Since Netflix, it seems, has vowed to launch anthologies every few months, we get one different one — after Lust Tales, Ghost Tales, Paava Kadhaigal, Pitta Kathalu and others — inside the kind of Feels Like Ishq.
It’s a compilation of 5 boy-meets-girl (plus one girl-meets-girl) tales, each lasting roughly half an hour. In distinction to Lust Tales (which moreover dealt with relationships), the shorts on this anthology are light-hearted. The transient for the writers and filmmakers, it seems, was to offer you a “sweet love story” that may give the goal market — youngsters and 20-somethings — that quintessential “warmth, fuzzy” feeling.
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The writers and directors — Monisha Thyagarajan and Ruchir Arun (Save The Da(y)te); Gazal Dhaliwal and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana (Quaranteen Crush); Sulagna Chatterjee and Danish Aslam (She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not); Saurabh George Swamy and Anand Tiwari (Star Host); Arati Rawal and Sachin Kundalkar (Interview); Shubhra Chatterjee and Jaydeep Sarkar (Ishq Mastana) — have sincerely tried to make their tales sweet. Nonetheless after binging the shorts, instead of warmth and fuzzy, one feels the nausea of overeating desserts.
Sachin’s The Interview and Danish’s She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not stand out among the many many lot.
The Interview is the one film set exterior the upper/upper-middle class milieu. Shahana (Zayn Marie Khan) and Rajeev (Neeraj Madhav), belonging to fully completely different states and faiths, meet at an interview for a salesman place at an digital retailer in Mumbai. She is an enterprising youthful lady and he, a Malayali newcomer to the large metropolis, who struggles alongside together with his language and confidence. Neeraj’s (Moosa in Family Man) effectivity shines basically essentially the most throughout the anthology. His character, at one stage, confesses to Shahana, “I’m Mohanlal in my village. Nonetheless coming proper here… my Hindi… Nervous. Completely flop.” Alongside together with his Malayalam-laced Hindi, shy smiles, and a few mannerisms (like adjusting his wristwatch and clasping the shoulder straps of his backpack), he brings alive a small-town man on the lookout for his toes in a metropolis. Interview will be the least contrived film throughout the sequence.
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She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not introduces a weird, fourth-wall-breaking protagonist, Muskaan (Sanjeeta Bhattacharya), asking “What’s love?” to a buyer assist agent of a courting app that she plans to delete on her twenty third birthday after trying through profiles of some guys. Muskaan falls for her cock-sure colleague, Tarasha (Saba Azad), nevertheless is conflicted about revealing her love. Queer romance on this film, thankfully, is neither dealt with as a gimmick nor overemphasised. The transient moreover reveals one amongst its basic characters going through an nervousness assault, one factor that hasn’t been seen in mainstream motion pictures. Like Muskaan tells Tarasha at one stage, “In any case, Bollywood wouldn’t get this love story.”
The rest of the films throughout the sequence, nonetheless, fall in steadfast Bollywood territory.
Tahira’s Quaranteen Crush is just probably an exception. It explores the nascent romance of a school-going boy in Chandigarh, Maninder (Mihir Ahuja). He likes a girl, Nimmi (Kajol Chugh), who has rapidly moved in subsequent door to quarantine. He befriends her on the pretext of delivering meals. He texts her from his mom’s cellphone (he doesn’t have one), pretending to be his mom. From his dwelling home windows, he zooms into her room through the cellphone digital digital camera. Nonetheless his innocence is established (there’s a humorous scene whereby he expresses awkwardness when his father —a bra salesman — explains the differing kinds and sizes of his merchandise). Then, when he reads a data article just a few man arrested for stalking his neighbour, he questions his actions. Mihir is convincing as a schoolboy conflicted with these feelings. Nonetheless this battle will get resolved too rapidly and a contented ending awaits.
Possibly due to the lesser-than-usual screentime, plots and characters seem unnatural or undercooked. It’s further evident within the the rest of the three motion pictures.
Save The Da(y)te has a bridesmaid (Avni carried out by Radhika Madan) and a wedding planner (Jay carried out by Amol Parashar) searching for the runaway bride, who develops chilly toes on the eve of her marriage ceremony ceremony. The writer and maker possibly wanted to talk in regards to the professionals and cons of marriage through their protagonists. So, in what’s alleged to be a high-tense state of affairs whereas they search for a missing bride, we get traces like, “Marriage is kind of a mutual fund. Extreme risks end in extreme rewards, ” and “…they steadiness each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Communication is the vital factor. Working away isn’t the reply.” There’s a bit little bit of Geet-Adi (Jab We Met) vibe between the protagonists ,nevertheless most continuously they convey like characters from a script fairly than people in real-life.
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If Save The Da(y)te merely references Zoya Akthar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Anand Tiwari’s Star Host does a hat-tip (intentionally or in some other case) by making one amongst its protagonists overcome fear and experience a profoundly life-altering second by doing an adventure-tourism train. Like Hrithik’s character in ZNMD, Tara (Simran Jehani) moreover finds love (Aditya carried out by Rohit Saraf) all through a visit.
The final word transient, Ishq Mastana, is prepared throughout the milieu of protests. The lady (Mehr carried out by Tanya Maniktala) here’s a rebel with a set off and the person (Kabir carried out by Skand Thakur) is self-centred. By the use of the film, we get songs by Kabir Das, discussions on religion, and contours like, “I don’t [fight for a cause] to change the world. I do it for me. So, that this world doesn’t change me.” No line sticks with us, no character stick to us. All of them seem superficial.
Enough, Netflix, you perhaps should take a break from anthologies. Oh, wait a minute… (realises Navarasa in Tamil is releasing in two weeks).
Feels Like Ishq is at current streaming on Netflix
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