Meenakshi Sundareshwar: A Different Yet Relatable Tale

On Diwali, Netflix premiered Meenakshi Sundareshwar, one of the latest Bollywood movies produced by Karan Johar.

Despite the fact that the film is about marriage and family ties, the project is not compelling enough for you to devote your free holiday weekend to it. 

The love drama, which stars talented performers Sanya Malhotra and Abhimanyu Dassani (billed as Abhimanyu in the film), seeks to convey different things but ends up in the middle.

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To begin with, the couple’s entire relationship is predicate to how forgiving and sacrificing Meenakshi can be. Also, it is in comparison to Sundareshwar’s helplessness and naivety. 

There’s no reason why a strong, independent female protagonist would consent to marry the guy, especially since they don’t share any common interests. 

The idea of the girl “adapting” at her in-laws’ house is vexing.

The plot revolves around two opposites falling in love. Also, marrying only to be forced to live apart due to contrivances that are completely unbelievable. The plot’s provocations—singles only company! It forces them to be in a long-distance relationship and their utter inability to work around or negotiate this deal to even consummate their marriage feel way too far-fetched. Specifically for a film that aspires to be grounded and real rather than a fantasy—feel.

Meenakshi and Sundareshwar’s chemistry is hit-or-miss. Also, when their marriage is on the verge of splitting apart, it’s impossible to tell if we want them to be together or not. Sanya and Abhimanyu, on the other hand, stand out and are a joy to watch. 

Whether in a happy or sad scene, the actress attempts to provide something fresh. Moreover, with each picture does not overplay her emotions. She captures the intricacies of a woman going through a lot at once in a subtle way. Even the part in which she imitates superstar Rajinikanth is entertaining to watch.

Having said that, the film has its own moments and idiosyncrasies. Moreover, Sundar’s family visiting Meenakshi’s family with the maths teacher and Sundar crushing Menaakshi’s palm while trying to kiss her for the first time is a treat. 

The amusement may not compensate for the shoddy writing, but Meenakshi Sundareshwar is an enjoyable weekend watch.

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