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Review: Netflix Original Film, Lust Stories has both Lust and Story in it for the audiences.
Netflix Original Film Lust Stories attempts to unravel the mysteries of women’s heart that’s often brushed under the carpet. The feeling of lust is not exclusive to men. Yet, women rarely express it, this thought is the heart of the four stories shown in over 2 hours in the recently released film. The movie was out on Netflix from 15th June and it is being directed by four popular Bollywood directors.
Kalindi (Radhika Apte) in Anurag Kashyap’s short is a professor in a long distance and open relationship. She is not able to handle her dalliances with as much ease as her husband can. Her experiments are ridden with guilt. Her contradictory behavior hardly helps the matter, making her struggle to make sense of the complex matter of man-woman relationship. The part has lust and also has a story, how Kalindi despite stopping her student played by the super cute Akash Thosar of Sairat fame to fall in love with her after one night sex starts stalking him because he obeyed to her instructions. Because she deep down wanted him to be mad about her in love. Kashyap engages with it and all thanks to Apte and Thosar’s performances.
In the second story Zoya Akhtar introduces Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar), her silent acceptance of her social class and exploitation exposes the deep-rooted discriminatory attitude of the society. Interestingly, you see Sandhya, a domestic help, holding equal power as her employer when they are in bed but not at all in life. Bhumi excels in the role and the story is the harsh reality of the urban people who think their lives are more valuable than the poor.
Dibakar Banerjee’s story is more about a woman’s search for her space, maybe take a break from the roles of being a mother and wife that the society has assigned to her. Reena (Manisha Koirala) tries to reclaim her life, for a while, when she secretly spends some time with her husband’s best friend. While she seems to be prepared to face the consequences of it, it’s the men who have a problem accepting it. Koirala is in fine form and she flourishes in a role which has subtle grey shade. While the men, Sanjay Kapoor, and Jaideep Ahlawat support her ably.
In the last part, Karan Johar serves a delicious take on how Indian men remain oblivious to women’s desires. True to his style, his women strut around in dangerously low blouses while men appear bewildered. The guardians of society try to make the women fit into a box which is not right. This part is the most entertaining one, Vicky Kaushal such a fine actor he is and he delivers yet another winning performance. Kiara Advani looks extremely beautiful and produces a very engaging performance. Neha Dhupia is also a treat to watch, all in all, this web is a good watch. You will not only get lust but more importantly will get stories to think about.
The Netflix Original film Lust Stories is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua Sara.