‘Meet Cute’ Telugu anthology assessment: A blended bag, with two standout tales and the remainder remaining fundamental

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 ‘rooster 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 attention-grabbing, although, is how solely two tales take the everyday girl-meets-boy route.  

In L(ove)aw

My decide is In L(ove)aw that includes Rohini Molleti and Akanksha Singh, whose probability encounter modifications one thing in each of them, endlessly. The section is written with sharp observations of real-life ladies. Rohini is good because the mom Padma who sees her son, who she thinks is resting at residence after a tiring week-long workshop, speaking to a woman. Curiosity will get the higher of her and she or he trails the woman — architect and pet volunteer Pooja (Akanksha Singh). 

Meet Cute
Solid: Sathyaraj, Rohini Molleti, Ruhani Sharma, Akanksha Singh, Ashwin Kumar, Varsha Bollamma and others
Course: Deepthi Ganta
Streaming on: Sony Liv

Padma’s nervousness and curiosity result in each delicate and laugh-aloud humour in the way in which 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 all the pieces from how moms are inclined to spoil their sons, and sometimes daughters, to voicing a lady’s plight in a relationship that feels lonely. Within the silence between the traces, 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 observe these two ladies. Deekshith Shetty because the son is ample. I want the remainder of the tales had comparable gravitas.

Ex-girlfriend

On the fag finish of the anthology comes Ex-girlfriend, through which Anjana (Sanchita Poonacha), who’s irate along with her husband Ajay (Govind Padmasoorya) and unexpectedly engages in a  dialog along with his former girlfriend Kiran (Sunainaa). I received’t reveal extra however do be careful for sure dialogues and observations that appear commonplace at first. If 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 properly.

Sanchita Poonacha and Sunainaa

Sanchita Poonacha and Sunainaa

In each In L(ove)aw and Ex-Girlfriend, we see the boys by the gaze of the ladies and watch how the relationships are prone to remodel.

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 potential bride and groom meet at a predetermined location. 

Ashwin Kumar and Varsha Bollamma

Ashwin Kumar and Varsha Bollamma

Varsha, as Swati, is nice at depicting a woman who’s pissed off with these matrimonial conferences. She has saved the man’s cell quantity as ‘Dude no. 11’ and suggests the closest restaurant with fast service in order that the assembly may be carried out and dusted shortly. The familiarity of such conditions provides to the enjoyable. Nonetheless, 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 akin to ‘marriage is just not a switch of possession, you don’t want permission to comply with your desires,’ although coming from a very good intention, stay superficial and don’t make the story attention-grabbing. 

Star Struck

Shiva Kandukuri and Adah Sharma

Shiva Kandukuri and Adah Sharma

The rendezvous between Adah Sharma, an actress, and Aman Choudhary (Shiva Kandukuri) a paediatric heart specialist tries to discover what occurs when a well-liked 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 is just not new to coping with strangers, typically in crowded areas. Each Adah Sharma and Shiva Kandukuri are charismatic and seem comfy on this breezy story by 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 reminiscences with a younger lady struggling to fathom her husband’s (an efficient Raja Chembolu) behaviour seems, surprisingly, generic. There are traces akin to ‘relationships fail whenever you hand over and cease combating’ which will have been thoughtfully written however didn’t make me empathise with the characters. Each Sathyaraj and Ruhani are actors of benefit however get little or no to chew on.

Sathyaraj and Ruhani Sharma

Sathyaraj and Ruhani Sharma

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)

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