What is the story about?
Based on Manju Kapoor's eponymous novel, The Married Woman is based on Aastha (Ridhi Dogra) feels ignored by her husband, Hemant (Suhaas Ahuja) as the couple soon grow apart after few years of marriage. She soon grows close to her new colleague, Eijaz (Imaad Shah) at the college she teaches, but he too doesn't reciprocate her feelings. He dies and she soon finds herself drawn to his wife, Piplika (Monica Dogra). Set in the midst of the civil riots in the 90s, Piplika and Aastha soon realize that they must fight the society and patriarchy to be together.
Bollywood has often touched upon the subject of the bored and ignored housewife finding love outside of marriage. Be it Murder, Fire, Astitva, or even Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, extra-marital affairs have been explored in Bollywood. But it is the treatment given to this subject that matters. The Married Woman too, explores sexuality and extra-marital affairs set in a conventional Indian household. It is definitely the case of an old stereotype being retold in a different way, but the dichotomy of Aastha's character is what makes it a must-watch. The movie Fire was met with a lot of flak when it was released 2 decades ago, but hoping that the newer generation accepts The Married Woman wholeheartedly. While some of the movies mentioned seem unrelatable, The Married Woman is able to strike a chord with the audience.
Riddhi Dogra and Monica Dogra are the stars of the series. They carry the series on their shoulders with their superior acting chops. They display vulnerability and sensuality with a lot of finesse and completely seamlessly. The supporting cast includes Imaad Shah and Suhaas Ahuja, who too play their parts well.
Music & Other Departments
There are few tracks that play along the course of the series, which are interesting. The production quality is top-notch and so is the cinematography. The set designs will make you take a trip down memory lane as they bring the 90s back to life. There has to be a special mention for director Sahir Mirza, who has brought a book based on a sensitive topic to life onscreen with a lot of candor.
Watch it for the superior chemistry between Riddhi Dogra and Monica Dogra.
The story isn't new, that would perhaps make people not indulge in it.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. I loved it. It is not a big series, but it is totally binge-worthy.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, please watch it this women's day or whenever you get a chance to see how women battled it out against society and patriarchy in the 90s.