Although it was satisfying to watch women owning to their flaws and desires, Four More Shots Please! failed upon the life of an average Indian woman, when seen in a larger picture.
A bisexual gym trainer, a single mother, a strong-opinionated journalist and body shamed Gujrati girl who's looking for an ideal groom set the stage for Amazon Prime's web show Four More Shots Please!.
As the show begins, you get a feeling you’d meet four distinctive women who are going to present a new take on feminism but all you'd get in this ten episode long series is a mess created by them, their struggles and no central theme. It’s safe to say, this is a failed Indian version of Sex and the City. All the four protagonists are unapologetically flawed but are also directionless, which kills the mood, after a certain point. We were hoping the makers will rise above the expensive booze and chatter among the girl gang and reflect more upon their genuine emotions or their individual stories. The series have been created by Rangita Pritish Nandy and stars Bani J, Maanvi Gagroo, Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari in the lead roles.
Four More Shots Please! stars with Damini (Siyani Gupta) fantasising about her gynaecologist (Milind Sonam) in her dreams but in the real life she's a strong-headed woman who has no time for men as she is obsessed with the idea of saving meaningful journalist from gossip-hungry audience. Second comes Anjana ( Kirti Kulhari), a divorced single mother who's not had sex since the time her 4-year-old daughter was born. Initially, she struggles to move on but is motivated by the idea of it as her ex-husband (Neil Bhoopalam) has already moved on in life and looks forward to build his relationship with Kavya (Amrita Puri). Anjana takes help of dating apps but finally ends up with a much younger intern working for her. Then comes the rebellious Umang Singh (Bani J) a bisexual free-spirited women who run off from her family in Ludhiana who were forcing her to marry a man she doesn’t love and come to settle in Mumbai where she works as a gym instructor and falls for a Bollywood actress. Lastly, Siddhi (Maanvi Gagroo), a chubby Gujrati girl whose mother is after her life to get her married but she is having her own body issues.
Well, the audience is always delighted to watch strong women taking the centre-stage and owning up to their flaws and desires. While the show wants to make you believe that all the four lead characters are ambitious but hardly does anything to portray the same. For example, Damini who is adamant to a build a strong-story base comes across two girls generally gossiping about a masala topic published on her website itself. Eavesdropping their conversation, she bashed those women in a public place but the funny point is, she herlef is the editor in chief of that website and no articles would have been published without her permission.
The supporting cast in the series include familiar faces like Milind Soman, Prateik Babbar, Simone Singh, Neil Bhoopalam and Lisa Ray, but they all are conflicted to their styriotypical roles. Four very distinctive leads and prominent supporting characters are truly unutilised in this Amazon Prime original.
Having said that, there are indeed some heart-warming moments as well. Watching the four friends together would definitely make you feel a little nostalgic and their original music tracks are very refreshing as well. Mikey McCleary & Darshan Raval's compositions make the whole series somewhat enjoyable. Four More Shots Please! is one time watch if you don't have anything better to do instead. We give it 4.5 out of 10 only because well dressed cast and good music with no-too-amazing storyline.
The makers have already confirmed a second season and we seriously hope the story gets more gripping now that all back stories and struggles have been shown in the first season. Fingers crossed!