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Dil Dosti Dilemma review: A sweet teenager drama that minimises the issue of class conflict

Dil Dosti’s Dilemma tells a story of coming of age about making amends with grandparents.

Dil Dosti Dilemma review: A sweet teenager drama that minimises the issue of class conflict

Review Dil Dosti Dilemma: In a time when children, particularly those in cities, are becoming increasingly cut off from their heritage, Dil Dosti’s Dilemma tells a story of coming of age about making amends with grandparents. The seven-episode series, which is set in contemporary Bengaluru, examines two distinct aspects of the city: one is centred on the affluent neighbourhoods, schools, and workplaces, while the other takes viewers to an ageing middle-class neighbourhood that faces the risk of development permanently altering its character. 

Dil Dosti Dilemma Story Plot

Anushka Sen’s character, Asmara, finds herself torn between her personal desires and her family responsibilities. Although adequate, her portrayal lacks the depth necessary to engage the audience fully. Tanvi Azmi and Shishir Sharma, who expertly play Asmara’s grandparents and lend the story warmth and authenticity, are the show’s real jewels.

Though cliched, the main plot, which revolves around Asmara, Tania, and Naina’s interwoven lives, is interesting. Tania and Naina battle their personal issues as Asmara deals with her grandparents. Elisha Mayor’s character, Tania, finds it difficult to deal with her parents’ alleged extramarital affairs. Revathi Pillai’s character, Naina, becomes embroiled in a turbulent relationship with the endearing but cunning Armaan. The three friends’ relationships are depicted authentically, encapsulating the subtleties of loyalty, betrayal, and friendship.

One of the show’s strongest points is its ability to explore relatable themes in the lavishness of its setting. Asmara’s developing friendship with Rukhsana, a friend from childhood, and her journey of self-discovery in her grandparents’ neighbourhood add a personal touch to the story. Kush Jotwani’s portrayal of Farzaan, which Asmara also finds comforting, is convincing. Jotwani’s portrayal radiates charisma and charm, raising the possibility that he could emerge as India’s next big thing.

Dil Dosti Dilemma has flaws, especially in how it represents modern youth culture, even though it succeeds in many other areas. A significant shortcoming is the overly dramatic portrayal of the Gen Z characters, who appear to be completely ignorant of Hindi and who only turn to retail therapy as a coping mechanism for life’s setbacks. The series loses out on a chance to delve deeper into the complex emotional lives of its characters by reducing their emotional complexity to a surface-level fixation with material goods.

Dil Dosti Dilemma explores friendship, love, and identity, and despite its flaws, it manages to resonate with viewers to some extent. The ensemble, especially Tanvi Azmi, Shishir Sharma, and Suhasini Mulay, gives dynamic performances that enhance the film and leave an impression that doesn’t go away.

In conclusion, ‘Dil Dosti Dilemma’ offers an engrossing story set against the backdrop of Bangalore’s elite society. Even though it makes some character development and portrayal mistakes, viewers are nevertheless drawn in by its exploration of universal themes and excellent performances. For those looking for a little Indian drama, it’s still a good choice, even though it might not be perfect.

  • The show is streaming on Prime Video.
  • Director: Debbie Rao
  • Cast: Anushka Sen, Kush Jotwani, Tanvi Azmi, Shishir Sharma, Shruti Seth, Suhasini Mulay, Vishakha Pandey, Revathi Pillai, and Elisha Mayor