What is the story about?
Six different directors helm six stories of romance set in different cities.
Netflix's experiments with anthologies continue unabated, but, apart from Ray and Paava Kadhaigal, none of them have managed to hit the sweet spot as a whole. The latest to join this bandwagon is Feels Like Ishq, which, for the most part, feels like someone at the platform decided to cobble together a ragtag collection of romantic short films from Youtube. In spite of its pedigreed directors and a talented cast, the slipshod writing in at least four of the stories robs them of any charm, rendering them as nothing but shallow. Other urban-set stories from Netflix India, such as Masaba Masaba and Mismatched, seem to have more charm in comparison.
As is the case with any other anthology, two films stand out here for being refreshing. Thanks to Sulagna Chatterjee's beautiful writing, with a keen eye for emotional beats and LGBTQ dynamics, Danish Aslam's film She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not stands out as a queer romance. And then there's Sachin Kundalkar's Interview, which is the best of the lot. Arati Rawal's layered screenplay uses the gambit of a job interview to talk about so many things at one go--loneliness, second chances, ambition, self-confidence and so on. The rest of the films are, sadly, barely memorable.
Each film has at least one performance that can be termed decent. Radhika Madan and Amol Parashar are assured in Save The Da(y)te, in spite of being saddled with badly-written characters. Mihir Ahuja and Kajol Chugh share a meet-cute chemistry in Quaranteen Crush as Maninder and Nimmi. Rohit Saraf is okay as Aditya in Star Host, but Simraj Jehani's Tara is sadly underdeveloped as a character. Tanya Maniktala and Skand Thakur are strictly okay in Ishq Mastana.
However, the performances that really stand out are in the remaining two films. in She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya is terrific as the confused, fourth-wall breaking Muskaan, while Saba Azad provides a great foil to her as her colleague Tarasha. And Interview shines due to the amazing chemistry between Zayn Marie Khan and Neeraj Madhav, who lend warmth and vulnerability to their characters of Shahana and Rajeev.
Music & Other Departments
The background score and cinematography for each film are all right.
Definitely Interview and She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not.
The rest of the anthology is pretty pedestrian. I honestly expected more.
Did I enjoy it?
Apart from a couple of films, no.
Do I recommend it?
It's really up to you. You can watch the entire anthology once if you're a huge romance fan. But this anthology is otherwise very uneven, and only two films stand out here.