Feature Name: Mismatched
Directed By: Akarsh Khurana and Nipun Dharmandhikari
Cast: Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha and Vidya Malavade
Mismatched is a series adaptation of Sandhya Menon’s 2017 young adult novel titled When Dimple Met Rishi.
The romcom unfolds during a three-month app and coding course. Unlike Menon’s USA-set book, the story unfolds in Jaipur.
Eighteen-year-old Rishi (Rohit Saraf) obediently agrees to his grandmother’s desire that he should have an arranged marriage. Grandma (Suhasini Mulay) also suggests that Rishi enroll in the same course as his prospective bride.
Accompanied by his friend Namrata, Rishi lands up at the same coding camp as Dimple (Prajakta Koli), whom he has picked as his future wife.
An anti-social geek, Dimple is focussed on app developing and becoming a champion gamer. But Rishi’s gentlemanly ways are hard to resist. Rishi makes up for Dimple’s cold front with his warm earnestness.
Directors Akarsh Khurana and Nipun Dharmadhikari keep the mood easy and the pace brisk in the six-part first season, which ends with a hanging finale that suggests that Dimple and Rishi’s happily-ever-after may need more than grandma’s blessings.
Talking about the performances, Rohit Saraf plays the part with such sincerity that it’s difficult to dislike his character. Prajakta Koli is efficient as Dimple, who is navigating her way through a childhood instilled insecurities, peer pressure and a budding romance.
The casting and performances of the supporting cast are spot on, in particular Muskkan Jaferi as Dimple’s roommate Celina, who delivers one of the best lines of the show. As she gives Dimple her Cinderella makeover, Celina declares, “Kaajal is like a push-up bra for your eyes.”
Devyani Shorey is immensely likable as Namrata and Vihaan Samat, Abhinav Sharma, Taaruk Raina and Kritika Bharadwaj do a fine job as Harsh, Krish, Anmol and Simran respectively.
We with all our heart give the series 3 stars. Can’t wait for the season 2.