India, Aug. 29 -- For a show that references both blind items and suicides - grave topics that have taken over public discourse in recent weeks - it's surprising how chipper Netflix's Masaba Masaba really is. Its confident command over tone is one of its biggest strengths - it is neither too frivolous, nor is it overwhelmingly sombre. Woven into the fabric of the show, a semi-autobiographical account of fashion designer Masaba Gupta's life, is real, relatable drama.

Masaba, in the fine tradition of television characters such as Seinfeld, Louie, and, most recently, Ramy, plays a version of herself. It is never quite clear when she's performing and when she's simply. being, but that's just a testament to her effortless acting style and inn...