end of the event, Pushpavalli is smitten, and she takes Nikhil’s telling her “you’re so much fun” as a signal that she needs to make a move.
Like the flawed leading ladies of Greta Gerwig’s Mistress America and Frances Ha, Pushpavalli hasn’t figured out what she wants from life. And like those characters, she may not be likeable, but it’s fascinating to watch her life implode. The series is a showcase for Suresh’s talent as a writer. The show comes alive with the brief but hilarious appearances of the annoying landlady and roomies Tara and Dhrishti, who revel in seeing people get into trouble, and T-Boi, the tea stall owner who spies on Nikhil for Pushpavalli. At times, Suresh overdoes it. But she can be subtle, such as when Pushpavallii goes to see a stand-up comic and ends up becoming the butt of jokes. Suresh not only reveals the vulnerabilities of her heroine but also how easily humour can go wrong.