Mumbai Diaries Season 2 :  Review, Crowded and busy sets fail to impress 

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Mumbai Diaries Season 2 : Mohit Raina-Konkona If the first season of  Sen Sharma’s show was rushed, this time it is hysterical and boring. Only the quietest moments work.  

I had high expectations for the new season of Mumbai Diaries because the first one did so well. Against the backdrop of the 26/11 attacks, it resembled the story of one of India’s worst terror attacks, a government-run public hospital and its  doctors doing what they do best: saving lives. with great probability. 

Season 2 (eight episodes, 45-50 minutes each), also by Nikkhil Advani and his team, didn’t do it for me. Most of the dramatised are back and this time the crisis they face is based on the Mumbai floods of 2005 that brought the city that never sleeps to a standstill. More than a thousand people died. Amid the death and destruction, there were also hundreds of stories of hope and a city coming together to save its own: a flood in the fictional Bombay General Hospital is part of the story, but  the chaos outside in the dimly lit corridors doesn’t join. as an impressive whole. 

Dr. Kaushik Oberoi (Mohit Raina) considers a  case that questions not only his qualifications but also his patriotism; his pregnant wife (Tina Desai) is  happy and scared about the new addition to the family. TV reporter Mansi Hirani (Shreya Dhanwantry) is busy taping the nails of Oberoi’s coffin, unaware that he will soon  see the light of day. In the murky bowels of the hospital, social service manager Dr. Chitra Das (Konkona Sen Sharma) has to face the ghosts of her past, even as  nurse Cherian (Balaji Gauri) raps orders in her crazy but effective way. and  hospital director Dr. Subramaniam (Prakash Belawadi) tries to hold it all together, delivering a lecture here and a homily there. Trainees Sujata, Diya and Ahaan (Mrunmayee Deshpande, Natasha Bharadwaj, Satyajeet Dubey) oscillate from one crisis to another, hollow-eyed with exhaustion. And  the fear of an outbreak of infectious disease is there, but  never realised. 

A burn case takes time. The victim is scarred not only in body but also in  soul. Or is it him? Saving a potentially abused child is confusing. An abusive husband lurks just waiting to pounce on his petrified wife. An evil wallet is roaming around and threatening everyone. All these threads like Parambrata Chattopadhyaya and Sanjay Narvekar  add to the chaos. Somehow that worked in the show’s favour in the first season. This time  everything seems too crowded and busy; instead of urgency, there is increased hysteria and anxiety. The moments that work are quieter,  the characters talk to each other, not to each other, but they are few and far between. 

Mumbai Diaries Season 2 Cast: Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Prakash Belawadi, Shreya Dhanwantry, Tina Desai, Balaji Gauri, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Natasha Bharadwaj, Satyajeet Dubey 

Mumbai Diaries Season 2 Director: Nikkhil Advani

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