What is the story about?
The second season follows the adventures of Jo, Richa, Mili and Zahira in the Dental girls' hostel at SVM University in Pune, as they struggle to bring about change for the greater good. But will they keep their equilibrium intact?
TVF's school/college dramedies have been a staple of pop culture in India over the past few years, and to their credit, no other creator transcends geographical and linguistic barriers in their depiction of interpersonal dynamics in this space as well as they do. However, these dramedies are, more often than not, concerned with life inside the campus. This is where Girls Hostel 2.0 falls into the trap of familiarity. In its first season, the humour and writing was on point, and the performances were believable. Here, in spite of decent performances, you keep yearning for this show to delve more into other issues women have to face outside the campus. While eve-teasing is only barely touched upon, it only serves as a filler for the union elections, which provide some of the most drab portions in the show. You wish the makers had been more adventurous and gone into darker territory, instead of playing it safe. Overall, it's a passable season.
The performances are decent. Srishti Shrivastava, Ahsaas Channa, Parul Gulati and Simran Natekar keep the camaraderie alive in the roles of the four leads. Shreya Mehta suitably glowers as bete-noire Ramya. But it's the senior actresses who provide the surprises. Trupti Khamkar is wonderful as the Warden who becomes supportive in the second half, while Jayati Bhatia's Dean intriguingly shifts from being submissively pacifist to overtly manipulative.
Music & Other Departments
TVF veteran Vaibhav Bundhoo does an okay job with the background score.
The opening episode of the season, ending with that riduculously-raucous cliffhanger, is neatly done.
The portions in the middle talking about the elections feel just out of place, and considerably drag down the narrative.
Did I enjoy it?
I found it okay.
Do I recommend it?
You can watch it if you like the first season. Don't expect anything life-changing, though.