Lust stories 2 (2023)

Lust Stories 2 is a collection of four short films that brings a different story and perspective on how a woman’s sexuality is commonly looked at in our society and what needs to be changed.The anthology has been directed by four skilled filmmakers.

Lust Stories, a bold concept that both Netflix and Amazon have been ardently juicing out, enters into its second part, this time with filmmakers who don’t seem like the obvious choices – With R. Balki, Sujoy Ghosh, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Amit Ravindernath Sharma, we are back marvelling at some and finding the chinks in others.

Characters of the movie - Lust Stories 2

About – Lust Stories 2

  • Release Date : 29 June 2023
  • Platform : Netflix
  • Genre : Anthology Drama
  • Director : Konkona Ken Sharma, Sujoy Ghosh, R Balki, Amit Sharma
  • Producer : Ronnie Screwvala
  • Banners : RSVP Movies, Flying Unicorn Entertainment
  • Teaser Released :  Jun 6, 2023
  • Trailer Released : Jun 21, 2023
  • Run-time : 132 minutes
  • Budget : 50 Crores OTT
  • Selling Price : 70 Crores
  • Cinematography : Tapan Tushar Basu, Anand Bansal
  • Music : Amit Trivedi, Tanishk-Vayu and Prateek Kuhad , Sameer uddin
  • Production company : RSVP Movies, Flying Unicorn Entertainment

 

Cast – Lust Stories 2

 

 Characters                    Actor   

Devyani Singh              Kajol 

Veda                              Mrunal Thakur 

Veda’s Grandmother   Neena Gupta

Shanti                            Tamannaah 

Vijay Chouhan              Vijay Varma 

Seema                           Amruta Subhash 

Isheeta                          Tillotama Shome

Suraj Singh                   Kumud Mishra 

Arjun                              Angad Bedi 

 

Storyline

There are four short films which tells different story and perspective . They are as follows

 

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The opening film is by R Balki where two families are trying to get their children — Mrunal Thakur and Angad Bedi married, but the matriarch of the family, played by Neena Gupta, feels one must have ‘sexual compatibility’ to be able to determine if they’re marrying the right person and whether it will last for long. Balki infuses the otherwise complex subject that’s often looked at as a taboo, with a lot of humour. The short appears to be a subtle take on all those families who pretend to be extremely modern and forward-thinking, allowing their children to choose a partner of their choice, but the moment you mention ‘sex’, there’s awkwardness and complete radio silence. Though Neena says her dialogues with utmost sincerity and straightforwardness, they sound too funny coming from a daadi.

 

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Moving away from Balki’a familial setup is Konkona’s short that switches the mood to a more intense, darker, and deeper tale where women’s desires remain hidden and never get spoken of publicly. Between Tillotama Shome as a working woman living alone, and her house help Amruta Subhash, it’s almost impossible to choose who’s the better actor. The finesse they bring to their characters is beyond perfection. In the earlier Lust Stories, we saw Bhumi Pednekar play the role of a househelp who gets into a sexual relationship with the bachelor she’s working for. Here, Amruta takes things a notch higher with many more layers and dimensions added to her part. Tillotama, in some of the most difficult scenes never looks hesitant and delivers a convincing act.

 

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Perhaps one of the much talked about and anticipated short, Sujoy Ghosh’s segment, I found the weakest of all. Other than the whole buzz around Vijay Varma and Tamannaah Bhatia’s kiss and chemistry, the film never draws you in or has anything to keep you hooked. I was startled to see such average acts by both actors who are otherwise known for their great acting chops and look amazingly good onscreen. Neither their characters strike a chord nor anything they say leaves any impact. The segment starts off looking quite promising but loses direction mid-way and by the end of it, starts to look quite lame and lustreless. What really caught my eye in this segment was the extremely odd-looking set that was created with countryside feel to it. With clouds, trees and houses that look straight out of a kids cartoon book, I didn’t quite understand if that was a conscious choice to give that kind of a feel and vibe to the whole setting, which was highly distracting to say the least.

