Ankahi Kahaniya (2021) Review

Abhishek Chaubey's short is the only high point in this lacklustre anthology

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Ankahi Kahaniya (2021) Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
13+
Genre
Anthology
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Three different stories of romance and untold love play out in the city of Mumbai.

Analysis

Netflix's obsession with anthologies is now reaching ridiculous levels, and they seem to be at a point where they think they can just combine three unrelated shorts into an anthology. However, most of their anthologies are very uneven in nature, and Ankahi Kahaniya is no different. Three directors--Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Abhishek Chaubey and Saket Chaudhary--create three different shorts that are supposed to be a love-letter to Mumbai. However, tonally the anthology is all over the place, with Chaubey's film Madhyantar actually being far ahead of the other two in terms of story and execution. The other two films try their best to be engrossing, but they operate from premises that have been done to death, and are heavily reliant on performances. Perhaps, true to its title, some things in this anthology should have been left unsaid.

Performances

Rinku Rajguru and Delzad Hiwale are just endearing to watch in Chaubey's film. Rajguru is lovely to watch as a girl frequenting a cinema, and Hiwale matches here beat for beat as a staffer at the cinema. Abhishek Banerjee is the only bright sport in Tiwari's film, and he does well as a man in love with a mannequin. Zoya Hussain and Kunal Kapoor try to keep your interest as a man and woman whose spouses are cheating on them with each other, but there's hardly any spark.

Music & Other Departments

The cinematography and score in Chaubey's film are the best in the anthology.

Highlights

Abhishek Chaubey's entire short.

Drawbacks

The writing is too underwhleming in the other two films.

Did I enjoy it?

No.

Do I recommend it?

Only watch it for Abhishek Chaubey's film.


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