Lips Don't Lie Review

Logic and storytelling are thrown under the bus in this anthology

Rony Patra -

Lips Don't Lie Review

What is the story about?

This anthology features four different stories—a husband gets a controversial tip from his therapist to bring the spark back in his marriage; a young man searches for the perfect roommate; a painter seeks love and solace in the perfect muse after a romance gone wrong; and a hen-pecked husband decides to take matters into his own hands using unconventional means.

Analysis

The human heart is a strange thing, and it’s machinations can be even stranger. Love and obsession can make even the sanest of people end up doing things they may not think of doing in the first place. Creator and director Madhur Agarwal obviously thought he could base an entire anthology on this premise, and the core idea at the heart of each story packed a lot of potential. However, what transpires over each 30-40 minute episode is unintentional comedy at its finest. Cast members ham for no reason in particular; there's no coherence to the storytelling in each episode; and it looks like a rushed job in terms of technique as well. Logic goes for a toss in trying to justify obsessions of characters in all but one episode.
The presence of talent such as Shishir Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Tanuj Virwani only makes you wonder whether they got paid on time for this project or not—because this is not something they'd be proud of showing off on their CV. The saxophone-heavy score, the stilted English dialogues, the forced sex scenes and the lighting—that makes characters look like there are in a horror film—don’t help matters either. At the end of the anthology, what you have is a migraine, not thrills or chills.

Performances

In this bloated mess, only Tanuj Virwani and Aahana Kumra look okay in the last story. Mismatch star Rachel White's performance feels the most believable in this anthology. The less said about the rest of the cast, the better.

Music & Other Departments

Abhishek Basu's cinematography makes this anthology look like something out of a bad Vikram Bhatt film. Shubh Dhingra's score basically overpowers the narrative at places where subtlety was required.

Highlights

None.

Drawbacks

In a show teeming with drawbacks, this is the one that stands out: characters keep breaking the fourth wall and flash evil grins—not even talk, but just grin—in order to showcase the twisted nature of their desires. It's creepy and even funny at times.

Did I enjoy it?

No, not at all.

Do I recommend it?

If you want to watch short films in the romantic-erotic genre, YouTube would go be you better results. Watch this only if your idea of entertainment is punishing yourself for two-and-a-half hours.


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