Modern Love: Hyderabad Review: Suhasini Maniratnam, Revathy & Nithya …

Modern Love: Hyderabad Review

Modern Love Hyderabad Review : Star Rating:

The language of love is universal, but it cannot be denied that the landscape in which it is set adds flavor. Amazon’s Indian variation of Modern Love is all that defines the feeling of having butterflies in your stomach, or the age of feelings like fine wine. But the twist is that they search for love in different parts of India. After a successful and famous Mumbai version, Manch has come up with Hyderabad version and again it’s heart, longing, love and more. But very little of Hyderabad and that is troubling. So let’s get started and see which six shorts are on offer out of which three are from Nagesh Kukunoor!

Why did he leave me there…?

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Nagesh Kukunoor.

Throw: Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Advitej Reddy Chocolate and Naresh Agastya

Love is certainly a valuable thing, but sometimes love also means letting go. An idea that is most difficult to incorporate into our lives, and Nagesh Kukunoor explores the same in his first short. The pace here is not of two lovers, but of a woman and her grandson. Played by a phenomenal Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Dadi has tasted the sourest lemon life and has seen almost her entire family perish before her very eyes. And now she is left alone with a little boy, unaware of the turmoil in which her life lies. How do you make sure that your heir has a life after you are gone, let it be. Emotions are raw and make me teary-eyed.

The writing doesn’t do any of its characters justice at any point because everyone has a reason for what they do. While the present story looks a bit on the surface, it is the past that holds all the weight. My God, what a wonderful actress Suhasini is and how beautifully Advitej Reddy Chocolate praised her performance making it a moving watch. Shining when Mani Ratnam is in the frame is not a novice’s job, Advitej is a miracle for his age.

Looking for my penguin…

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Venkatesh Maha.

Throw: Komli Prasad.

The most confusing of them all, Finding Your Penguin has a very interesting tale that has been lost in translation. A girl who has just come out of a long relationship because her partner cheated on her is trying to move on. But now she has a vision in life and sees herself as an animal hunting for another. He is a microbiologist and adding such a humorous angle is an interesting move. But that angle runs in and out so randomly that it confuses you at one point because you have no idea what those animals represent.

Komali Prasad’s Indu is a great character though. It’s always nice to see filmmakers exploring the desires of women who are denied sex. The film hits a gold in that department. Devika Bahudhanam writes some of the most hilarious dialogues for it.

my unlikely pandemic dream mate

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Throw: Revathi and Nithya Menon.

The best and only story that brings out the essence of Modern Love: Hyderabad and tells a story that blends into the landscape, so much so that it cannot be told anywhere else. It is about the strained relationship between a mother and her daughter that the daughter decides to marry a boy from a different community. Nitya plays the role of Noori, a free-spirited atheist who wants to live life on her own terms. Here Maa Mehrunissa, being a very kind lady, is strict about the rules set for her by her religion and wants Noori to follow them too. Thus the struggle.

Nagesh Kukunoor takes his time to marinate this story and become the beauty of it. It is about cultural harmony, an epidemic that brings people together regardless of their religion or prejudices, and food that acts as a glue between them. There is so much Hyderabad in each frame that even the food is a symbol of the landscape. Also, the climax is so cute that I stopped the frame and kept watching it. Do I need to tell you how amazing Nitya and Revathi are?

About that rustle in the bushes

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Devika Bahudhanam.

Throw: Ulka Gupta and Naresh.

A woman trying to find love in Hyderabad and her father is following her so that she can observe and analyze all the possible boyfriends/husbands she meets. The premise sounds like a lot of comedy movies, doesn’t it? But what Devika Bahudhanam excels at here is adding a more subtle touch to it. She writes her protagonist Sneha, played by Ulka Gupta, without a moral cop around her. She is set to meet multiple dates through a matrimonial app and doesn’t really judge herself or let others in. Soon we are told why she is so unsure of men and what really stops her.

It’s a very interesting premise that leads to a sad/beautiful ending. But I can’t really decide whether the decision to have someone die at the end of a story like this was wise.

Joker wrote this script!

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Uday Gurrala.

Throw: Abhijit Dudala and Malavika Nair

This one from Modern Love: Hyderabad is the weirdest ball. While it is about two people from a very unique background coming together, what the film tries to say does not translate clearly on screen. A TV producer who is done with his work of creating regressive content every day wants to bring a revolution and join OTT. He plays a stand-up comedian and they fall in love with each other while making the show.

The show breaks down and she leaves him because she feels “we can’t be without the show”, why? As if you’re in love, how does the show matter? Firstly in what sense is this story Hyderabad-centric? Just because of Telugu TV Connect? But that could easily have been any other TV industry and it didn’t matter much.

fuzzy, purple and full of thorns

Modern Love Hyderabad Reviewthe director: Nagesh Kukunoor

Throw: Aadhi Pinisetti and Ritu Verma

Another story that can happen anywhere in Hyderabad. This is the Nagesh Kukunoor experiment. As a free-spirited idea that one person makes a fuss over something that is unimportant and ruins a beautiful relationship, is a pretty idealized idea. Add to this the fact that the jittery is a cartoonist and then portrays his thoughts in an animated world. It gets funny, but not enough to love it to a tee.

There is a pair of weird purple heels and they all cause problems as they are the ex of Renuka’s (Ritu Verma) boyfriend Uday (Aadhi) and he is adamant to throw them off. Well, while it’s an interesting idea, we’re never told what made her so attached to those heels. Uday has never been explored much and it is Renuka who is always at the fore. While it serves as a short column in a somewhat funny section of a newspaper, the short throughout seems to be lacking something at all times.

Modern Love Hyderabad Review: Last Words:

Talented storytellers, prolific actors and a capable team have come together to make this. While the love is obvious, the city it is set in is not. The anthology definitely deserved a lot more of Hyderabad. Like every short of Mumbai has the glo of the city. With a few misses and hits, you can give it a chance.

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