hat happens when two twenty-something gal pals live together in Mumbai? In the Dice Media web series Adulting on YouTube, it’s incessant chatter on everything from Bieber and bank balance to food and Instagram followers. Developed by a team of women—writers Ayesha Nair and Maitreyee Upadhyay and director Jessica Sadana —the series has a conversational and candid tone and features mishaps and mistakes that young women can relate to. Ray (Yashaswini R Dayama) and Nikhat (Aisha Ahmed) are just about managing in their tastefully done rented apartment. In episode one Ray figures out ways to make up after she forgets Nikhat’s birthday. In episode two, Nikhat’s mother (Sheeba Chadda) drops by and makes a case that not all parents are bores whose sole agenda is to convince their daughters to get married. Episode three, the last to be released before this article went to press, sees the show adopt more serious subjects—the perils of social media addiction and body image. But it does so in a light-hearted manner as Nikhat’s detox diet goes too far and she craves for more likes and virtual friends.
The breezy sisterhood will remind viewers of American shows Broad City and 2 Broke Girls. Dayama and Ahmed enjoy a camaraderie. Dayama, last seen as Alia Bhatt’s spirited friend in Dear Zindagi, is particularly enthralling with her spontaneity. With women as flawed and sarcastic as those seen in Y-Films’ web series Ladies Room but more believable and less abusive, Adulting will click with the “Netflix and chill” generation. The make-up is a bit excessive, the production design more appropriate for a Dharma film and the product placements too blatant. Nonetheless, Adulting has many charms.