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Review of “Love Storiyaan”: This Prime Video serial will make you want for romance

<p>When asked which pairings we most like, we often point to movie lovers or characters from ardent stories. However, how often do we acknowledge the lovely true-life love tales we see all around us? So, “Love Storiyaan,” the newest video from Prime Video, is a Valentine’s Day surprise for everyone. It promises to be a delicious audiovisual version of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” rekindling our faith in love. The anthology has six distinct parts that explore various subjects such as love, hope, happiness, and overcoming adversity.</p>
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<p>The protagonist of Hardik Mehta’s novel is Aekta Kapoor, a single mother from Punjab, who, as she approaches 40, falls in love with Ullekh N Putuseri, a Malayali guy. In “Love in Air,” directed by Vivek Soni, two radio jockeys from competing companies—Rajanik Chhetri and Nicholas Jonathan Kharnami—are drawn together by a mutual listener. Shazia Iqbal explains how Sunit Kumar Saha, the “Prince of Chandpur,” gives up his regal status in order to follow his passion, Farida Khatun. For her part, she gave up everything in order to establish a home abroad.</p>
<p>In the novel by Akshay Indikar, Rahul Banerjee, a kind Bengali Brahmin, marries Subhadra Khaperde, a strong-willed Dalit lady, and the two go on a quest to create a better society. In the short film by Archana Phadke, Homayon Khoram, an Afghan, falls in love with Dhanya Ravindran, an Indian woman who at the time resembled his Bollywood infatuation Rekha, and overcomes obstacles based on religion and culture. Finally, from Collin D’Cunha’s perspective, we see the journey of love and identification taken by a transgender couple, Tista Das and Dipan Chakraborty.</p>
<p>Some of the exchanges, within the endearing stories, ring true with genuineness and evoke both pleasure and heartbreak. As Sunit Saha said, “She understood me, and I understand her.” Shayad yehi hai love,” you realize with shivers down your spine how easy a relationship may be at times. When Aekta speaks about “exploring womanhood” even if “marks were getting deducted from motherhood,” you can’t help but secretly cheer her on. Shubhadra then makes you smile by talking about her and her husband’s first “love in luxury” vacation. “Sex life behtar horahi thi and siddhant (principles) bhi” , she asserts.</p>
<p>In addition, although though love tales often include two or more individuals, it is noteworthy that women typically do the majority of the hard work in relationships. We most likely often overlook or fail to recognize this reality. While a man’s love might initiate a relationship, a woman’s perseverance is mostly responsible for its continuation. But they also possess an admirable ability to hold on to their uniqueness and convictions. When her husband makes a joke that smacks of patriarchy, Shubhadra doesn’t even bat an eye to call him out, and Aekta decides not to invite her kids to her wedding even though she knows they won’t be thrilled about it. Without a shred of guilt or shame, Rajani even discusses what was missing from her relationship before to meeting Nicholas, as well as the difficulties she is now suffering because of her husband’s addiction.</p>
<p>Together with her co-director Rahul Badwelkar, Shazia Iqbal stands out in the film industry not only for the subject matter they chose but also for the subtly political remarks they made. You can’t help but giggle at how ridiculous the Bangladeshi couple’s claim that they ‘believed’ India would not condemn them for their interfaith marriage is given the current circumstances. Additionally, as the title indicates, the director-duo skillfully gives its stars a full arc and a proper “homecoming.” We would all be happy to pay to see Sunit and Farida’s tale on the big screen one day (but they would have to perform!).</p>
<p>But ‘Love Storiyaan’ is not flawless and has its share of disappointments, just like everything else in life. The final two episodes don’t have the same effect as the first two, not that I’m trying to criticize people’s personal tales. With a couple from an Afghanistan that was ravaged by conflict, Archana Phadke held gold. We never learned, however, how difficult it was for Dhanya to raise a family in the face of canons and bullets, or whether she chose to submit to or resist the tyranny of women. She even makes a strong argument in passing that they need to remain in Afghanistan to assist in the development of the nation, thus we are left out of a major turning point in their narrative. The filmmaker also neglected to mention how Homayun’s family felt about his being married to a Hindu lady without even telling them.</p>
<p>Additionally, even though Collin D’Cunha’s tale of Tista and Dipan made many cry, it appeared to focus more on each person’s path of self-discovery and love for their new selves. Nevertheless, many will be motivated to make courageous decisions for and with love by their tales.</p>
<p>Creatively conceived by Somen Mishra, ‘Love Storiyaan’ is a true celebration of love and serves as a reminder that only human ties can sustain us through life’s challenges.</p>