A captivating take on modern love stories of multiple proportions
Amazon Primethe latest anthology series, Modern Love: Bombay, has several love stories combined together. It’s a nuanced take on modern issues like homosexuality and acceptance, modern millennial love, an Asian mother-son duo, lost love and heartbreak, finding independence and breaking free; all on a background of love.
1) My Beautiful Wrinkles –
A poetic tale that teaches the youngest to believe in themselves, and seniors to be proud of their wrinkles.
My beautiful wrinkles speaks of a widow, Dilbar (Sarika), who lost her lover in a car accident. She closed both uses of love in her life. She even tells her older friends. In one of the dialogues, she says, “Someone should tell her she’s 63.” Her friend (Navneet Nishan) replies, “There is no age for love.” Dilbar regularly meets a young boy, Kunal (Danesh Razvi), to gain confidence for job interviews. After several meetings, he opens up to her and shares his feelings for her. What happens next is revealed in this 37-minute short. My beautiful wrinkles gives a good message to young and old about love and affection. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it. We have seen the same theories in Dil Chahta Hai (2001) and Cheeni Kum (2007), but here the conclusion is also different and effective. Sarika and Danesh seem very natural throughout the story. Sarika is gorgeous and stays relevant even with those pauses and slow-motion scenes with no dialogue. Danesh is pretty organic in some scenes, especially the very first scene where he has to look nervous. The story of Alankrita Shrivastava is pure at heart and noble when it comes to townspeople who actually go through such crises in their lives. The poetic narration with this constant score in the background makes the visual experience rich. In its entirety, My beautiful wrinkles is a beautiful tale worth watching by two different generations together.
RATING – 3/5*
An LGBT romance overtaken by Baai’s ultimate tragedy.
At Hansal Mehta’s Baai is about a young musician and singer, Manzu (Pratik Gandhi), who happens to be gay. He finds a perfect partner in the form of Ranviere (Ranveer Brar), who is a famous chef. Manzuparents of are ashamed of his sexuality and they prevent him from telling Baai (Tanuja), the owner of the house. The 42-minute short film is set in the Muslim ghetto and had the potential to explore religious hatred, but due to its sexually advanced romance avoids socially difficult subject matter. The climax really doesn’t prove anything that can be called satisfying, as the pre-climax part pretty much sums things up for the viewers. The narrative is slow and boring at times, but the performances of Pratik Gandhi, Tanuja and Ranveer Brar keep it steady. Mehta’s steering is decent enough, but offers nothing up to par. Globally, Baai is a decent watch for adults, but nothing too great.
RATING – 2.5/5*
3) I like Thane:
Just another love story between the ages with a beautiful reference to nature.
Located in the beautiful places of Thane, Dhruv Sehgal’s I love Thane is about Saiba (Masaba Gupta), who is over 30 and single. She gets tired of being alone and starts dating boys of different age groups but can’t find anyone perfect. Then she meets Parthia (Ritwik Bhowmik), an audit officer at BMC who was once his junior, and love blossoms between the two. I Love Thane is a very simple and somewhat banal tale in its content. Love with a small age gap is all too common, and maybe that’s why it has nothing else to show for it. The English dialogues capture the urban culture very well, and Masaba Gupta sounds like a real city girl. She looks lackluster in a few scenes, but the rest of the time she’s fine. Ritvik Bhowmik doesn’t have a difficult role to play here, but he’s quite straightforward in this simple role. Sehgal’s vision of creating a regular story set in urban characters is more about its beautiful landscapes than its storyline, so overall it does nothing but a unique watch experience.
RATING – 2.5/5*
4) Bombay Dragon:
A traditional tale of a mother’s unconditional love versus a modern communal battle in Mumbai.
by Vishal Bhardwaj Bombay Dragon takes place in the darkness of Mumbai – at least that’s what it looks like on screen as most of the scenes take place at night. Sui (Yeo Yann Yann) loves her son Ming (Meiyang Chang) too much and is very possessive of him while being one of the few Left Indochinese species that tries to keep the community alive. Despite her extra care, Ming falls in love with a Gujju girl, Megha (Wamiqa Gabbi), and they continue a live relationship. Bombay Dragon is all about a mother’s unconditional love for her child, while the rest of the narrative attempts to push into an outdated area of tragic 70s family dramas. However, Vishal Bhardwaj makes sure he finishes it. on a positive note and don’t forget to get the most out of the actors. Yeo Yann Yann is hilarious as a protective mother, while Meiyang succeeds with decent marks. Wamiqa Gabbi’s avatar and glamorous accent will make you fall in love with her. In the meantime, you have Naseeruddin Shah appearing in a sweet cameo. In a word, Bombay Dragon is a beautiful modern attempt at old theories about mother-son relationship issues.
RATING – 3/5*
5) Raat Rani:
Fatima Sana Shaikh rises twice like the Sun and the Moon in a single story that has a great inspirational message about empowering women.
Lalzariplayed by Fatima Sana Shaikh, is a faithful wife to lutfi (Bhupendra Jadawat), but she’s a bit weird and wild. She has a fire in her but never realizes it, until one day lutfi abandons him. She then discovers a new life and makes herself a free and autonomous woman. Fatima Sana Shaikh has fun playing Lalizar. Just like Jasmine, she spreads her aroma through the Raat Raani and gives one of the best performances of his career to date. There is a quote, something like “Rise twice a day like the sun and the moon”, which unknowingly describes his character and his performance as well. Bhupendra like her husband looks natural and Dilip Prabhavalkar is pleasant. Shonali Bose delivers an inspiring story about female empowerment, but more than others, it’s about making it happen for yourself. That makes it special. A few flaws in the middle sidelined it for a while, but then Raat Raani goes back to the end. In short, an encouraging story about the search for independence and liberation.
RATING – 3/5*
6) Cutting room:
The most relevant, compatible and successful love story of the entire series.
Written and adapted by Devika Bhagat and by Nupur Asthana, Cutting cellar is about Daniel (Arshad Warsi) and his wife, latika (Chitrangda Singh), married for 17 years. Latika is an aspiring writer and wants to finish her novel, but she doesn’t have time to do so in 17 years of marriage because she was too busy with housewife things. Daniel love latika, but he’s too busy to give her quality time and is always late for everything. This is a story that happens to all married couples these days. That’s why it makes a quick connection. I was literally out of the running in the middle of the story because the psychological elements and the backdrop seemed too unconvincing, but then came a terrific conclusion that made me fall in love with Cutting cellar. Chitrangada Singh and Arshad Warsi share great chemistry in this short, and that’s one of the best reasons to recommend Cutting cellar for you. Asthana’s direction is a bit messed up in the middle, but overall it does Devika’s writing justice – especially the climax. In its entirety, Cutting cellar is arguably the best short in the entire series and arguably the most relevant and accomplished tale.
RATING – 3.5/5*