|Directed by||Anand Tiwari|
|Starring||Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar, Alankrita Sahai, Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak|
|Released on||14 February 2018|
Netflix’s latest Hindi original movie is great, if you’re looking for a one-time watch. It’s not complicated and you can watch it with your partner with some popcorn on a laid back Friday to just chill. It’s very predictable and stretches out a plotline that we’ve all seen before. Love per Square Foot is one of those movies that you watch and then forget about as soon as the credits roll.
Directed by Anand Tiwari, his love for Mumbai seems to ooze off the screen with all the shots of the city skyline, rail tracks, night-life and more. It’s beautiful. It’s not easy to show a city as crowded and dirty as Mumbai as something even remotely desirable on screen. Although, Love per Square Foot does a good job of showing the contrast between the life that people want, with their own space and the life they currently have with zero personal space.
The story revolves around Sanjay (Vicky Kaushal) and Karina (Angira Dhar) , two millennials who desperately crave their own space. They’ve both grown up with no personal space, living in match-box sized houses. They hated it their entire lives and they dream of a house with their names on it. Also, since they’re millennials, they’re bound to find the quickest way to get what they want.
Love per Square Foot starts with Sanjay gazing into a house across from his small family flat brushing his teeth. Karina lives in similar conditions except that while Sanjay lives with both his parents, Karina lives with her single mum (Ratna Pathak Shah). The two meet at a party and instantly get along.
As luck would have it there is some sort of scheme for housing for married couples only. As expected Sanjay and Karina apply for it faking a marriage. Okay, it’s a bit more complicated than that with a few subplots but in essence that’s the gist of it. They fake a marriage, complications arise, there’s a boat-load of drama and then voila everything eventually works out, because this is a movie and not real life. Duh.
The soundtrack isn’t that great, it’s not bad, it’s just very forgettable. Plus, it’s unnecessary. The film is a Netflix venture, a streaming platform where it’s very easy to watch something else by a single click. The lip-synced songs make it lengthy and stretch out what was a tight timeline before.
What makes the film watchable isn’t really the plot or the songs, it’s the actors. They’ve done a fantastic job. There are no frills or crazy-exaggerated intense emotional scenes. There is authentic acting at it’s finest. The chemistry between everyone is great and makes the movie feel real, like they have true connections. The leads Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar make a wonderful pair and watching them interact on camera is delightful. Add in Ratna Pathak Shah and it’s almost perfect. She borders on eccentric and it’s hilarious and I honestly enjoyed her role the most. She’s just that fabulous.
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