Made in Heaven (TV series)
|Made In Heaven|
|Written by||Reema Kagti|
|Directed by||Nitya Mehra|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Excel Entertainment|
|Original network||Amazon Video|
|Original release||8 March 2019 –|
Made In Heaven is a 2019 Indian drama web television series that premiered on Amazon Video on 8 March 2019. Produced by Excel Entertainment, the series chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan, two wedding planners in Delhi running an agency named Made in Heaven. The series is Amazon Video’s fourth fictional Indian original series and stars Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, and Shivani Raghuvanshi.
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti created the show, and they wrote it with Alankrita Shrivastava. Akhtar, Shrivastava, Nitya Mehra, and Prashant Nair served as directors for the nine-episodes of the first season. Work on the second season began in April 2019.
Made in Heaven portrays today’s India as a potent blend of old and new where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of Big Fat Indian Weddings juxtaposed against the story of the two protagonists. It is a telling story about human nature and greater social dynamics in Delhi.
- Arjun Mathur as Karan Mehra
- Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara Khanna
- Kalki Koechlin as Faiza Naqvi
- Jim Sarbh as Adil Khanna
- Shashank Arora as Kabir Basrai
- Shivani Raghuvanshi as Jaspreet "Jazz" Kaur
- Neel Madhav as Arjun Mehra
- Vijay Raaz as Jauhari
- Zachary Coffin as Adam
- Natasha Singh as Shibani Bagchi
- Vinay Pathak as Ramesh Gupta
- Dalip Tahil as Kishore Khanna
- Yashaswini Dayama as Mitali Gupta
- Manini Mishra as Vimala Singh
- Ayesha Raza as Renu Gupta
- Suchitra Pillai as Mani Pandey
- Denzil Smith as Mr Swarup
- Saket Sharma as young Karan 
- Shalva Kinjawadekar as young Nawab
- Siddharth Bhardwaj as Inspector Chauhan
- Ankur Rathee as Sam
- Deepti Naval as Gayatri Mathur
- Rahul Vohra as Bijoy Chatterjee
- Purnendu Bhattacharya as Raghvendra Roshan
- Neena Gupta as Veenu Roshan
- Pavail Gulati as Angad Roshan
- Aditi Joshi as Aliya Saxena
- Pulkit Samrat as Sarfaraz Khan
- Manjot Singh as Joginder Sethi
- Dalai as Harsimran Mann
- Ravish Desai as Vishal Shrivastava
- Shweta Tripathi as Priyanka Mishra
- Preetika Chawla as Geetanjali Sinha
- Shishir Sharma as Mr. Sinha
- Dhairya Karwa as Samar Ranawat
- Rajnish Jaiswal as Jeet Gill
- Yaaneea Bharadwaj as Sukhmani Sadana
- Tanmay Dhamania as Nikhil Swarup
- Amrita Puri as Devyani Singh
- Maanvi Gagroo as Tarana Ali
- Vijay Gupta as Khalil Ansari
- Trisha Kale as Asma Ansari
- Anhad Singh as Utsav
- Rasika Dugal as Nutan Yadav
- Siddharth Menon as John Matthew
- Vikrant Massey as Nawab Khan
- Anjum Sharma as Vishal Singh
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"All That Glitters Is Gold"||Zoya Akhtar||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|2||"Star Struck Lovers"||Zoya Akhtar||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Things get ugly when the film star Sarfaraz Khan kisses the bride Harsimran at one of the wedding events. The groom Joginder is livid and tries to clobber him with a hockey forcing Khan to lock himself in his hotel room. Joginder’s parents eventually step in to defuse the situation. Tara and Karan then find out that Harsimran also slept with Khan that night. However, they are able to delete the footage from the hotel cameras before anyone else can find out. Jazz gets into trouble for sharing pictures from the wedding on her Facebook page. But she makes up for it by helping Joginder and Harsimran make up. Tara convinces Harsimran to pray at Joginder’s gurduwara and cook prasad for him. They eventually reconcile and the wedding goes off without a hitch. Meanwhile, Tara suspects Adil of having an affair. She confides in Faiza who tells her she’s just imagining things. The end of the episode reveals that Adil is having an affair with Faiza.|
|3||"It's Never Too Late"||Nitya Mehra||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Tara and Karan organize the wedding of an elderly couple Gayatri Mathur and Bijoy Chatterjee. Mathur’s children disapprove of the marriage and initially refuse to attend the wedding. However, Karan manages to bring them around in the end. Meanwhile Karan finds out that the groom for the other wedding they are organizing is a former lover. He eventually tells the bride, Bubbles who asks him not to tell anyone else. Flashbacks reveal Tara’s lower middle class background before she married into the Khanna family. Karan tells a friend about his previous business venture which failed. His mother forced his father to rescue him financially. He then borrowed money from the street to start Made in Heaven and is currently paying off heavy debt. Adil and Faiza have an accident on the way home from a clandestine trip.|
