Good news for all those who went into mourning when HBO finally gave Carrie and Mr. Big their happy ending: three years after the end of the series, all four principals (Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon) have finally thrashed out an agreement that will see them starring in the loo-oo-oo-ooo-ng awaited movie version of Sex and the City.
I was never an addict, so the sentimentality of this moment completely passes me by but anybody who lived in New York during that last season knows what a big deal this must be for some people. I say ‘people’ and not ‘women’ because I actually know quite a few who really liked the show.
What did surprise me, however, was when I came down to India a while after the show had ended and picked up a copy of Filmfare magazine – and found that one particular column (the name of which I can’t remember offhand) had been hijacked by a person who sounded like Carrie Bradshaw… if she’d grown up in the Valley. There were throw away references to Manolo Blahniks in that horrendous “Omigod, like, omigod…” voice. It was a completely bizarre experience. Just a tad less mind boggling than listening to Bollywood ‘rap’.
So how did a series about four 30-something single women in New York that remained unapologetically true to its character despite charges of elitism, racism, shallowness, et al become so famous and influential, even in countries, like India, where it has never aired?
Part of it is the writing – you may not agree with or like a lot of it, but it is well done. Part of it is the acting – Parker’s Bradshaw might be one of the most irritating characters in television history as one magazine put it but she’s pretty darn perfect for the role as are the other three. Part of it is the sex – women weren’t just talking about it, they were actually doing it. All the time, all over the place. MadTV, punning on the HBO catchphrase, said: “It’s not TV, it’s porn (with Emmys)”.
But the biggest part of it, in my opinion, was the City. New York.
I don’t know how or why this city translates so easily to so many people unless it’s the fact that it has the ability to be all things to all people – you can either hate it or love it. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody living there who thought New York was “nice” or “all right”. It’s not a city that evokes that sort of feeling. And it plays its part. Say you moved the series to Chicago or Seattle or even L.A. – it just wouldn’t work.
No word yet on when work on the movie is supposed to start.