India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

Dhruv Se­h­gal de­serves credit for giv­ing In­dian mil­len­ni­als a desi cou­ple they can root for: Kavya (Mithila Palkar) and Dhruv (Se­h­gal him­self ) of the web se­ries Lit­tle Things. Now with the back­ing of Net­flix, which part­nered with Dice Me­dia for its sec­ond sea­son, the show boasts a longer run, larger scale, big­ger reach and more in­tense drama this time around. But

Se­h­gal, whose par­ents are diplo­mats, hasn’t changed his ap­proach to try to win fans from among the stream­ing gi­ant’s in­ter­na­tional sub­scribers. The fo­cus still is on the in­su­lar and cosy world of Dhruv and Kavya and the is­sues they face and deal with on a daily ba­sis.

Not much has changed in Dhruv and Kavya’s re­la­tion­ship. They still bond over food a lot, cud­dle in bed, have forth­right con­ver­sa­tions and tease each other. This time around, though, Se­h­gal is also ea­ger to ex­plore how their re­spec­tive ca­reers af­fect their per­sonal equa­tion and how Dhruv’s man-child ways are not al­ways a source of amuse­ment. If sea­son one was Be­fore Sun­rise, sea­son two is a com­bi­na­tion of Be­fore Sun­set and Be­fore Mid­night. But more than Richard Lin­klater, Se­h­gal says he ad­mires the work of Mike Leigh and Sai Paran­jpe for their at­ten­tion to de­tail and sin­gu­lar fo­cus on emo­tions. These are most ev­i­dent in Dhruv-Kavya’s spats over re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, dreams and fu­ture.

That isn’t to say there aren’t mo­ments of the mean­ing­ful si­lences and ten­der lov­ing care that earned the show its fol­low­ing. One episode un­folds en­tirely in the bed­room and com­prises mostly one-takes and close-ups. Oth­ers ac­quaint view­ers with more peo­ple from the cou­ple’s world such as Kavya’s mother and Dhruv’s ho­mo­pho­bic school friend to delve into how re­la­tion­ship dy­nam­ics evolve. The tone re­mains earnest, but the con­ver­sa­tions are now more ma­ture and ex­ploratory. Both Palkar and Se­h­gal are even more set­tled into their parts, mak­ing the in­ti­macy more can­did and the ex­changes more spon­ta­neous. How­ever, what stands out most is Se­h­gal the writer’s abil­ity to tap into a woman’s thought process, lay out a twen­tysome­thing man’s in­se­cu­ri­ties and recog­nise that love sto­ries come with a caveat. The longer they go, the harder it is to keep it fun.

Dhruv Se­h­gal’s vi­gnette on mil­len­nial love gets big­ger and bet­ter in Sea­son 2


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