What is the story about?
As COVID-19 hits India, the staff and students of Anandi Bai Joshi Medical College deal with the fallout of fighting a virus for which no cure has been made. Nishant, Huma and Sakshi navigate the hectic life of medical college, even as they fight their own battles.
It's uncomfortable to sit through a series with COVID-19 at the heart of the story, right when there's a mad rush for vaccines and medicines in India due to a second wave. There are moments in Operation MBBS S2 where the danger hits home harder. Understandably, releasing a show on the medical fraternity right now could have seemed like a cruel joke. However, the makers come up with a surprisingly great season that focus on the travails India's doctors have to tackle in the line of duty--government apathy, social media ire, the angst of news channels desperate for "breaking news", and, above all, a population in the throes of panic--without taking the focus away from its three spunky protagonists. Nishant, Sakshi and Huma may not be greenhorns anymore, but this new year becomes a roller-coaster of emotions for them, as they come of age fighting their own fears, and then are faced with the threat of mortality. At a time when the country is panicking again, hope is sorely needed, and this series provides some succour towards that end.
The performances are first-rate. Anshul Chauhan's Sakshi is credible as the student who fights with a righteous zeal, and then realizes she may have erred grievously. Ayush Mehra's Nishant is a victim of targeted bullying from the beginning, but the way he stands his ground in the season finale is admirable. Geetanjali Kulkarni lends poise and dignity to her role as the embattled Dean who has to fight everyone from the media to politicians in order to keep the hospital running during the pandemic. Aditi Sanwal is delightful as Lata. Sushant Shetty impresses as psychiatry resident Yash. But it is Sarah Hashmi's Huma who shines in a particularly difficult turn, battling anxiety and depression throughout the season.
Music & Other Departments
The background score and cinematography are done well.
The portions showing the doctors struggling to care for the COVID-19 patients are extremely hard to watch, considering there's a fresh wave of cases happening in real life. Yet, the urgency and chaos of the situations are realistically filmed.
The product placements act as speed-breakers in the emotionally-charged narrative.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Yes. It will leave you moved and content by the end.