Streaming Platform: Netflix
Release Date: 20 November 2020
Genre: Romantic comedy
Based on: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Written by: Gazal Dhaliwal
Directed by: Akarsh Khurana, Nipun Dharmadhikari
Starring: Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha, Vidya Malavade, and others
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Cinematography: Avinash Arun, Milind Jog
Editor: Sanyukta Kaza, Namrata Rao
Mismatched is one of the latest Indian web series released on Netflix today. Starring Prajakta Koli and Rohit Saraf in the lead roles, the series is based on Sandhya Menon’s book When Dimple Met Rishi. Amidst the huge buzz, the first season of the series, with six episodes released today.
Rishi Singh Shekhawat (Rohit Saraf) joins an app course to get connected to the girl Dimple Ahuja (Prajakta Koli). Rishi meets a setback in his first meeting with Dimple. Eventually, he builds a bond with Dimple. On the other hand, their classmates struggle to get in terms of their insecurities. All of them are assigned to develop different apps. The drama weaved around these characters forms the series’ plot.
Actors & Performances:
The series heavily weaved around the characters Rishi and Dimple. Prajakta Koli plays the role of Dimple and Rohit Saraf plays Rishi. The chemistry between them both worked out well. They make a very good pair. Rishi is too good in emotional scenes and Prajakta has played a strong girl with ambitions. Vidya Malavade is good as a 41-year-old Zeenat Karim, trying to mingle with the millennials. Vihaan Samat is impressive in the role of Harsh Agarwal. His transformation from a posh guy to a caring person is good. Taaruk Rain is loud as Anmol but he is passable. Devyani Shorey’s screen presence is too good. She played the role of Namratha. Muskkaan Jaferi played the role of Celina Matthews that has dual variations. Kritika Bharadwaj played the role of Simran and it is a regular character. The rest of the cast made their presence felt. One character that standout is Professor Siddharth Sinha, played by Rannvijay Singha. Rannvijay looked authentic and convincing. His quirky attitude is a huge plus point.
Mismatched is a six-episode series spread through different characters. The best part of the series is that the show creators do not waste any time in establishing the characters and the conflicts. The first episode of the series gives the perfect introduction to the characters and their worlds. Rishi and Dimple are poles apart in terms of personality and their thought process. While Rishi wants to get married soon, Dimple wants to eliminate the topic of marriage from her life.
Usually, every episode begins with a conflict and gets resolved by the end of it. But in Mismatched, the story goes in different directions and won’t stay with the leads alone. After successfully introducing the setup, the show creators focus on the conflicts and individual stories of the supporting cast. The major problem arises as the series runs through the insecurities of the supporting cast and the app designing episodes. The app-designing track generates fun but as it does not help the main theme.
It looks like the app designing track is created just for the sake of creating it. Replacing it with something else would not change the essence of the story. Had the show creators focused more on driving the plot by exploring the relationships of the leads and the supporting cast, it would have been an engaging watch.
The plus points of the series are the performances from the actors, the subtle humor, and the music. The camera work is good. The night scenes are showcased pretty well in the series.
On the whole, Mismatched is a feel-good series but offers nothing new.