Gals Like Us
Centred on three roommates sharing a flat in Mumbai, PA-Gals, on The Viral Fever’s Girliyappa channel, added a Friends-esque sitcom to the thicket of web series about young, urban Indian women (Girl in the City, The Trip, Adulting, et al).
But the recent second season lacks the punch of the first three episode run, largely because the wry Disha (Prajakta Koli) has been replaced by a new character, Wiki (Akanksha Thakur), who lacks the same wit.
Focused on the kind of petty household conflicts and misunderstandings that have long been the bill of fare for sitcoms, PA-Gals is still watchable in short bursts (each episode is 15 minutes), thanks to the returning roommates Sonali (Ronjini Chakraborty) and Mamta (Srishti Shrivastava). Billed as the ‘desi Monica Geller’, Sonalithe-Bong is still the big boss of the house while Mamta is juggling her preoccupation with social media with her efforts to stand up to Sonali.
Shrivastava and Chakraborty never miss a beat portraying their quirky characters. But with no real sexuality or attention to real-world concerns (what do the gals do to make a living?), the series leaves you thinking it could have been much more.