Mismatched Season 2 is not only back with Dimple, Rishi, and their entire ‘will they won’t they’ narrative but it also dials up the character arcs of the supporting cast.
Netflix Original Mismatched is a story of a diverse group of teenagers who tick checks every box of being a GenZ yet don’t fit into a box. From romance to passion to college politics, the show encapsulates everything a teenager might go through, yet talks about subjects that matter. The first season that aired in 2020 stirred some conversations about love, marriage, beauty standards, being queer, career, ambition, gender equality, and more. And Mismatched Season 2 is back on Netflix after two years, taking ahead those conversations with an honest attempt to create a more profound impact. The show is an adaptation of Sandhya Menon’s 2017 novel, “When Dimple Met Rishi,” and is made into a classic Netflix rom-com show.
With love and relationships being the center of this season and more coffee to spill, there are new stories that brew. The last season ended with a fight between Dimple Ahuja (Prajakta Koli) and Rishi Singh Shekhawat (Rohit Saraf) because Dimple’s app leaked. She thinks it happened because of Rishi. At the same time, Rishi is disheartened to see Dimple passing on his best friend Namrata Bidasaria’s (Devyani Shorey) secret of being queer to her roommate and Namrata’s love interest Celina Matthews (Muskkaan Jaferi). But that’s not it! In the weak moment, Dimple ends up hugging and kissing his team partner Harsh Agarwal (Vihaan Samat). Continuing from the next morning of the big drama, Season 2 sees Dimple and Harsh getting closer and together investigating the one who leaked the app. It’s nice to see Harsh’s character arch developing from just an NRI brat who joined the course to get away from his grandparents and for high-speed download of ‘naughty’ content to now helping Dimple in her efforts to work on the app, supporting her when she gets panic attacks and respects and stand-up for his grandparents in front of his friends. And though I was secretly rooting for Rishi and Dimple to reunite, the way Harsh’s character was cut out of the story made an itch in my heart, and miss him more in the later episodes.
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At the same time, a lot is happening in Rishi’s life, both at home and at college. Amongst the new additions in the Mismatched’s cast, Sanskriti (Sanjana Sarathy) is the new non-date who is not in college but meets Rishi because of the wedding at home. Jugal Hansraj plays the role of Rishi’s father and will have a special appearance in multiple episodes.
Ayesha Duggirala (Dipannita Sharma) is an old student of Siddharth Sinha (Rannvijay Singh) who is there to help the current batch beta-test their apps. Her character comes at the time when Namrata is struggling to face the world for being queer. She too is queer and makes a safe space for Namrata while putting others in place for being queer-phobic. While Celina juggles between losing her friends, keeping the secret, and finding herself, we see Namrata and Ayesha coming closer.
Anmol Malhotra’s (Taaruk Raina) character also goes through an arch in the second season after he hits a batchmate out of anger. Things change for him when he discovers the truth about how Dimple’s app leaked. Krish Katyal (Abhinav Sharma), Simran Malhotra (Kritika Bharadwaj), and Zeenath Karim (Vidya Malvade) are also seen in a new light this season. The story that develops between Krish and Simran does give some fodder to think about what actually matters in this vanity world.
Season 2 holds the burden of carrying forwarding the nostalgia Season 1 created, giving viewers sweet comfort and a trip down memory lane. While Season 1 had too many topics and took each episode to build on each character’s narrative, season 2 is trying to unravel these stories now and bring some closure to the lives of these confused teenagers who are walking on the thin line between love and career.
While the show seems to be taking the overdramatic route at some point, Dimple’s vulnerability, Rishi’s cute smile, and Harsh’s accent contribute to the comfort and warmth that made us watch this show in the first place. In all, it’s a cute show with Netflix Original rom-com written all over it.
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