Anand Tiwari directs Netflix’s first Indian original feature film direct-to-video with a perfect blend of Bollywood-ness. If Mumbai runs within you or if you run with Mumbai, the space metaphors make a relatable point keeping your soul intact. While the film left me with a tinge of happiness and entertainment, there’s a grin on my face as I write this. The trailer came across with a box of clichés with “some” uniqueness, ultimately proving it wrong. I wish I had watched the film on a romantic Valentine’s evening in the suburb of Mumbai after relishing time at Marine Drive and travelling through the Local.
Bank employees Sanjay Chaturvedi (Vicky Kaushal) and Karina D’Souza (Angira Dhar) don’t earn enough to be able to buy a home, so they decide to enter into a marriage of convenience. The foothold of the film is firmly spirited and ignited with love and Mumbai. Right from the first scene, writers Anand Tiwari and Sumeet Vyas take up the ethos of the city blending it whole-heartedly – with dreams in his eyes and towels wrapped around his neck like Superman, Sanjay’s character aspires to take off a super heroic dream. The world around him is woven conveniently which doesn’t leave an artificial impact. So is Karina’s character, sprinkled with microcosm of the city, where first world immediately meets the underprivileged. But, the film never makes a strong point over it, it just flows through the veins of love and home.
Just like stories which ignite in the lovely city of Paris, where one might not know how it would formulate but eventually sparks off in an immersive flow – “Love Per Square Foot” sparks every bit of relationship. Building the foundations on buying a house and later on love might be a complex issue, which depicts the chaos of the city, lack of space, understanding and eventually, strong bonds – it balances between cheesiness and with a touch of heartfelt reality. For 2 hours and 16 minutes, I was totally submerged into the world of Sanjay and Karina which at times was filled with breezy romance, crazy comedy and heartfelt bond.
Vicky Kaushal delivers an earnest performance and so does Angira Dhar, the genuinely refreshing pair complement each other with honesty and connect. But, it not only revolves around them but also their crazy families. Ratna Pathak Shah, Supriya Pathak and Raghubir Yadav play the parents with fun and love. The scenes featuring them are ones to look out and laugh out for. Supriya Pathak steals the show with her “Balsam Ben” (Mrs. Blossom, played by Ratna) dialogue. While the actors keep on surprising with their comical timings and never let down a single scene.
“Love Per Square Foot” is a rooted with Bollywood hangover featuring typical songs, one explaining “Ishq”, but it doesn’t mar the narrative. Avinash Arun (Cinematographer) captivates the viewers into an immersive space. This isn’t a flawless film, it’s a well-made film with the heart in the right place. Even though it is a bit stretched, there are little moments which play a larger role leaving a grin and tinge of satisfaction. Considering a Netflix release, this is an easily loveable film accumulating the space in your hearts.
Release: 14 February, 2018
Director: Anand Tiwari
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