It was only a matter of time before a show about parenting hit Indian streaming networks. Frankly, it’s a surprise it took so long, given the kind of hyper-parenting that’s prevalent among folks who send their kids to posh schools. The trailer of Alt Balaji’s new show Mentalhood suggests it has all the elements of this phenomena. It hinges on a group of helicopter moms (Karisma Kapoor, Sandhya Mridul, Shilpa Shukla, Tillotama Shome, Shruti Seth) who are all spectacularly turned out, and one dad (Dino Morea), a nod to our ‘woke’ times. Every day involves the chaos of sending kids to school on time, keeping up with other moms and their kids and, occasionally, dealing with serious issues such as physical abuse, both at school and at home. Each mom in this group is different, from Kapoor’s starstruck parent to Mridul’s competitive, over-achiever, and each has a different personal problem. Sound like Big Little Lies lite? We’ll find out.
Creator: Ekta Kapoor
Director: Karishma Kohli
Writer: Ritu Bhatia
Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Tillotama Shome, Shruti Seth, Sandhya Mridul, Shilpa Shukla, Dino Morea
Streaming on: Alt Balaji and Zee5
Mentalhood releases on Wednesday, March 11.