Mumbai Diaries Season 2 explores a new tragedy in Mumbai’s history, but its storytelling falters due to a confusing timeline. The series features an ensemble cast including Mohit Raina, Konkana Sen Sharma, and Parambrata Chattopadhyay.
Reviewing content based on real-life tragedies can be emotionally challenging, especially if one has experienced them indirectly. Mumbai Diaries Season 2 delves into the July 26 Mumbai floods, but struggles to connect the narrative dots effectively.
The story revolves around Dr. Kaushik Oberoi (Mohit Raina), who faces a legal case for alleged medical negligence filed by Savita (Sonali Kulkarni), the wife of the slain 26/11 top cop Kelkar. The chaos in Bombay General Hospital intensifies as patients flood in due to the relentless rain. Amidst this turmoil, a foreign delegation, including Saurav Chandra (Parambrata Chattopadhyay), arrives, bringing personal conflicts into the already frenzied hospital environment.
Mumbai Diaries excels in its presentation, weaving together multiple storylines from different parts of the city and converging them at the hospital. While it may not match US medical dramas, its unique approach captivates. The deliberate pace complements the narrative, effectively balancing the flood-related cases with the characters’ personal stories, ensuring one doesn’t overshadow the other.
However, the excessive and unnecessary dialogues can be off-putting. Kaushik isn’t portrayed as the sole hero, allowing other characters to manage the patient influx competently.
The narrative’s main issue lies in its timeline. It shifts from the aftermath of the previous season to the 2005 Mumbai floods and then to the 2017 Elphinstone (now Prabhadevi) railway station footbridge collapse. This chronological inconsistency can confuse viewers and hinder the story’s impact.
Certain scenes appear haphazardly placed. Loose statements about Kaushik’s negligence in the court case add confusion rather than depth to the plot. Shreya Dhanwanthary’s character doesn’t contribute significantly, making her triumph unremarkable.
Mohit Raina shines as the brooding and conflicted Kaushik, while Konkana Sen Sharma’s expressive performance elevates her character. Parambrata Chattopadhyay’s role lacks depth. The supporting cast effectively propels the story forward.
In its second season, Mumbai Diaries captures the struggles and sacrifices of Mumbaikars during another calamity. However, narrative clarity and consistency suffer, impacting the overall experience.