beginning, turn into a melodramatic mesh of romantic entanglements in the second half. I understand that the series may want to live upto its title, but it should be backed by writing that allows flawed decision being blamed on the character rather than on the series.

But the most disappointing is the finale of the season. While I won’t say much on this, some of the decisions that the characters take here feel like forced infusion of drama. Even the hotly talked about gaming contest doesn’t offer any goose-bumping inducing moments. And less said about that final scene – that reminded me of an infamous Ross Geller moment in FRIENDS – the better!

Yay!

– A Likeable Cast

– Sets Up Characters and Plotlines Nicely

Nay!

– The Writing in the Second Half

– The Disappointing Finale

Final Thoughts

Even with its present era setting, Mismatched gave me the nostalgic feels of watching Hip Hip Hurray and Banegi Apni Baat from the ’90s. The series loses some of that niceties as it progresses, but with better writing and focus, the next season could make it a defining show for the young crowds. Mismatched is streaming on Netflix.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 20, 2020 08:47 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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20 Years of Priyanka Chopra Winning Miss World: From Crowing Moment to Her Mother Worrying About Her Studies, Watch Videos of Her Journey

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20 Years of Priyanka Chopra Winning Miss World: From Crowing Moment to Her Mother Worrying About Her Studies, Watch Videos of Her Journey

This day in the year 2000, Priyanka Chopra brought home the Miss World crown. 20 years on and she is the reigning queen of the film industry – not just Bollywood but Hollywood as well. And to think of it, her mother, Madhu Chopra, had almost sent her pictures to Miss India pageant merely as a joke. Well, from giving a wrong answer to a wardrobe malfunction, Priyanka had to brave through it all to win the crown. All well’s that ends well, but Priyanka’s story is still unfinished. She will be talking more about her journey to and after winning Miss World in her upcoming memoir, Unfinished, which has already broken pre-sales record to become the number one seller in the US. Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ Memoir, Unfinished Becomes the Best Seller in the US in Less Than 12 Hours.

If you think that pageants are superficial celebrations of beauty, then Priyanka is here to prove you wrong. “I do think pageants are subject to a lot of stereotyping, and some of them deserve it too, but my experience with Miss World wasn’t like that,” she said in an interview with ELLE UK. “It was focused on being a woman of substance — how well you’d be able to solve world issues, what kind of orator you are etc.” Priyanka Chopra Jonas Celebrates 20 Years Of Her Crowning Moment At Miss World 2000; Madhu Chopra Recalls Her Daughter’s Big Win (Watch Video).

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She has also reflected upon her wardrobe malfunction on the pageant. “I won Miss World, my dress was taped on to me. By the time I won at the end I was sweating so much because it was so stressful that the entire tape came off,” The Sky is Pink actor told People in an interview.

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Of course, Priyanka’s mother was happy and so was the entire nation. But, a mother is a mother after all. In a video, Madhu revealed recently, “When I hugged her I spoke the stupidest thing that should have been…Instead of telling her that I’m so glad, so happy that you’re Miss World, I said, ‘Babe, now what will happen to your studies?”

Well, Priyanka’s success today makes mothers across the nation dream bigger for their daughters.

 

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 04:04 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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‘Netflix’s The Crown Should Be Called A Work Of Fiction’, Demands UK Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden

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'Netflix's The Crown Should Be Called A Work Of Fiction', Demands UK Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden

Netflix’s The Crown has managed to captivate audiences across the world. The new season has been especially gratifying to many as it talked about Princess Diana and her tumultuous marriage with Prince Charles. Quite obviously, the depiction of the royal family in this series did ruffle a few feathers. The latest addition to that is UK Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden’s demand that the streamer issues a disclaimer at the start about the series being ‘a work of fiction.’ The Crown Season 4 Review: Emma Corrin’s Diana And Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher Deserve Applause But It’s Josh O’Connor’s Prince Charles That Keeps It Humane (Onhike Exclusive)

Speaking to Daily Mail, Dowden said, “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that.” He believes that it could give a damaging view of the family to the generation who was not present when the events took place.  He feels a whole generation may mistake fiction for facts. Dowden also reveals that he would be writing a letter to Netflix on the same.

Earl Spencer, late Lady Diana’s brother, also voiced similar concerns when he told ITV, “It would help The Crown an enormous amount if at the beginning of each episode it stated that, ‘This isn’t true but is based around some real events’. Because then everyone would understand it’s a drama for drama’s sake.”

All this happened after The Crown season 4 led to a lot of abuse instances. There are reports that Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince Charles’ second wife, has received a lot of abusive messages and so did some of the other members of the royal family.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 03:08 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Rahul Roy Continues to Battle in the Hospital, Fans Pray for His Speedy Recovery (View Tweets)

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Veteran actor Rahul Roy suffered from a brain stroke yesterday and was taken to Nanavati hospital immediately for treatment. His health deteriorated while he was shooting for his film LAC – Live The Battle in Kargil and was brought back to Mumbai shortly. The crew was in Kargil for a 17-day shoot and reportedly had two more days of the shoot left when Rahul’s health started to deteriorate. The actor’s brother Romeer confirmed the news with the media and revealed that he is recovering. Rahul Roy Hospitalised Due to Brain Stroke, Raveen Tandon Prays for His Speedy Recovery.

While no details about his treatment in the hospital are out,  the fans of the veteran actor have been worried sick to know how he is doing. Twitter has been abuzz with prayers for Rahul Roy and the hashtag #RahulRoy is even trending on the social media platform.

Sharing videos and pictures of the actor, Twitteratis are wishing for his speedy recovery. One of the users went on to write, “Prayers for my DEAREST brother Rahul Roy…Get well soon Tiger you have lots of Junoon in you and the world knows Aashiqui only bcz of you.” Another user wrote, “Sir #RahulRoy we pray for u. You recover very soon.”

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Get Well Soon!

We All Pray For His Speedy Recovery!

A Sweet Message From Another Fan!

Fans Sending Best Wishes!

A source close to the development revealed to India Express, “It was extreme weather conditions that caused the stroke. He was rushed from Kargil to Srinagar and then to the Nanavati Hospital.” Rahul Roy’s Co-Star Nishant Singh Malkhani Reveals Why the Actor May Have Suffered a Brain Stroke on the Set.

Talking about his film LAC, it also features former Bigg Boss 14 contestant Nishant Singh Malkhani in a pivotal role. Directed by Nitin Kumar Gupta, the film is being produced by Chitra Vakil Sharma and Nivedita Basu. Rahul plays the role of a colonel in while Nishant will be seen in the lead role.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Nov 30, 2020 02:39 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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