Relationships are difficult. Marriage isn’t easy. And sometimes, even with the best of relationships, roadblocks are encountered. In the case of Nitya and Vikram’s marriage, a misunderstanding leads to betrayal, causing the couple to divorce. Can love overcome feelings of betrayal? It boils down to one question: Is love enough? Does time heal all? Or is closure necessary before the healing process can truly begin? The nature of relationships after betrayal is explored in Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala – and effectively so.
To read the review on the first 7 episodes of the show, please click here.
The second segment of episodes, episodes 8 – 10, are a mixed bag. Episodes 9 and 10 are the weakest part of the show. These episodes would be the chunk that could be called “filler episodes.” While a couple of major incidents do happen to propel the story along, unfortunately this is where the episodes go slightly haywire. Nitya (Divyanka Tripathi) behaves in a manner that feels completely out of character and also indulges in behavior that seems unlike the way she would behave. Earlier in the season, Karan (Priyanshu Chatterjee) cracks several jokes about Nitya’s quiet life, her lack of adventure, her introverted nature and her dead sex life. However, when Gauri is going through a hard time, Nitya springs to her “plan B” after drowning in ice cream doesn’t work – going clubbing, making it seem as though Nitya indulges in this regularly. The overacting in this scene and the unnatural feel does not sit well with the audience and of course, the coincidence of Vikram (Rajeev Khandelwal) being there is an even greater stretch of the imagination. Adding to this, considering Nitya’s past heartbreak with Vikram and her constant grief seeing him, a pain that stems from their past, the last thing viewers would expect from Nitya was an agreeable answer to go on a date with Karan when asked. And while some may excuse it as “revenge,” Nitya and Karan’s friendship has been one of kindness and respect and it’s unexpected of Nitya to use Karan as a pawn against Vikram. However, episode 8 is one of the strongest episodes in the show, Divyanka Tripathi really knocking the emotional quotient out of the park with her expressions and dialogue delivery. The pain of betrayal and the immense feelings of guilt that accompany the knowledge of severely hurting someone you love are two difficult things to portray well – but Divyanka and Rajeev ace it, making the audience feel each and every situation.
Fortunately for viewers (and the show), the last segment of episodes more than make up for the temporary glitch in the emotional connection with the show. Episode 11 focuses on the aftermath of a one-night stand, while episode 12 wraps up the loose ends of the show in a highly emotional, yet realistic way. Love isn’t always easy and despite the heavy emotional ties, sometimes it just isn’t enough – at least in that moment. While season one finally brings closure to both Nitya and Vikram, the show does not rush to push Vikram and Nitya towards the “we are in love” finish line. Rather, it takes a more natural course, one that eases both the viewer and the characters into a more comfortable space, allowing Nitya and Vikram the time to trust each other once again and respect each other. Sometimes trust and respect are the necessary components to change a relationship into love – and this is exactly what has been lacking in Nitya and Vikram’s relationship post-divorce.
The performances in the show have already been raved about, but it has to be said that without the emotional intensity in Rajeev Khandelwal’s acting, Vikram would not be as endearing as he is. Whether his depiction of a Bhojpuri immature young husband or his growth into chef Vikram, Rajeev hits all the right notes, making Vikram’s transition believable. Rajeev’s performance highlight is a sequence when he finally sees a picture of his son, a scene that sticks with the viewer. Vikram’s past mistakes and his vulnerability in acknowledging them make him lovable and the credit goes to Rajeev. Likewise, Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is the character viewers will empathize with most. Whether it’s her intense love for Vikram or her inability to trust based on her past experiences, even when viewers find themselves screaming “NO! Just talk to him!”, her actions (other than the second sequence of episodes) are relatable and understandable, both emotionally and psychologically. The scene when Nitya confronts Seema (Barkha Bisht) for her betrayal is especially heart-wrenching.
Overall, the show has managed to rope the viewer in and allowed for an emotional connection to the characters, which is a huge plus point for any show. Telling an interesting story, this is a must-watch for those who love watching realistic love stories that follow a natural path. It’s also a plus point that the ending leaves room for a potential season 2 of Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala. Here’s hoping that Ekta Kapoor, Rajeev Khandelwal, Divyanka Tripathi and the entire team of the show bring the series back for another round, letting the audience further explore Vikram and Nitya’s lives, love and, hopefully, laughter.