Directed by: Akarsh Khurana and Nipun Dharmadhikhari.
Written by: Gazal Dhaliwal
Mismatched is a feel good light hearted rom com based on the 2017 New York Times bestseller When Dimple Met Rishi written by Sandhya Menon. It stars Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha and Vidya Malavade. Watch the trailer here-
A lighthearted romance at its heart
Dimple is a headstrong, career-oriented
stereotype girl. She wants to make apps and become the next Steve Jobs. This is made clear in the trailer itself where she promptly announces mujhe phd karni hai apps banane hai. Later in the show she is shown using HTML tags for java. But hey! This story is not set in Silicon Valley. Besides, Prajakta Koli plays the character with such an endearing quality that you forgive her.
Rohit is… a little creepy? He believes in true love and takes his grandmother’s advice to pursue Dimple by following her to the course in Jaipur. Keep in mind they’re both 17. However, his simplicity and honesty quickly absolve him of his stalker antics and romance begins to bloom.
Each of the episode is told from the perspective of a different student. Namrata is perhaps the most lovable character in the series and has my absolute heart. Rannvijay Singh is also in his element here. He plays the role of the professor like he does his Roadies gig and it is surprisingly effective. He is tough on the outside and can come across as snarky and mean but is actually a big ol softie (uwu).
The other characters are more or less personality traits. There’s the gamer weeb, the bully, the too cool to care professor who actually cares, the social media influencer you get the gist. In of the later episodes while hotgirlTM is doing nerdygirlTM‘s makeup she says kaajal is like pushup bra for you eyes and it’s all worth it.
Obviously adapted from a book
The series is based on a book by Sandhya Menon. This is extremely obvious as most of the characters literally verbalize their thoughts and feelings instead of showing them. The absolute disregard for subtlety is annoying at best and distracting at its worst.
It also seems to have very superficial understanding of what a young person is actually like. The characters are just borderline tropes. The worst offender is our main character Dimple. She has a massive #notlikeothergirls complex. Rohit however seems to be into that so maybe to each their own. If you think about it they’re both annoying and pretentious in their own unique ways. Hence, they are perfect for eachother.
Most of the other characters are cast away once their purpose is fulfilled. Yet, Vidya Malvade makes a lasting impression. She plays a 40 year old widow aiming to restart her life. The scene where she breaks down and talks about her life with Rannvijay’s character is one of the most moving and impactful.
A fun weekend binge
Although heavily inspired by American dramas like Sex Education it works as a fun weekend binge. It is essentially a rom-com and since when have these films been free from a little cringe factor. Although lacking in a few departments it makes up by being beautifully nostalgic. The show owns up to the fact that it is but a simple old school romance drama and that is what works in its favour.
The show is streaming on Netflix. Watch it for the adorable performances from its lead characters and a very dare I say it Daddy looking Rannvijay Singh.