Within the Telugu anthology Meet Cute, streaming on Sony Liv, debut author and director Deepthi Ganta narrates 5 tales which are designed to be conversational, feel-good city romances. The tales that stand out are those that transcend the generic ‘chicken soup for the soul’ class. It’s a blended bag, as is the case with a number of anthologies occupying the digital area. What’s fascinating, although, is how solely two tales take the standard girl-meets-boy route.
My choose is In L(ove)aw that includes Rohini Molleti and Akanksha Singh, whose likelihood encounter modifications one thing in each of them, without end. The phase is written with sharp observations of real-life ladies. Rohini is sensible because the mom Padma who sees her son, who she thinks is resting at house after a tiring week-long workshop, speaking to a lady. Curiosity will get the higher of her and he or she trails the woman — architect and pet volunteer Pooja (Akanksha Singh).
Forged: Sathyaraj, Rohini Molleti, Ruhani Sharma, Akanksha Singh, Ashwin Kumar, Varsha Bollamma and others
Path: Deepthi Ganta
Streaming on: Sony Liv
Padma’s nervousness and curiosity result in each delicate and laugh-aloud humour in the best way she scrutinises Pooja, as if holding a mirror to social tendencies. When the dialog will get going, the layers start to peel and we get a better glimpse of each the ladies.
The drama probes every little thing from how moms are likely to spoil their sons, and infrequently daughters, to voicing a lady’s plight in a relationship that feels lonely. Within the silence between the strains, Rohini conveys volumes with only a look and a twitch, and Akanksha Singh tries to match her, internalising each her previous angst and the enjoyment on the prospect of a greater tomorrow and conveying the feelings successfully. It’s a pleasure to look at these two ladies. Deekshith Shetty because the son is enough. I want the remainder of the tales had comparable gravitas.
On the fag finish of the anthology comes Ex-girlfriend, through which Anjana (Sanchita Poonacha), who’s irate together with her husband Ajay (Govind Padmasoorya) and unexpectedly engages in a dialog along with his former girlfriend Kiran (Sunainaa). I gained’t reveal extra however do be careful for sure dialogues and observations that appear commonplace at first. While you look again, a few of them seem extra considerate and befitting. Deepthi springs a shock in the direction of the top, transferring away from the in any other case cheery, sunny tales within the anthology. Sanchita and Sunainaa, portraying contrasting personalities, enact their elements nicely.
In each In L(ove)aw and Ex-Girlfriend, we see the lads via the gaze of the ladies and watch how the relationships are prone to rework.
Meet the Boy
The 2 tales that fall into the girl-meets-boy meet-cute format are Meet the Boy starring Varsha Bollamma and Ashwin Kumar Lakshmikanthan and Star Struck that includes Adah Sharma and Shiva Kandukuri. The primary one is a modern-day pelli choopulu whereby the possible bride and groom meet at a predetermined location.
Varsha, as Swati, is nice at depicting a lady who’s pissed off with these matrimonial conferences. She has saved the man’s cellular quantity as ‘Dude no. 11’ and suggests the closest restaurant with fast service in order that the assembly could be finished and dusted shortly. The familiarity of such conditions provides to the enjoyable. Nevertheless, the story loses steam shortly. Ashwin turns in a captivating efficiency as Abhi, and the whole backstory he narrates displays his sensibilities however stays simply fundamental. Traces comparable to ‘marriage is not a transfer of ownership, you don’t want permission to comply with your desires,’ although coming from intention, stay superficial and don’t make the story fascinating.
The rendezvous between Adah Sharma, an actress, and Aman Choudhary (Shiva Kandukuri) a paediatric heart specialist tries to discover what occurs when a preferred actress will get the area to be herself, away from the starry gaze. In a fleeting second, the story tries to depict how the protection intuition of a feminine actor kicks in, since she shouldn’t be new to coping with strangers, typically in crowded areas. Each Adah Sharma and Shiva Kandukuri are charismatic and seem relaxed on this breezy story via which Deepthi ideas her hat to Notting Hill. Star Struck isn’t distinctive, however manages to carry curiosity.
Previous is Gold
A narrative that had potential however falls woefully quick is Previous is Gold, starring Sathyaraj and Ruhani Sharma. A cosmopolitan-wise aged man sharing bittersweet relationship recollections with a younger girl struggling to fathom her husband’s (an efficient Raja Chembolu) behaviour seems, surprisingly, generic. There are strains comparable to ‘relationships fail when you give up and stop fighting’ that will have been thoughtfully written however didn’t make me empathise with the characters. Each Sathyaraj and Ruhani are actors of advantage however get little or no to chew on.
The songs by Krishna Kanth, composed by Vijay Bulganin, act as a foil to the tales. Vasanth Kumar’s cinematography and Avinash Kolla’s manufacturing design additionally deserve a point out.
Meet Cute has its moments. If solely it had probed extra into every story, because it did with In L(ove)aw and Ex-girlfriend, it could have been extra worthwhile.
( Meet Cute is streaming on Sony Liv)