Meenakshi Sundareshwar on Netflix has the potential to be a stellar new generation love story but gets trapped in being sweet, cheesy and stereotypical.
We’re living in a time when the work culture and the constant hustle make it harder for couples to maintain a balance in their romantic endeavors. But what happens when you’re entering an arranged marriage and you need time to get to know each other and instead you go into a long-distance relationship? That’s the crux of Meenakshi Sundareshwar on Netflix and unfortunately, the film doesn’t go anywhere beyond the concept. It’s a sweet and cute film but it doesn’t really explore the depth of the concept it has picked up. While it stereotyped South Indians, it also featured breathtaking cinematography and beautifully composed music.
The story follows Meenakshi (Sanya Malhotra), a sweet, bubbly, and confident woman who is willingly entering into an arranged marriage with expectations of companionship, honesty, sexual adventure, and magic. Whereas Sundareshwar (Abhimanyu Dassani) is an understated minimal man who wants to do something big in the engineering field and doesn’t want to join his family business of sarees. By the mythical match of their names, the wrong meeting turns into a right one and they get married. But Sundareshwar needs to move to Bangalore a day after the wedding. What follows is a season of long-distance with some masti at the start and a lot of being alone while dealing with troubles together from different cities.
The film’s strength lies in its music, camerawork, and the subtle acting of its actors because the script doesn’t have much to offer in terms of story. DOP Debojeet Ray captures the beauty and the picturesque elements of South India. And with soulful music to support the camerawork, the film uplifts much more in scale that the script didn’t have the power to do. Sanya and Abhimanyu‘s subtle acting uplifts the film especially Sanya’s expressions. Vivek Soni with co-writer Aarsh Vora seems to be stuck with the way old romantic drama used to unfold and brings in desperate measures like nosy relatives, and jealous colleagues which were completely unnecessary.
But that’s enough from us, let’s look at what the janta is saying about Meenakshi Sundareshwar that’s currently streaming on Netflix!
I don’t know the last time a film that made me so mad— Raunaq Mangottil (@RaunaqMangottil) November 8, 2021
There’s so much effort gone into a few things, and not a single fuck given for what’s most important: make a film about Tamilians that we could be proud of😡😡😡
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