Mentalhood review: Lessons on good parenting, Ekta Kapoor-style

ALTBalaji’s latest offering Mentalhood focuses on imperfections, insecurities, mistakes and doubts of a mother. They are competitive. This is how Indian mothers were presented on celluloid in the 80s and 90s. šŸ“£ The Indian Express is now on Telegram. But now, creators of TV shows and films are pushing past one-dimensional portraits of mothers to delve into their realistic side. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. Karisma Kapoor and Dino Morea (playing a single parent) get better at their job with each episode. They put the pressure of their dreams on their children. Meira’s quotes from her blog at the end of the episodes can be compiled into a how-to-manual and handed over to new parents. Ā© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd


Ekta Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor

Sandhya Mridul

Shruti Seth Idealistic. Sample these pearls of wisdom – “Bullies are weakest people, the best way to deal with them is inner strength”, “Gender Fluidity: a child gives birth to a mother and a father” and “Emotional insecurity and competitiveness are epidemics which have no solution.” Now, if the makers have actually taken them out of a parenting guidebook, I can’t be sure. But in their quest of perfection, their imperfections show. Karisma Kapoor in Mentalhood. Meira Sharma (Karisma Kapoor), Anuja Joshi (Sandhya Mridul), Preeti Khosla (Tillotama Shome), Deeksha Shah (Shruti Seth), Namrata (Shilpa Shukla) are the mothers who seem to be in a race. A race to become the best parent. The moms of Mentalhood take their own sweet time in getting you interested in their stories. If you survive the first three below average, poorly performed episodes, you will manage to get through the rest of the episodes. And, all of this while being under the gaze of a society which easily blames everything wrong with a child on the mother. The ones who deliver the goods are Sanjay Suri, Shilpa Shukla, Tillotama Shome, Sandhya Mridul and Shruti Seth. They spy on their kids. In all, Mentalhood is a show by mothers and for mothers. It tries to weave in relationship struggles and identity crisis, but at its core, Mentalhood remains a show that gives lessons on good parenting. Mentalhood is a depiction of modern mothers who are trying to get to the end of the day without going completely insane. At times, it includes the perspective of fathers as well but mostly portrays them as irresponsible beings. Written by Arushi Jain
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Published: March 12, 2020 4:07:07 pm

Mentalhood is streaming on ZEE5 and AltBalaji. Where the show stumbles is in its performances. Pure. It shows that being a mother is never easy no matter if you are a work-from-home mommy, a full time working mommy or a stay-at-home mommy. The show tackles several problems of a mommy – the dissonance between loving your children unconditionally and fulfilling their demands, choosing between dreams and responsibilities as a parent and taking a break from children before you lose whatever sanity is left. Like every web series of ALTBalaji, Mentalhood too keeps you waiting for it to get better. It is a step forward in the onscreen representation of mothers. Dutiful. However, as the episodes unfold, the show becomes a guidebook on motherhood and parenting. Sandhya Mridul in Mentalhood.