The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Review

The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives derails its focus from reality to superficial enactments.

Sajid Ali -

The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives Review
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What is the story about?

It’s a new Indian reality show from Netflix and Dharmatic that focuses on the personal and professional lives of the four high-profile Bollywood wives, Neelam Kothari, Maheep Kapoor, Bhavana Pandey, and Seema Khan.


Reality shows are mostly for the time when you want to have some good laugh looking at the misery of others or indulge yourself in the madness they’re trying to experience; basically, trash TV that one may put it across in a sweet way as “comfort-food” of the TV shows. This new reality show from the house of Dharmatic (Karan Johar’s OTT Wing) for Netflix focuses on the personal and professional lives of  four “Bollywood Wives,” Neelam Kothari (Spouse: Samir Soni), Maheep Kapoor (Spouse: Sanjay Kapoor), Bhavna Pandey (Spouse: Chunky Pandey) and Seema Khan (Spouse: Sohail Khan).

The title itself explanatory and you know what you’re getting into by binging this reality show. Little did we know it hit plunges into utter self-humility? I kept wondering the entire time why are they behaving like it’s very cool to make fun of yourself when society already has a misconception about celebrity lives. Instead of bringing out the strong quotient in how hard it is to manage ones’ life when you’re married into a family that is always in the limelight. Instead of showing how strong their better halves are leading a fabulous life while they’re thriving to keep up the image should’ve been the USP of the show but the show was more into the superficial things that are usually the misconception of the people. Even if you argue this is all to their lives, then I feel it was a wrong move to have brought down their guard on the world’s leading OTT platform.

The central cast on the focus on this show had one well-established actor Neelam Kothari is definitely not a Bollywood wife. She’s been a great actress in her prime and has made a mark for herself and casting her as a Bollywood wife and bringing down her integrity was something I didn’t expect it. There were many Bollywood wives missing from the show, who the audience would’ve appreciated.

Well, I appreciate the great bonding and friendship between the central cast of the reality show, but when you watch them on screen it seemed a bit forced on several occasions. And that accent, I’m still trying to contemplate the origin of it. Among the lot, Maheep Kapoor seemed feisty and had the zest for a reality show. But the episode when Karan Johar makes a cameo self-critiquing the show was absurd. What point was he trying to make, I’m trying to wrap my head around it. That being said, as fabulous the lives are the reality show doesn’t shine as it should’ve.


The making was lavish and once again after Indian Matchmaking, Netflix has gone all out with the production value. It’s as good as a pricey Bollywood film. The cinematography and editing were amazing so was the music and background score. They really set the mood and make the show bearable.

The main highlight of the show is the cameo of Shahrukh Khan & Gauri Khan in one of the episodes that really made the entire affair a laudable one. They really breathed some life into the show and it was fun watching that episode.


The makers totally deviated from the concept of the show and were busy packaging it with the glitz and glamorous life of the rich and famous.

Did I enjoy it?

Not entirely. I did enjoy a few aspects of the show and it manages to sail through.

Do I recommend it?

If you’re someone who enjoys reality shows then you’ll love it. But it’s not anything like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” as the show intends to be.

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