Two years ago, the first season of ELLE was released on Netflix. Mumbai Police Constable Bhumika aka Bhoomi tells the story of her lower middle class life with a bad relationship with her husband, feuds with her sister and being responsible for her mother. Between her shifts on the streets as a police officer, she gets the opportunity to go undercover and becomes a prostitute and grows closer to Satya, a special member of drug lord Nayak’s gang.
The first season ends with Satya and Bhumi dying in the custody of the protagonist. This is where the story of the second season begins.
A big name like Imtiaz Ali is associated with Netflix’s SHE. As a producer and creator, Imtiaz Ali had a great responsibility to bring something new to OTT. However, nothing worked out in the first season of SHE. Bhumi’s character picked up a bit in the second season. Bhumi, who has lost both her relationship and her apartment to her husband, grows closer to Nayak, earns his trust, and her relationship with Nayak begins to take a turn. Bhumi now leads a double life, she faces a dilemma. Its freedom, its strength and the confidence that it accompanies the protagonist attract him to live in this world. The police also want to shut down Bhumi Nayak’s drug operation as an undercover.
Meanwhile, the hero’s story also continues, which reveals why the hero is so heartless. Bhumi becomes a hero on both paths of her double life, where her relationships are at stake and where she realizes her happiness. I don’t find SHE Season 2 claims to show this story from Bhoomi’s point of view. But the difficulty is that in this 8-episode series, the whole crowd-gathering formula on OTT has been wrapped around itself.
A brand like Netflix, a name like Imtiaz, obviously the field is very strong technically. But in this series, there are a lot of sex scenes in the name of Bhumi’s self-identification. Once upon a time, this series by Aditi Pohankar was modeled after Netflix’s extra hot semi-porn series, Dork Desire. Sex scenes were also used to show the change inside the country. As a result, more time was spent making these scenes erotic than the story. One thing that strikes a lot about the character of the hero is that such a big drug lord, who runs his operation all over India, whose picture the police couldn’t take even after trying their best, spends all his time following the message on his computer And why does he take on command, then the rest of the time on the ground?
SHE 2 is female-centric but does not tell the story of female empowerment. In the name of improving the lives of prostitutes in the slums of Mumbai, the choice of their sultanate in drug operations is not acceptable. As a story, SHE 2 stumbles and stops as characters are created. But the OTT audience, that is, the audience with the mobile phone close to their eyes and the headphones on their ear, does not care about these flaws. SHE 2 has it all.
2.5 stars to ELLE 2.
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