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Lust Stories (Netflix) - Honest Movie Review

Verdict - "Breaking Ground!"

Distributed and released by the global streaming leader Netflix, Lust Stories is an anthology film consisting of four short stories based on love, lust, honesty, status, misery, and desire. Directed by the some of the most celebrated filmmakers in Bollywood (Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar), this film breaks new ground and highlights few significant problems and complications that men and (especially) women face in their relationships and everyday life.

Let's briefly discuss the storyline of the four short films without spoiling anything. Kashyap's film starring Radhika Apte and Akash Thosar tells the story about an unusual relationship between a college teacher and a student and trades with the subject of honesty. Zoya's short cruises on the lines of class and dignity and stars Bhumi Pednekar as a housemaid and Neil Bhoopalam as an unmarried day job worker. Dibakar's movie sees Manisha Koirala having an extramarital affair with Jaideep Ahlawat and also explores her reasons for not liking her husband's behavior and attitude. Finally, Karan's film delves into the life of a newly-married couple Kiara Advani and Vicky Kaushal and emphasizes the topics of sex being one-sided, women being confined to a traditional married life and more.

What makes this movie special is the significant directive it's trying to express. We live in a fast-growing world where we often forget about basic things in life which are important. Like in Kashyap's film Radhika Apte's character expects the same amount of honesty and transparency from her friend, but she gets upset and goes paranoid when he starts to lie to her. Dignity, despair, aggravation and even Karan's film tells a substantial story about how women have the same desire as men and so on. Also, this film breaks new boundaries when it comes to talking, expressing and opening (not in a vulgar way) about sex which is still considered as a taboo in India. 

Centered around four different female protagonists, the performances from every one of them were great. Radhika Apte is the most notable one as she embodied and portrayed the psychotic part of her character tremendously. Kiara Advani is also another pleasant surprise as her character was by far the likable and relatable one among others.

Overall, Lust Stories had an imperative and a distinctive message to share in each of its four films and was also remarkably narrated and directed. Go watch this film as this is one of the many steps that Indian Cinema is taking to divert itself from the commercial genre.

My Rating - 3.5/5 | -An Honest Movie Review by Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)
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Instant Movie Review #16 (NH 10)

Navdeep Singh's - "NH 10"

Positives:
1) Story, Screenplay, and Dialogues 
2) Direction
3) Performances

Introduction and Plot: Dark, spiteful, ferocious and the list prolongs if you ask me to describe NH10 in one word. Starring Anushka Sharma as the main lead, the movie narrates a beguiling story about a married couple whose honeymoon trip turn into a horrific nightmare in a heinous environment.

Direction: Director, Navdeep Singh maintained the realistic vibe exceptionally well and made it look like a no-nonsense thriller by enhancing the movie with few emotional and gruesome scenes which will lift up your interest level. 

Performances:  Anushka was offered a brief character and she gave her career best performance in the movie, the same goes for Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumaar.

Verdict: Nevertheless, NH10 is riveting and a wickedly entertaining thriller which absolutely deserves your attention. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.5/5 | Grade - B+ (A perfect weekend pick!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | NH10 Movie Posters and Stills: Click here

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