There's a reason why our homes are so much more than just brick and mortar structures. Whether that’s the colour of the walls, a memory corner with precious photographs, a quiet space to read, or a balcony to sit and watch the world go by; a home truly is a part of the soul, a physical manifestation of people’s innermost dreams and desires. And that’s exactly what comes through so beautifully in this third offering of Asian Paints Where The Heart Is.
The last two seasons of this web series had some of the most unique and quirky Indian celebrities giving us a glimpse into their beautiful homes; whether that was critically acclaimed actor Radhika Apte, ace director Zoya Akhtar or cricketer Saurav Ganguly. The third season once again brings a diverse mix of celebrities but with a slight difference; the focus this time is on relationships and how they’re reflected in a home.
One of the best episodes in the show is the one showcasing Boman Irani’s home in Mumbai, a modern building located amidst the old-world Parsi charm. Irani talks about how he stretched himself to buy his dream home, back in the days when Munnabhai was still in the works. What makes the episode particularly beautiful is that every corner of the home reflects the pride and joy he takes in his family; whether that’s the common seating area, the wall with their favourite travel memories, or every single piece of home decor that him and his wife Zenobia have picked out after lots of discussions and the occasional disagreement.
Another unique episode features actor Huma Qureshi and her brother Saqib Saeed, who share a home in Mumbai. In an age where most siblings choose to stay separately even when they’re in the same city, the fact that Huma and Saqib have built a home together speaks volumes about their relationship. And that love, and warmth are reflected in every corner of their home, especially the wonderful balcony which is flooded with light and greenery.
Other episodes are just as compelling. There’s the home of media personality Gaurav Kapur with wife Kirat Bhattal; which is such a fascinating mix of their unique and eclectic personalities. There’s also the dynamic mother-daughter duo of Masaba and Neena Gupta; whose daring and unconventional choices are reflected in their minimalistic decor and unique artifacts. Finally, one of the most interesting episodes in this series is one that you’d least expect. Football captain Sunil Chhetri opens the doors to his Bengaluru home and you can see the love and passion that his wife Sonam Bhattacharya has put into every single corner.
The show is shot beautifully and is a great juxtaposition of the physical aspects of the home, and the emotional stories behind them. Each episode is just 8-10 minutes long, leaving you with a warm tingling feeling at the end, even as you yearn to stay with each home just a little while longer.
While we do get to see many aspects of celebrity homes, this season is really about seeing these celebrities in their comfort zone, with the people they’ve chosen to build a life with. From the “har ghar kuch kehta hai” days, Asian Paints has always believed that a home speaks volumes about those who inhabit it. Commenting on the show’s third season, Asian Paints’ COO, Amit Syngle remarked, “Asian Paints Where The Heart Is really found acceptance in the past two seasons and we’re very proud to be showcasing 6 incredible homes this season. This season is all about relationships and how they get reflected in the homes people build together. At Asian Paints, we've always believed in the magic of a home and we're so glad that we can bring some of this magic to our audiences through this show.”