The Romantics (2023)


Lust Stories (2018)

Lust stories are four short movies exploring different stories where people explore intimacy in marriage, extra-marital affairs and a ‘no strings attached’ scenario.

It was definitely a step forward for both the actors and the directors Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar and Dibakar Banerjee who have been able to direct and present this content thanks to a web release on Netflix.

At 30 minutes each, they were slices in the lives of the many characters played by a great cast, all of whom which give the viewer insights about how and why we may do and feel the way we do.


Toilet : Ek Prem Katha (2017)

The repeated use of certain words make the experience slightly cringe worthy, but it is a story that needed to be told. So many nuances of what people face while they do their daily business make you wonder how much we take for granted. The good thing was that they showed all points of view, the government, the people, the society and how it all affects having a toilet. Bhumi plays a girl who knows the need of the hour and is willing to go every mile to achieve it. Akshay is his usual dependable self, rattling off dialogues which range from a shrug response to closing your eyes in shock.


Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

A very ‘sensitive’ topic which was handled well, barring one scene. The beauty here was the woman’s point of view, which is rarely shown. Bhumi plays the clear and focused girl who is supportive and understanding of her fiancé Ayushmann’s predicament. The parents caricatures represent the many views of society. A difficult concept which was made entertaining.


Dum laga ke haisha (2015)

Rarely does a movie come along which is so complete and true to its craft, that you feel you have lived it with its characters. The newest offering by Yash Raj does just that, by recreating haridwar and hrishikesh in 1995 and introducing us to Prem, Sandhya and their families.

There is not much to be said when every detail screams authenticity and the characters are so well written and acted that stereotypes and prejudices parade in front of you with muted abandon. Issues of patriarchy, weight, gender, skin colour are all dealt with in ‘by the by’ manner. It was interesting to see the concept of and reasons for love, marriage and relationships in general.

Performances by the ensemble are top notch. Duration of 2 hours makes it quick and crisp. Direction by Sharat Katariya is brilliant.

Give it a go!