Lust Stories 2 movie review (2023)
The anthology film opens with R Balki’s ‘Made for Each Other,’ which fearlessly delves into sexual compatibility, challenging societal taboos on premarital sex and candidly addressing sexual desires after marriage. Protagonists Veda (Mrunal Thakur) and Arjun (Angad Bedi) believe they are destined for each other and plan to marry. However, a candid question from Veda’s cool and open-minded daadi (Neena Gupta) about their sexual experience leaves the room in silence. Daadi takes charge, unapologetically stating that “sex is important for love,” stealing the show with her quirky yet profound dialogues. Mrunal and Angad deliver convincing performances, but Neena Gupta’s portrayal stands out as the highlight of the film.
Next, ‘The Mirror,’ directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, introduces Isheeta (Tillotama Shome), a woman yearning for intimacy in her mundane life. A surprising encounter with her domestic help engaging in a sexual act on her bed leads Isheeta on an unconventional journey of pleasure through voyeurism. The segment powerfully portrays Isheeta’s desires and the complexities that arise from her unique reaction. While the story expertly delves into her inner world, the ending feels somewhat stretched, focusing on the unspoken connections between Isheeta and her domestic help, Seema (Amruta Subhash).
Sujoy Ghosh‘s ‘Sex With Ex’ uses the classic song “Jab koi Baat Bigad Jaaye” to set the tone as the protagonist, David Chauhan (Vijay Varma), reunites unexpectedly with his long-presumed-dead ex-wife, Shanti (Tamannaah Bhatia). The story gracefully explores their renewed connection, evoking a sense of longing, passion, and the possibilities in rekindling a lost love. Tamannaah and Vijay’s performances skillfully portray the complexity and intensity of their relationship, making the segment a compelling watch.
The final chapter titled ‘Tilchatta (meaning cockroach),’ directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, takes a dark and poignant turn. Devyani (Kajol), a woman trapped in an abusive marriage with her alcoholic and perverted husband Suraj Singh (Kumud Mishra), endures the tragedy of marital rape. Kajol’s poignant portrayal of Devyani evokes empathy, while Kumud Mishra effectively embodies the repulsive nature of his character. The segment showcases the harsh realities of sexual abuse within marriage and leaves a lasting impact on viewers. The unpredictable and satisfying climax gives a fitting end to the anthology.
The anthology, helmed by different directors, bravely explores various facets of female pleasure and the complexities of desire and intimacy. By fearlessly addressing these topics, the film aims to spark conversations about sexuality and gender, shedding light on the significance of acknowledging and honoring women’s desires. The film is watchable for its sincere efforts and compelling performances, making it a thought-provoking addition to the cinematic landscape.
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