Four More Shots Please: A piece of art is not what it is, but what you get out of it. Four girls set out to take over the world in their own unique ways. But then, like one of the songs says, “Plans went completely wrong… Life’s not as easy as it seems”. The girls battle like warriors. The story takes an interesting angle when the focus is laid on deep-rooted misogyny.
For one, the challenge lies in being looked down upon as being incapable of doing good work balancing family and profession, while for another, it is to be a desirable girl for marriage. For another, the conflict is of being a single mother trying to raise her child right while the father gets to mistreat her, and on the other hand, manage her own love life and fulfil her own needs. A journalist is being kicked out of her own company just because she dared to speak the truth and then targeted for a controversial book is what happens in reality, but never really gets portrayed on screen. For me, a writer being called anti-national for exposing the people in power stole the show.
The spotlight of the show with a celebrity coming out and declaring herself a part of the LGBTQ community despite the threat of jeopardizing her career was something that needed acknowledgement. To me, it seemed like everything stood as a metaphor, and that’s what made me introspect a lot, and hence, learn a lot.
Body shaming is what we come across on a daily basis and the way the story inculcated the issue was a massive hit. “The biggest fuck up in the whole world is the idea of flawless beauty.” This line by Sidhi Patel says it all. Talking of script, another line by the same character smashes all the feminism v. chivalry arguments. It talks about whether a guy should open and hold the door for a woman.
“Hazaron saalo se the men have been closing all the doors on us lekin chivarly ke naam par aik door kholne mein they get feminist burns.” Mic drop.
Who knew amongst all the saas-bahu drama, I could find something that would teach me all about life. You make plans, you mess up, you handle the stress sometimes, you fall off the edge, but you never stop moving along. And four girls making it on their own with dwindling support from others is what made it a feminist delight.