*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Four More Shots Please! released its third season on Amazon Prime Video last week and received a mixed response.
I, for one, ended up with a headache after fast-forwarding through a majority of the series which used feminism as a shield to justify the leading ladies’ terrible decisions and selfish actions.
As a woman, I feel sad for the new generation of girls who will probably see this show as a great example of feminism and women empowerment, which it really isn’t.
One of the biggest complaints people had out of Season 3 of Four More Shots Please! was Damini’s (Sayani Gupta) character and the way she treated her boyfriend Jeh (Prateik Babbar).
The two finally get together in this season as Damini heals from her miscarriage.
Throughout the series, she keeps pushing Jeh to move in with him, trying to hold on to the only thing in her life that she can control. However, an inexplicable gap and friction between them cause her to gravitate more towards a politician, Dhananjay Deshpande (Rohan Vinod Mehra), whom she starts working with.
In Episode 7 of Four More Shots Please!, she ends up sleeping with him after months of pushing away Jeh from having sex.
Jeh understood Damini’s trauma of losing a child and gave her the time and space to heal. Every time he tried to initiate an intimate moment with Damini, she put an end to it saying she ‘wasn’t in the mood’ or tried to avoid him by working long hours.
Not wanting to pressure her into anything, Jeh respected her decision and instead, focused on being a supportive partner to help her heal and feel loved.
In return, Damini practically forces him to move in with her, get rid of his stuff from his college days and adjust according to her instead of meeting him halfway. When it comes to having a conversation about their future, she is evasive and dodges his questions with excuses.
Despite Jeh being patient and understanding, Damini ends up cheating on him with Dhananjay. To make things worse, she calls Jeh ‘judgemental’ for being upset about it! In what universe does this lame reason justify cheating?
Damini: *cheats on her boyfriend*— Bleh 🌻 (@IamLuvK) October 27, 2022
Jeh: you cheated.
Damini: you’re judging
Bro, wtf? 😂😂😂😂
As a show that tries to position itself as ‘feminist’, Four More Shots Please! reinforces the trope of how men can never trust women because the moment they’re nice to them, they end up taking advantage of it and ruin men’s lives.
To put it simply, Four More Shots Please! ends up working against its own cause.
The audience is left sympathetic towards Jeh and angry towards Damini, who refuses to take responsibility for her actions and instead blames Jeh, a guy who did everything she asked for and still got screwed over.
We’ve spent years trying to make movies more gender inclusive, raising our voices against douchey husbands and boyfriends who don’t take their partners seriously and justify their actions with unreasonable excuses. Four More Shots Please! flips the narrative by making women careless and selfish under the garb of “we’re all flawed and imperfect.”
That’s a petty excuse for playing with others’ lives to serve your own needs.
Men like Jeh deserve better than this. They deserve better than an adulterous and selfish partner like Damini who is so stuck in her warped thinking that she can’t see how it affects her partner.
Men like Jeh are a rarity and must be protected at all costs.