The “Broken but beautiful” series returned with new characters – Agastya and Rumi. The names of the main characters have been so skilfully chosen by the writers that it does catch your attention.
This season lacks the innocence of the previous seasons and personifies the flawed dating life even more.
“Heartbreak and trauma are always there in a relationship, but every time it happens for a reason and helps you learn something in life.”
Rumi, the female protagonist played by Sonia Rathee, is a girl who is born with the luxury of money and power but her life like a spinning wheel shows us different colours of her character, she doesn’t feel loved or appreciated by her stepdad or her mother and thus grows resentment towards her sister which may have been explored further but that’s the only context we get to see. Ishaan, childhood crush of Rumi, a seemingly shallow person considers Rumi as just her friend.
While our male protagonist Agastya played by Siddharth Shukla – a theatre writer, creative but alcoholic, cannot understand the boundaries for women and is seen as violating them in the name of his artistic and creative endeavours. Agastya not only has no respect for women but also is seen as ill-appreciative of his friends who stuck by him in the troublesome times.
Agastya and Rumi get into a causal relationship while she plays the lead character in her play and Agastya falls in love with her slowly, but Rumi’s obsession with Ishaan takes a toll on her and she is seen juggling between both. When Agastya plans to propose to her, in a dramatic sequence of events Ishaan asks her first and she agrees to marry him thinking she loved him.
Rumi and Agastya’s casual relationship ends up with Agastya in the hospital and Rumi married Ishaan.
But soon Rumi’s obsession with Ishaan loses its spark, and she is seen as depressed and in desperate need of love and attention.
“Obsession never ends, it shifts.”
Our male protagonist in the hospital finds another fine lady – Sakshi, with her tragic story of losing her husband by suicide and her young son, makes Agastya forget about Rumi and move on with his life.
Rumi and Agastya meet again but this time Rumi falls for him truly and not as a rebound from Ishaan and tries to woo him despite being married to Ishaan. While we see Agastya as a calm person with her Lady but Rumi’s whims of getting the same love and attention from Agastya makes Sakshi realize she doesn’t feel at all jealous of Rumi and Agastya getting close to each other and thus breaks up with him quoting the same as a reason.
The plot becomes messy and ends with Rumi pregnant and divorced while Agastya continues to explore his dreams.
What could have been better?
Ishaan and Sakshi both are used as a prop in the story, and we never get to hear their side of the story. As an audience, you feel the plotline is forced upon you and is not at all subtle at all, with complex emotions and no context at all. We see the story as a mere drama, and we cannot connect with the characters. The dialogues are good but lose all their charm because the characters lack depth.
Take Away from the series
Obsession isn’t the same as love, we realise instead of chasing someone we should focus on ourselves and what is meant for us will always find us.
“Sometimes what you want is not what you need.”
“Sometimes falling out of love is more empowering than falling in love.”
“Broken doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.”
Writer’s Point of View
Own your past, own your narrative in life, if you are broken you don’t have to stay broken. Love and Relationships can be daunting but don’t feel you are alone in this; it happens with most of us, but the key is to accept the growing nature of your relationships, after all, we are all broken and that’s what makes us more lovable and unique.