September 9 2015
In the penultimate episode of series 2, we were confronted with one piece of good news that was so epic, it very nearly outshadowed everything else…
WE GOT OFF TO A RATHER tepid start and, minus a focus on one particular character, it proved to be an extremely tedious watch. It was a sharp contrast to the success of episode 5 which saw “Desi Rascals” almost clinch the success that they had managed to reap from series 1.
Thematically, it was generally bland and predictable – I found myself bored, getting frustrated at the banal content and was completely disengaged for about 90 per cent of the episode. The Adam-Yasmin Feud was still in full flow (although social media tells me that he was the first person to wish her happy birthday), Jasmin and Ross had another argument (as usual) and Solly continued to pursue Kavita with the tenacity of a stalker that we usually see in Bollywood films. Note to Solly: it’s not cute or endearing; it could probably result in Kavita getting a court injunction out on you…(only half joking!)
Jasmin and Rita were randomly trying on wedding dresses for fun – you’d have never guessed that they are both fully grown adults – as Jasmin gushed about a future £1m wedding to boyfriend Ross. I hope he’s got enough cash in the bank to fulfil her dreams! She then decided to send Ross a photo of her in a wedding dress – because that’s the first thing we decide to do – who immediately shared it with the ‘Wolfpack’ (Owais, Jason and Shmoyel on this occasion). Throughout series 2, there’s been a serious issue around mobile phone etiquette.
Naturally, because it’s reality TV, members of the cast enhance certain scenes by reading aloud private text messages to their friends. When Ross showed the photo of Jasmin in a wedding dress to the boys, I couldn’t help but feel really annoyed because it struck me as being incredibly disrespectful. Who does that? But having seen Ross’s on screen behaviour throughout series 2, I’m not surprised; I get the impression that he is only there as a catalyst for petty drama.
Thankfully Shreena managed to diffuse the tension in Jasmin’s head and brought her back down to earth following ‘The Great Wedding Dress Photo Disaster’. This was well and truly a lesson in the perils of oversharing the things that go on in our private lives. We haven’t seen much of the Varas in this series and their presence has been sorely missed.
Once again, the older generation were not properly featured and the closest we came to seeing them showing a relatively wild side, was when Celia emerged fully clad in a leather biker chick outfit. She set poor Manoj’s pulse racing as he sheepishly said: “I feel really hot Celia!” while anxiously mopping his brow.
In an episode that felt like a microwaved version of last night’s dinner, this was one of the few moments of sincerity that made me laugh. Celia, Manoj, leather and motorbikes: it’s the equation for a happy ending (pun fully ended). It was a fun and playful scene, which showed a different side to them, and I wish that we saw more of this with other older cast members to show that they aren’t a boring group of people in comparison to the younger cast members.
The other half of the younger Rascals went to the Festival of Holi/Love and were seen frolicking in a sea of brightly coloured powders as they pranced about in the middle of a park. The only one who seemed to actually know anything about Holi, was Kavita, who provided a comprehensive background into the Hindu festival. Perhaps there was something mixed in the powder, because it wasn’t long until Moses started asking the others for advice on how to plan a romantic surprise for Jo. Kavita came to the rescue, as she suggested he make a mixtape for Jo to listen to and gave Moses a much needed pep talk ahead of his picnic date with Jo.
It was here that Solly put his action of attempting to woo Kavita into action. It was extremely cringy, to say the least, and Adam’s presence coupled with Kavita’s disenchantment only made things worse. But Solly didn’t give up; he persisted and for a moment thought that he had succeeded in his conquest of getting a second date with Kavita. But she had the last laugh, as she turned up to their ‘fun friend date’ (it sounds a lot worse than what actually happened) with Yasmin in tow. It was wonderfully satisfying to see Solly physically squirm as Yasmin’s presence turned him into ‘Billy-No-Mates’ on his lonesome bicycle. However, things briefly went sour, as Solly made off hand comments about Yasmin and her personal life. She handled it with grace and the girls had a heart-to-heart about Solly’s intentions to pursue Kavita. Will she put a label on her and Solly or will take it more than a bike ride to thaw the Ice Queen?
Meanwhile, Adam went on a date with Kazz (don’t worry I’ve no idea who she was either) which massively flopped as he awkwardly branded himself as a ’playa’ who wasn’t sure about searching for ‘The One’ yet – talk about rehashing clichés from 2001 R&B music videos; we thought that Adam was better than that!
Eagle eyed Kazz then told him to date whoever was on his mind. But the question is this: who actually was on Adam’s mind? Was it Yasmin? After his candid conversation with Kavita, we saw the rich Playboy facade of Adam slip as he admitted: “I’m not proud; I’m hurt” in response to Yasmin’s comments about his failed engagement. Could romance be on the horizon for Yasmin and Adam? Or will they clash again?
The highlight of last week was when Bollywood legend (and quite brilliant as the Dad in the “Bend It Like Beckham” film), Anupam Kher, personally called Jo to inform her that she had been accepted into his acting school in Mumbai, India. It outshone everything else in the episode and we send a massive congrats to Jo on this wonderful achievement. To celebrate, she went out for drinks with a few Rascals, where Owais provided her with his in depth knowledge of Mumbai-life. But what will this mean for #MoJo? In a touching scene, we saw Jo and Moses embrace as they both promised to not forget each other! Someone get me a box of tissues: I’m welling up.
In the final episode, we see the mother of all parties take place, as the end of series party gets under way. Adam and Yasmin have it out as they decide to finally discuss the details of their ‘friendship’, while Owais whisks Jo off to a mystery location – will Moses be waiting with a bunch of roses and the Philharmonic Orchestra?
• The final episode of Desi Rascals series 2 airs tonight at 8pm on Sky 1.