The Amazon Prime Videos new web series Modern Love Mumbai gets positive review as people are loving 6 love stories which will make you fall in love with Mumbai.
Modern Love Mumbai Review:
Amazon Prime Video’s Modern Love Mumbai delivers six vivid stories of life rather than just love stories, with deliciously cockeyed interpretations on longing and loss, assertion and surrender that break outside of the traditional pathways of cinematic romance.
The 40-minute short films follow men and women negotiating concerns of the heart and soul in a bustling metropolis where every day brings a new surprise, sometimes delightful, sometimes bewildering.
Half a dozen Mumbai directors – three men and three women – interpret life and its vicissitudes in the city they live and work in in the Mumbai version of the American series Modern Love (two seasons of eight episodes each created by John Carney based on weekly personal columns in The New York Times).
Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta, Nupur Asthana, Shonali Bose, Alankrita Shrivastava, and Dhruv Sehgal star in the show, which is produced by Pritish Nandy Communications and sails through with distinction. Modern Love Mumbai is made worthwhile by the women, both fictional characters and the actresses who portray them, regardless of the director’s gender or the essential tilt of each story.
With remarkable intensity and flare, Fatima Sana Shaikh (in Shonali Bose’s fifth film, Raat Rani) leads the charge. The remaining prominent female actresses on screen, namely Yeo Yann Yann, Sarika, and Tanuja, all of whom are equally superb, employ subtle strokes to etch out multi-layered, interesting characters. They carry with them a range of emotions and impulses that are easy to relate to but far from simple.
Modern Love Mumbai Cast:
Fatima Sana Shaikh, Chitrangada Singh, Arshad Warsi, Pratik Gandhi, Ranveer Brar, Masaba Gupta, Ritwik Bhowmik, Yeo Yann Yann, Meiyang Chang, Naseeruddin Shah, Wamiqa Gabbi, Bhupendra Jadawat, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Tanuja, Sarika, Danesh Razvi, Prateik Babbar, Aadar Malik, Dolly Singh
Modern Love Mumbai Director:
Shonali Bose, Hansal Mehta, Vishal Bhardwaj, Alankrita Shrivastava, Dhruv Sehgal, Nupur Asthana
Rating: Three and a half stars (out of 5)
Modern Love Mumbai Stories:
In Alankrita Shrivastava’s My Beautiful Wrinkles, a middle-aged woman is attracted to a much younger man. In the third story, Dhruv Sehgal’s I Love Thane, a jittery landscape designer seeks stability by flitting from one random date to another. In Nupur Asthana’s Cutting Chai, the last film, a married writer tries to finish her debut work while juggling domestic tasks and a callously inattentive husband.
Modern Romance Even when a chapter is led by a guy, as in Hansal Mehta’s (the title is Baai, and that tells it all), Mumbai is primarily about women seeking fulfilment or attempting to reclaim a second chance.
Dilbar Sodhi (Sarika) forms a bond with an introverted Kunal (Danesh Razvi) in Shrivastava’s My Beautiful Wrinkles, which was written by the director herself. The lady steps in to assist him with his dilemma. The seemingly harmless connection turns serious. Dilbar is thrown off balance.
The brightness of the presentation lends strength to this basic subject. Sarika is cast perfectly. Since the late 1960s, the actress has been performing. Her key role in a new era interpretation of love that transcends a vast age gap is brimming with potential. Sarika has a subtle, confident, and seamless way of bringing Dilbar to life.
Hansal Mehta’s film Baai takes love in an entirely different path – in fact, two separate ones. One follows Manzar Ali (Pratik Gandhi), a crooner whose sexual orientation causes him to fight with his orthodox parents (Talat Aziz and Mansi Joshi Roy) and leads him to Manhattan chef Rajveer (played by real-life chef Ranveer Brar in his first acting assignment).
The other is Manzar’s undying love for his grandmother (Tanuja, an elderly lady who hasn’t lost any of her charm), a woman known for her resilience in the face of adversity as well as her culinary prowess. Manzar faces a struggle in revealing his’secret’ to the woman he adores. It is the centre of Baai.