|4||"The Price of Love"||Nitya Mehra||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Tara finds out about the affair when Adil and Faiza are hospitalized after their car accident. Nevertheless, she agrees to donate blood to Faiza whose condition is critical at the time. Tara and Karan lose the contract for Bubbles’ wedding when she decides to go with another company. The financial strain forces Karan to agree to organizing a wedding in Ludhiana for a friend. Meanwhile Made in Heaven plans the wedding of an IAS officer Vishal and his fiancé Priyanka. On the day of the wedding Vishal’s seemingly progressive parents demand a huge dowry and threaten to cancel the wedding if refused. Priyanka’s father reluctantly agrees but asks Tara and Karan to keep this from Priyanka. Tara agrees but later tells Priyanka everything just before the pheras start. Priyanka confronts Vishal and realizes that he was in on the whole plan. She dumps him and walks away from the wedding. Tara confronts Adil about his affair. He apologizes and promises to make things right. But she pushes him away and walks off. Jazz uses the company’s credit card to buy fancy clothes for herself. She plans to return them but Shibani finds out and tells Karan who fires Jazz. Karan hooks up with someone he meets at a bar. Unbeknown to him, his landlord has installed a camera in his room and secretly watches them make love.|
|5||"A Marriage of Convenience"||Prashant Nair||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Made in Heaven organizes a wedding in Ludhinana for an NRI groom who holds a contest to choose a local bride. The bride finds out that the groom is impotent on their wedding night. Afraid of the stigma associated with the dissolution of marriage, she decides to move to America anyway. Jazz’s drug addict brother steals money and jewelry from their mother and disappears. Jazz eventually finds him and brings him home. Karan’s landlord’s wife finds videos of Karan on her husband’s laptop. He tells her he was gathering evidence to file a police report when she confronts him. Karan is arrested at the end of the episode.|
|6||"Something Old, Something New"||Prashant Nair||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Karan spends a couple of nights in prison where he is sexually assaulted by a police officer. Tara eventually manages to bail him out. He decides to move back to his rented place and sue the landlord. Made In Heaven arranges the wedding of Gitanjali, a banker and Wharton graduate with Nikhil, an NRI doctor. An astrologer claims that Gitanjali is mangalik and must marry a tree first to defuse any ill luck. Gitanjali agrees but Nikhil freaks out when she tells him. He reasons with Gitanjali and she pretends to agree with him. Later she goes through with the tree marriage ceremony behind his back. Shibani leaves the company and joins Harmony Weddings. Adil undergoes some medical tests and learns that he has a low sperm count. Tara convinces him to take the supplements prescribed by the doctor. He visits Faiza but she tells him that she cannot be with him. Tara has been ignoring Faiza’s calls. She eventually goes to her house and trashes the place in anger. Karan’s landlord apologizes to him and reveals that he too is gay and has been hiding it all his life.|
|7||"A Royal Affair"||Nitya Mehra||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|8||"Pride and Bridezilla"||Alankrita Shrivastava||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|9||"The Great Escape"||Alankrita Shrivastava||Alankrita Shrivastava, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti||8 March 2019|
