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THE UPSHOT
In the delightful third season of the show, couple Dhruv and Kavya move to a more mature phase in their relationship.

Directors: Ruchir Arun, Sumit Aroraa
Writer: Dhruv Sehgal
Cast: Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Palkar
Seasons: 3 (2016, 2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

Kavya and Dhruv grow up

In previous seasons, we saw Dhruv (Dhruv Sehgal) and Kavya (Mithila Palkar) spending all day cuddling and making such life-changing decisions as whether to eat sandwiches or Maggi for dinner. In this season, on the other hand, they have to negotiate the more grown-up issue of the long-distance relationship. Dhruv decides to move to Bangalore to assist a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute while Kavya stays on in Mumbai, trying hard to adjust to the sudden loneliness. The show offers a nuanced view of long-distance relationships. Both realise that distance makes them understand each other better. Dhruv finds himself enjoying the calm of Bangalore, naming the city his “happy place”, while Kavya makes new friends at work. Gradually they find they’re actually quite happy without each other. Nevertheless, they take time out to keep to stay connected through video calls.

They realise that family matters

As they grow older, the two also realise that their parents need them. In episodes three and four, Dhruv and Kavya visit their respective homes in Delhi and Nagpur. Kavya, who goes to Nagpur for her father’s retirement function, is dismayed to find him feeling a sense of purposelessness. In Delhi, Dhruv helps his mother through a different sort of transition. She has to leave their old, family home for a cheaper apartment in Gurgaon. In a tender conversation that leaves Dhruv feeling sentimental, the two chat about how times have changed and how does she deal with loneliness. Both Kavya Dhruv realise that their parents need them, an understanding that only strengthens their own relationship.

And that dialogue is key to making relationships last

After six months in Bangalore, Dhruv returns to Mumbai. It’s not exactly a smooth reunion. Dhruv get annoyed when Kavya’s new friends come over and turning 30 without a definite goal fuels his anxiety. Yet they’re able to set aside their differences and acknowledge that they’re good together and that’s what matters.

The insights are delivered across eight 30-minute episodes in a lighthearted fashion. Yet the show succeeds in making you reflect on your own life and the evolution of your relationships. There are plenty of sweet moments: Kavya spending the afternoon sandwiched between her parents, Dhruv hugging his mother after a heated argument with her. Overall, this season continues to be a feel-good drama in which the young couple is as endearing as ever.