ADULT­ING

India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

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.

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