Eternally Confused and Eager for Love is a profound and spicy Netflix Sitcom co produced by Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar. It is a coming of age multi-part Indian series directed and created by the talented Rahul Nair. Eternally Confused and Eager for Love is based on a socially anxious, awkward and self loathing Ray, played by Vihaan Samat, who is so well settled in the skin of the character that it seems that as audience, we will be remembering Vihaant as the boy who struggled with dating and love for a long time. The series runs around the loveless life of Ray, his struggle with dating apps, texting and even talking to girls he finds attractive and his alter ego, an imaginary wiz voiced by the mighty talented Jim Sarbh. He barely has friends, two to count, a school friend, Ria (Dalai), and an alpha co-worker, Varun, but played by Ankur Rathee. We see Ray comfortable around only these two people. While his friends are helpful and suggestive with texting and dating apps, Ray’s parents played by Rahul Bose and Suchitra Pillai are hell bent on figuring their only son out and being his wingman and wing women. It is both heart warming and hilariously awkward to watch the two modern parenting their child’s love life, get him dates and give him advice. 

Eternally Confused and Eager for Love is a romantic comedy that’s more comedy than romance. Jim Sarbh’s voice over as Ray’s imaginary best friend but also Ray himself is beautiful. Jim’s voice modulations, dialogue delivery and the kind of sass he adds to the show is mind blowingly funny. My favourite character on the show is Jim’s no doubt. The way he gives an ongoing monologue of advice to Ray all the time and is utterly annoyed by Ray’s inexperienced ‘Hey’ is brilliantly executed. Next in line of powerful performances is Rahul Bose’s. Being the rich, alpha father to a mediocre antisocial son is both devastating and sympathetic for him. He tries to be better in his ways to guide Ray but eventually just gets frustrated by his son’s stupidity and the way Rahul makes it look so easy on camera is peerless. 

Ray’s dynamic with his best friend, Ria, is very warm and moving. As audience, we expect them to get together by the end and the show pushes the two in the said direction only to take different turns time and again. The show is realistic that way. We expect weirdness in the twenty-four year old Ray’s awkward behaviour but it is rather oddly satisfying. As a young adult, Ray is highly relatable and at so many moments in the series Jim’s Wiz seems to be advising us as well. It is so interesting to see that Ray’s spirit is so engrossed in the urge to find someone who wants him for a change that he forgets his own self on the way. 

The direction is excellent, although a reminder to other shows showing the posh life of privileged Mumbai, still it is pretty clean and to the point. The cinematography is a lot like that of the likes of Made in Heaven. The whole experience of the show reaches its peak at episode four after which the curve takes a gravitational pull. The series seems to fumble with its overall purpose and direction. There is a lot that Eternally Confused and Eager for Love makes you want that it ends rather unsatisfactorily.  The last part of the show is held by Wiz’s monologue, funny blunders and a few sad moments. The purpose of the show is to show the world what really a young adult life is and what it isn’t. The series gets a fresh breeze to the Indian OTT platform. All the actors co-create a fun and loving experience ironically about lack of love and fun both. 

Eternally Confused and Eager for Love is streaming on Netflix.  


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