In the new season of The Viral Fever’s (TVF) college drama Girls Hostel, the medical versus dental wars continue between the girls. Zahira (Parul Gulati) and Jo (Srishti Shrivastava) still do not see eye-to-eye, while Richa (Ahsaas Channa) is still finding her footing with Aarav (Gagan Arora). The dental girls have been moved to a newer, smaller hostel where they’re facing a water crisis and other problems. This new season, unlike the first, focuses on more mature topics such as college politics, elections, eve teasing and more.
It’s war at the hostel
If you’ve watched season one of this show, you will know that it ended with Richa and Mili (Simran Natekar) hoping to re-unite estranged BFFs Zahira and Jo. But it seems as though nothing has changed in this new season. Nothing apart from the dental girls’ new hostel. Smaller than the previous one, each room of this hostel is stuffed with three girls instead of two. To make matters worse, the overpopulation creates a water crisis, leading the girls to organise a protest.
Apart from that, things are pretty much the same. Zahira and Jo are still not talking to each other, Aarav (Gagan Arora) and Richa are still together, but not in an ‘official’ way, and Ramya Mantri (Shreya Mehta) is still an obnoxious bully. The college dean is a mere puppet adhering to Ramya’s wishes. The central plot across all five episodes is that of college elections for the student body president. Naturally Ramya is a candidate. Zahira decides to stand up to her tyranny and contests against her, sparking plenty of tension between the two.
The highlight of this season, however, is the focus on serious issues like bullying and eve teasing. People who are truly in a position to bring about change in these areas fail to do so, prompting the girls to take matters in their hands.
The ladies put in fine performances
The episodes this season are slightly longer than they were the last time around. The plot revolving around elections gets a bit dry and tedious in the middle. However the show does have its moments. Jo comes through when you least expect her to, with her pearls of wisdom.
The cast does a fabulous job. Watching them makes one feel like watching a real group of friends. Shreya Mehta succeeds in making you hate her character’s guts. Srishti Shrivastava, with her stoic facade, is excellent. Simran Natekar is very likeable as Mili, while Trupti Khamkar continues to be hilarious as the hostel warden.
WATCH OR NOT
While season one of Girls Hostel was lighter and funnier, with season two the makers choose to explore several topical issues, making it a more serious watch. This isn’t to say there isn’t any comic relief. Watch it for the wonderful performances.