Gals Like Us

India Today - - LEISURE - —Suhani Singh

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.

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