 

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As compared to all other protagonist in the previous three shorts, Kajol is perhaps the most docile, but she has suffered the most, and fate doesn’t really favour her even when she shows courage to take a bold step. She is just so flawless onscreen and says a lot with the least words. Kumud Mishra as the torchbearer of ancient patriarchy is terrific and makes you hate his character, a sign that he convinces with his performance. Together, their scenes make you uncomfortable and evoke a sense of helplessness. The short very well succeeds in making the point it sets out to.

 

Songs

  1. Opening credits theme
  2. Tune kaha
  3. Motorcycle
  4. Icecream
  5. Dilli waale
  6. Jugni
  7. End credits

 

Positive points

The editing by Urvashi Saxena, Nayan HK Bhadra, Sanyukta Kaza, and Chandrashekhar Prajapati is crisp and doesn’t let you feel disconnected from the films at any point. While all 4 films are as different as chalk and cheese, the editing has brought a very beautiful amalgamation that takes you from one film to the other and keeps you hooked for what’s going to come next. A good decision was even the placement of the four stories. They’ve started off with the one that’s the least favourite of the lot and move on to bettering stories one by one eventually leaving you with a fitting climatic finale.

Kajol and Kumud in the scene

Among the directors R. Balki, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit Ravindernath Sharma, and Sujoy Ghosh, the last two definitely tried to push the boundaries and gave more than what the central theme was. While Sujoy Ghosh gave a feeling of a horror story, Amit Ravindernath Sharma gave you a gripping thriller. Each has brought a different perspective to the core theme. The story and the screenplay by them and their team together have given lust new meanings. While some of them have emphasised on being more open and accepting about the nature of lust, there are others who’ve tried to showcase societal ills via lust. It’s a great mixed bag which leaves you with a bittersweet taste at the end of it (no puns intended).

Tapan Tushar Basu, PC Sreeram, and Anand Bansal’s cinematography are good. The locales that they’ve selected are so beautifully shot that you’re left wanting for more.

The music by Raja Narayan Deb, Amit Pant, Sagar Desai and Subhajit Mukherjee is decent. Even though there is not too much of a place in anthologies like this, they’ve managed to deliver a decent enough background score and an above-average opening theme song.

Negative points

The first Lust Stories was a more nuanced take that walked across genres but had more mettle. The second try too hard to be edgy, with only two films understanding the assignment and two struggling to make a point.

Tamannaah and Vijay in the scene

Angad, I felt, deserved to get a little more screen time and a few dialogues at least.Ghosh tried to build a lot off drama but by the time the big reveal happens, it’s too late and it almost fails to keep you invested. In fact, the plot that’s so convoluted could have been less complicated to make a point it wanted to.

Tamannaah and Vijay shown to be a couple having an extra marital affair are refreshing and you feel some sparks only in that portion when they’re together. The short needed more of a backstory and looks very rushed from start to end.

Review

I wish I could give it no stars! Ah! It’s so bad that it physically hurts!! HURTS! Like most Bollywood. They lose the entire take on sex and how healthy it can be. If you’re wasting so much money, might as well learn a little bit more about social issues and sexual health, eh? Let’s start with how there’s always a need to turn a seemingly normal situation into an emotional drama. It’s overly emotional with Bollywood. Always. In real life, none of us go crazy with the smallest things. Bollywood, get over it, please! We have moved on and will you please, too? Especially, if you’ve decided to come to Netflix.

This season was just a drag ,although actors played their part so well.Much appreciated role played by Kajol devgan ,Neena gupta ji , vijay varma (as usual a mystery facial expression)& kumud mishra are worth watching .

Awesome and very entertaining. A must watch. Kudos to makers in pushing the boundaries. Lust stories 1 set the tone. When LS1 was released, I felt a bit uncomfortable with the show. I was not ready to accept it. But now with LS2 this seems so normal. Sex is a big part of our lives but due to some reason we Indians have lately been very shy/awkward towards sex. Shows like this really help people to explore their own sexual natures. And why not! What’s the harm. Applaud to the makers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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