Baai is a gay love story embedded in a sensitive, eloquent portrait of a Muslim family in a nation that has seen terrible communal rioting in recent times, and it is embellished with some soulful songs, not least of which is the delectable Kaisi baatein karte ho, composed by Jeet Gannguli and sung by Sonu Nigam.
Hansal Mehta, the director and co-writer, gets perfect performances from Tanuja and Pratik Gandhi, the two main characters. Ranveer Brar enters a new domain with no apparent apprehension.
I Love Thane, directed by Dhruv Sehgal and adapted by him and Nupur Pai, opens in Mumbai’s central business district before branching off to a faraway suburb. There, an unlikely romance blossoms between Saiba (Masaba Gupta), a 34-year-old Mumbai landscape designer who is fed up with men who give her no hope of finding a lasting soulmate, and Parth (Ritwik Bhowmik), a self-effacing but sorted Thane municipality audit official assigned to oversee a new park project for which the former has been hired.
I Love Thane is a story about opposite poles attracting each other that doesn’t rely on grandstanding or dramatic actions. It moves forward with the help of polite dialogues that don’t sound like a jumble of words. Saiba and Parth represent two opposite ends of a metropolitan region attempting to find common ground.
Masaba Gupta is convincing as an independent lady dealing with “self-doubt and humiliation.” Ritwik Bhowmik’s unpretentious man, who is at ease in Thane because the city allows him to be himself, paints an appealing depiction of everyday life.
I Fondness Thane has Parth’s love for good old misal pav, whereas Baai has granny’s nihari and qorma. Food is also at the heart of Vishal Bhardwaj’s vivacious Mumbai Dragon. The film is co-written by the filmmaker and Jyotsna Hariharan, and it stars Malaysian actress Yao Yann Yann, who has appeared in Singaporean auteur Anthony Chen’s films Ilo Ilo and Wet Season.
Sui Mei, a weather-beaten widow who can mix up a delicious sweet corn soup – a family specialty – and create to-die-for noodles and dim sums, is enraged when her son Ming (Meiyang Chang) gravitates toward Gujarati girl Megha Patel (Wamiqa Gabbi), who refuses to eat any meat. Sui, a carnivore by nature, feels compelled to prepare stir-fried eggplants for her.
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Sui’s confidant, Patiala native Pappi (Naseeruddin Shah), attempts to persuade her to change her mind, but her son, a struggling Bollywood singer looking for a big break, is unconcerned. The two performers vividly convey the idiosyncrasies of a mother-son no-holds-barred conflict – which also involves a clash between Hindi and Cantonese – with Naseeruddin Shah and Wamiqa Gabbi offering backing that adds to the story’s appeal.
Modern Love Mumbai Music:
Vishal Bhardwaj’s words and music result in the lovely love ballad Raat bhar hijr mein, which Meiyang Chang brilliantly performs – one of the episode’s high moments.
Modern Love’s Resilience In Shonali Bose’s Raat Rani, a vivacious Kashmiri migrant woman Lali (Fatima Sana Shaikh) is forced to fend for herself after her husband and his scooter abandon her without notice.
Lali has nothing left save an abandoned bicycle and a little slum dwelling. The lead actress goes all out in her portrayal of a woman who goes from foolish to feisty while riding a bicycle, navigating a flyover, and learning to enjoy her favourite ice cream flavour on her own. Raat Rani, a story about empowerment authored by Nilesh Maniyar and John Belanger, is unlike any other empowerment story.
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The final narrative, Devika Bhagat’s Nupur Asthana’s Cutting Chai, is a muted relationship drama starring Chitrangda Singh and Arshad Warsi in a war of sexes within a marriage that has devolved into soul-crushing monotony for the woman.
Danny (Warsi), her hotel F&B executive-husband and regular latecomer, unthinkingly thrusts marital responsibilities upon Latika, an aspiring writer, preventing her from finishing her debut novel. This tale of a love gone cold adds another layer to the collection.
Modern Love Mumbai Final Words
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) May 13, 2022
Modern Love Mumbai is pleasing to the eye and mind because the writing in each of the six pieces, like the green lung that Saiba and Parth aim to establish in I Love Thane, gives the characters ample room to breathe.
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