The second season of the popular web series Permanent Roommates concluded earlier this year. Like its predecessor, it was welcomed with roaring applause, and “Tankesh” became an adorable, familiar name. With 2 seasons finished, it is important to know what made Permanent Roommates different from everything else that we have seen so far.
-> Permanent Roommates is love as we have seen
Love, in today’s world, has been mingled with a lot of negativity. It seems like a popular perception, that love cannot exist without a jealous ex, a vindictive secret lover, or a family that will oppose till the end of times. But, is it really the case?
For some, perhaps. However, in the urban centers, relationships have taken a much more mature outlook. For today’s youth, the priority is to take care of the relationship itself. They are not perfect, just like Tanya and Mikesh. They make mistakes, but they don’t give up because of family or society or due to a third person. They realize that their relationships are exclusively their own, much like the problems, responsibilities and decisions that come along with it. Mikesh and Tanya face a lot of problems, from trivial ones to something truly horrible. But they don’t turn it into a drama. They keep it real, and anyone who watched them would attest to it.
-> Permanent Roommates is love as it ought to be.
A lot has been said about how love should be. Should it be platonic? Or obsessive? Or authoritarian? No, it should be like what Tankesh have between them. They recognize each other’s flaws. And they accept them, even if they are not completely okay with them. Sure, Mikesh at times take Tanya for granted; but when need be, he becomes the rock on which Tanya can shed her burden. And sure, Tanya can get exasperated over Mikky’s silly demeanors. But it is also her who pampers him, make him feel special and take care of his needs. Because love is more about giving then asking. Whatever Mikesh and Tanya do for each other, it is not for the sake of doing, it is not charity; rather, it is the willingness to keep your partner smiling even in the darkest of days.
-> Permanent Roommates breaks a lot of stereotypes.
The USP of the show is that it is progressive. Like a breath of fresh air, it gives you a glimpse at a world that is still not perfect, but far better than the one we live in. So what if Tankesh were in a live-in? So what if they got pregnant before marriage? Nobody got a heart attack (except, maybe, Daddu), nobody cried over their now-tarnished reputation in the society. Not only we get to meet two amazing lovers, we also get a glimpse of their adorable families; families that are not perfect, but they are admirable for the understanding they have.
While we were talking about stereotypes, let’s not forget the small ones. Like when Mr. Nagpal decides to get re-married- something that is frowned upon in today’s “modern” society. Or when the fathers appear more supportive than the mothers. A society where we don’t adhere to fixed rules set by imperfect past, this is what Permanent Roommates shows us.
-> Permanent Roommates changes the dynamics of male-female relationship.
Yes, the show achieves that. How? Very subtly.
The man is not always the protector and provider. The woman is not always the caretaker and the emotional one.
Mikesh is partly silly, partly eccentric. But behind all that humor, is an attempt to keep people around him happy -Tanya being the most important of them. He doesn’t shy away from crying, or from passing the responsibilities to Tanya. But He respects her decisions, right from getting married to becoming parents.
Tanya doesn’t seek protection from Mikesh, or expect him to take care of her. She is the more mature one, the one who makes critical decisions. She is a woman who doesn’t shy away from proposing her love. But it is not against her ego to find solace in Mikesh when she can’t do it anymore, and he takes care of her like no one could, being her Knight in Shining Armor whenever she needs him.
So yes, Permanent Roommates achieved what decades of Television industry hardly could- connecting to the youth, converting the screen into a mirror where they could find their own reflection. We could hardly wait for season 3.