Romance stories in India somehow find it difficult to balance the audience. Either the love stories are of the super-rich urban brats who ‘celebrate’ their love by flying off to a picturesque location or the love stories are set in an earthy, rural set up where the issue is almost always a culture clash. Let it not be said that Bollywood hasn’t done middle class urban romances or even coming of age stories. The ‘Yeh Tera Ghar’ song wasn’t Asian Paints original – it was from the film Gharonda, where the love story had a protagonist – a house. While that story was a bit too sensitive, Love Per Square Foot has a slightly higher romantic tinge to it. Here’s our complete review of Love Per Square Foot.
Sanjay and Karina are two individuals looking for a house in Mumbai. But that’s the only thing they are stuck with. Sanjay is in love with a married woman and Karina is looking to get out of the hallowed ‘joint family’. Together, they decide to get into a marriage of convenience to qualify for an affordable housing scheme open for – you guessed it – for married couples.
What’s Wow: The screenplay is frothy enough to keep the audience engaged. Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar have good chemistry that keeps the story spicy enough till the end. That the cast includes heavyweights like Raghubir Yadav, Supriya Pathak Kapoor and Ratna Pathak Shah helps this project move forward at a good pace.
What’s Blah: The premise is good but there’s always this question about why the couple don’t think of going the rental way -after all, so many coming of age films tell the audience that the right way to move ahead in life is move out.
Parting Shot: Love Per Square Foot is one of the better streaming projects that talk about love and longing, at least from India.
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Angira Dhar, Alankrita Sahai
Director: Anand Tiwari