Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives: All that glamour fails to impress
Cast: Seema Khan, Maheep Kapoor, Bhavana Pandey, Neelam Kothari Soni and others
Showrunner: Uttam Domale
Duration: 8 episodes
Where to Watch?: Netflix
‘Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ is a Indian web series which revolves around the lives of Seema Khan, Maheep Kapoor, Bhavna Pandey, Neelam Kothari, the wives of Bollywood stars Sohail Khan, Sanjay Kapoor, Chunky Pandey and Samir Soni. The series is focused more on their 25-year friendship, professional and personal lives. Viewers witnessed different phases of their lives, over-protective motherhood, fun, lovely families as well as disjointed families, and of course, nepotism.
Karan Johar, mastermind of the series, appears twice in the series.
We get glimpses of La Bal in Paris (a hyped event based on the outdated tradition of introducing young women into high society), their exotic holidays in Doha, ending with Gauri Khan’s amazing bash. Not just these ladies and their families, their extended family members and other friends from Bollywood, namely Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Jacqueline Fernandez, RaveenaTandon Thadani, Ekta Kapoor and others are seen making a splash on the show for various reasons.
The show documents details from November 2019 to February 2020 and many events taking place during this period.
However, despite all the glitz and glamour, the series does not hold the viewers’ attention through all the episodes. This is no ‘Real Housewives’, the popular Hollywood series. No claws are bared, no controversies addressed, no real insights into what really goes on behind the walls of glamour. Just a series of fun, extended parties, vacations of these privileged ladies, the excitement of which wears off after the initial episodes. There is hardly anything here that we haven’t seen in Page 3 of publications and on social media before.
Not surprisingly, Gauri Khan’s bash and a kickass cameo by Shah Rukh Khan were saved for the final episode, which brought in some interest. Sidharth Malhotra, Boney Kapoor and others were part of the bash as well. The last 20 minutes of the season finale is heart-warming and we come to know why Shah Rukh Khan is indeed King Khan, stealing the show with his aura.