Meenakshi Sundareshwar (2021) Review

A simple love story with a contemporary ethos

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Meenakshi Sundareshwar (2021) Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
ROMANCE
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Set in Madurai, a case of mistaken identity during an arranged marriage setup, leads to Meenakshi and Sundareshwar ending in holy matrimony. However, Sundareshwar gets a job in a top Bangalore firm that allows only unmarried people as employees. This causes Meenakshi and Sundareshwar to end up in a long-distance marriage, with some quirks and bumps. How they manage to make their marriage work forms the crux of the story. 

Analysis

The movie begins on a quirky and a charming note about two newly graduates trying arrange marriage system and how the traditional form of matchmaking is still relevant in India. Meenakshi and Sundareshwar, named after Madurai's Meenakshi Sundareshwar temple, are what it seems like a match made in heaven. For both it is a love at first meeting even though they are poles apart. Meenakshi is a business graduate who loves Rajinikanth films and Sundar is a coder who doesn't watch films and is neither interested in his family's saree business. The couple are torn apart as Sundar gets a job in a different city and soon their marriage is put to the ultimate test. 
 
For a major part of the film, which has been shot in the beautiful cities of Chettinad and Madurai, it is a refreshing change from the barrage of hindi heartland films. It is refreshing to see a young couple with traditional values trying to make their relationship work in the most unconventional way. It is a nuanced film with a lot of sensitivity shown while writing the plot as well as the characters. 

Performances

Sanya Malhotra outdoes herself as Meenakshi as she fits the role perfectly. As Meenakshi, she brings a lot of innocence and naivete yet strength to the character. Abhimanyu Dassani, as Sundar, also doesn't give you much scope to complain because he is a change from the usual beefed-up, macho men you see in series and movies. Together, they have ample amount of chemistry and make for an awesome couple. 

Music & Other Departments

The cinematography is clearly the winner in this movie. It might seem slow-paced at times, but I don't think any movie could have captured Madurai so beautifully. The second half of the movie is a bit slow, and at times we wish there could have been more character development for a two-hour film. The music of the film is peppy and marvellous and is the kinds that will stay with you for long even after you are done watching the film. 

Highlights

  • Splending acting by Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani
  • An interesting take on modern-day relationships

Drawbacks

A bit slow paced at times.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes. It was a much-needed break from the usual Hindi heartland movies. 

Do I recommend it?

Yes. Watch it for the amazing chemistry between Sanya and Abhimanyu. 


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