A new Bollywood web series, titled Ladies Room, tells the story of two women in their mid-twenties living their best lives and just keeping it real in the big bad city of Mumbai.
Created by Y-Films, the youth subsidiary of Bollywood production giant Yash Raj Films, each 10-minute episode takes place in a different ladies bathroom, where BFFs Khanna and Dingo battle drug scandals, unwanted pregnancies, and sexual escapades.
"We’d been wanting to do a show set in a single location for a while, and one that featured two interesting and fun female characters — which is a big hole generally in the entertainment landscape in our country," Ashish Patil, Ladies Room producer and Y-Film’s head, tells Mashable.
"We chose a toilet because it is a sacred space where women share the most personal things."
The story draws a great similarity to Comedy Central’s series Broad City, which also features two twenty-something best friends navigating life in New York City.
The characters in Broad City also deal with subjects like recreational drug use, casual sex, abortion, and other issues that affect most modern women.
Screenwriters Neha Kaul Mehra and Ratnabali Bhattacharjee chalk it up to basing a lot of the script on upon their own experiences as young women.
"It’s always bothered me that Indian cinema, and more recently TV, never took women seriously. We’ve been offered sorry pastiches of what women ought to be, but seldom who they are in the real world,” says Mehra.
The series is filmed in Hindi, but like most Westernised Indian shows, the dialogue is heavily laden with English. It also comes with English subtitles.