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Broken But Beautiful 3 review: Sidharth Shukla’s OTT debut marred by lacklustre storytelling

What makes a romantic drama nice leisure? It ought to have charismatic leads and a joyful love story, with equal components ardour and pathos. The concept is to look at two individuals assembly one another, falling hopelessly in love and overcome unimaginable odds. This can be a style that’s joyous to expertise — capturing the heady aroma of romance itself. However, while you begin watching the third season of Damaged However Stunning, the AltBalaji collection which has introduced the heart-warming love story of Veer (Vikrant Massey) and Sameera (Harleen Sethi) within the earlier seasons, you miss the heat and happiness.

Damaged However Stunning 3, as you possibly can most likely guess from the title, is about unrequited love. Nevertheless, as a substitute of exploring the fantastic thing about it, the net collection showcases a poisonous relationship between its leads Agastya (Sidharth Shukla) and Rumi (Sonia Rathee). Agastya is a bully, an alcoholic theatre director, and a foul-mouthed hothead. Rumi is a spoilt wealthy brat who has just one function in life: to get her childhood crush Ishaan (Ehan Bhatt) to like her. She showers expletives at ladies in Ishaan’s life, and for her, each lady who comes near him is a b****. When the worlds of those flawed beings collide, you anticipate some fireworks to occur, however a poorly written script comes between them.

Immediately, if you find yourself attending to witness some brilliantly written flawed characters within the likes of Ajeeb Daastaans and Bombay Begums, Rumi and Agastya lack depth. You solely get to know them on the floor. It looks as if writers Shazia Malik and Sharifa Roy didn’t care about their characters or why they need to fall in love; they only put them by way of the motions. And watching them didn’t really feel escapist or enjoyable both – the important side behind this style. The truth is, their intimate moments and their kisses look gross and slimy. For me, a die-hard fan of the style, it was simply unhappy to not be capable of be invested within the characters and their journey.

For the primary 4 episodes, it was tough to distinguish between Agastya of Damaged However Stunning Three and Sidharth Shukla of Bigg Boss. He was precisely the way you watched him in Bigg Boss 13 — conceited, self-centred, ill-mannered and a poisonous man-child. At one level, Rumi calls Agastya “sasta Kabir Singh” and I couldn’t agree extra. The complete journey of Shukla’s character has three heroes of Bollywood dramas stuffed into one, and this isn’t even an exaggeration. He begins as Kabir Singh, then transforms into Jordan of Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and in the end turns into a Zen model of Jab We Met’s Aditya.

Nevertheless, on the subject of efficiency, Shukla has achieved a good job. The blame of not having the ability to join along with his character goes to the writers who didn’t give him sufficient meat to deliver the character alive onscreen. However for his followers, the net collection is a winner as they get to see their ‘superhero’ as they fancy him.

The identical goes for Sonia Rathee. She stays convincing as Rumi for many of the half. She succeeds in bringing that bitter feeling in you for her however once more, you by no means can join along with her.

Sidharth Shukla and Sonia Rathee in a nonetheless from Damaged However Stunning 3.

There’s a particular look of stars of season one and two, Veer (Massey) and Sameera (Sethi), and the second you watch them, the hollowness of Rumi and Agastya’s story hits you even more durable. The hopeless romantic in me would have most popular to re-watch the emotional roller-coaster that was Damaged However Stunning season 1 and a couple of as a substitute of this lifeless love saga .

Nevertheless, one factor that retains you going by way of the ten episodes is the music. Like the primary two seasons, right here too you get some soulful romantic renditions on the most vital junctures within the story. Possibly you possibly can simply benefit from the soulful playlist as a substitute of sitting by way of the lengthy episodes. Kudos to Amaal Mallik, Akhil Sachdeva, Vishal Mishra and Sandman for delivering a long-awaited unique music album.

Moreover, I simply need to know from all of the filmmakers: ‘What’s it with stuffing younger tales with alcoholism and cuss phrases?’ ‘Why are the children stereotyped as alcoholics and bad-mouthed individuals?’ Is that the one method of showcasing ‘trendy’ individuals? Right here too, you received’t ever see the ‘artist’ Agastya and not using a bottle of some low cost liquor. He even drinks the beer shampoo of his girlfriend to ease his ache of heartbreak! Rumi additionally all the time resorts to alcohol when she needs to flee the truth of her life.

On the entire, the romantic souls who have been ready for Damaged However Stunning 3, can return to the earlier two seasons as this one received’t fulfil the need of watching a blissful love story.

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