|Karan and Tara work on the wedding of two major warring political parties, looking to consolidate their power through a marriage between the son and daughter of party leaders. Unfortunately for them - the daughter of one of the leaders is already in love with someone from college, whom she has been in a relationship with for several years. Out of fear of her parents, she relents to this political marriage. However, once Karan and Tara learn about her situation, they decide to help her escape from this forced relationship. Additionally, they learn that this bride-to-be's elder sister was killed by her own parents with a pretense of suicide as her sister defied her parents in loving a man they didn't approve off (after her boyfriend was killed by them). With elaborate planning, they remove the girl from her fortified house the day before marriage. She ends up marrying her boyfriend in a church and tells the media - that if she or her husband die, blame lies on her parents for conspiring against them. Meanwhile - both Karan and Tara face their own personal struggles and attempt to resolve them. With Karan - he confronts his own ghosts of hiding his homosexuality when he gets a Facebook message from Iqbal supporting his fight for LGBTQ equality. Viewers are showed in a flashback - Karan's first crush is his school mate Iqbal, which seems to be exposed in a gym locker amongst his friends when Iqbal's written love note for Karan is found by them. When Karan is confronted by his friends, he states that Iqbal is trying to impose his homosexuality on him and then leads a homophobic attack on Iqbal, terrorizing him. This causes Iqbal to leave school with Karan guilt ridden for being the aggressor against him. Bringing this memory to light, Karan meets up with Iqbal, who is now married. Karan apologizes to Iqbal and then two engage in a passionate night of sexual intercourse that never materialized when they were teenagers with mutual affection. Karan shares his emotional vulnerability with him and tells Iqbal that he is the first true love of his. Iqbal forgives him and the two continue to bond. With Tara - she participates in an intimate small dinner party with her husband and in-laws. During the dinner, Adil continues to get repeated phone calls from Faiza, that he eventually picks up. Upon his return, Tara publicly confronts him about this and then privately both fight about their broken relationship. Tara laments her relationship with him and regrets having a deceitful start to their relationship. It is shown in a flashback that Tara intentionally engaged in sex with Adil in his office to have it recorded. It was she who stealthily stole the recording and leaked him - using it as a means to get closer to Adil, break his engagement and allow herself to enter his rich lifestyle by being his wife. With this broken relationship, she realizes that she is paying the sins of breaking his previous relationship. With deep remorse and shame, she leaves the mansion and meets up with Karan in their office. They discover that it has been vandalized by extremist right-wing groups. Both Karan and Tara laugh at their tragedy and feel satisfied that they can re-start their new lives with the expensive jewelry that Tara brought with her.|
Promotion and release
The show has received largely positive reviews with several critics and online reviews praising the series' dark take on the Big Fat Indian Wedding. Soumya Srivastava of Hindustan Times gave Made In Heaven four stars out of five, terming it the best desi original by Amazon Prime. Srivastava opines that Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s new show will keep you hooked. Sanjukta Sharma of Scroll.in praised the performances, writing, "...performances, especially by Mathur and Dhulipala, engagingly and steadfastly chart a convincing trajectory of early struggles, promise, dysfunction, despair and uplifting resignation. The show's costumes received major acclaim as well with fashion critic, Shivani Yadav doing a complete episode-by-episode analysis on her blog Critic Corner." 
|Made in Heaven|
|Soundtrack album by |
Sagar Desai, Dub Sharma, Balkrishan Sharma and Sherry Mathews
|Released||1 March 2019|
|Genre||Prime Original Tv Series Soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music for Amazon Music|
The music is composed by Sagar Desai, Dub Sharma, Balkrishan Sharma and Sherry Mathews. Songs are rendered by Rituraj, Farad Bhiwandiwala and Viba Saraf. Qawwali "Aye re sakhi more piya ghar aaye" is rendered by M S Nizami Brothers and chorus "Perfect Love" by Aadya Jaswal, Avika Diwan and Mehak Sanghera. Lyrics for "Jiya Jaye" and "Musafir" have been written by Amanda Sodhi.
|1.||"Aye re sakhi more piya ghar aaye"||M S Nizami Brothers||6:19|
|2.||"Jiya jaye"||Rituraj Mohanty||2:17|
|6.||"Perfect Love"||Aadya Jaswal, Avika Diwan and Mehak Sanghera||2:25|
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