Lust Stories, starring the hot Kiara Advani, Neha Dhupia, Radhika Apte and Sanjay Kapoor; co-directed by four of India’s biggest directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap; is the sequel to 2013 movie Bombay Talkies that presents four short films exploring love, sex and relationships in modern India. I watched it on my friends’ recommendation. I wasn’t planning on watching it otherwise, because I feel very few movies do justice to the whole adult genre without making it look like some cheap porno.
I’d give Lust Stories 3 out of 5 stars for the following reasons
Things I loved about Lust Stories
#1: I felt every single of the female leads was super relatable. I can see myself become jealous and a psycho stalker like Kalindi ma’am (Radhika Apte). I can imagine myself being meek and wishing for something more in a purely physical relationship. I can imagine being unsatisfied by a partner and not being able to communicate this dissatisfaction.
#2 – I liked the endings. They weren’t these happy, universe-aligns-and-everything-works-out endings. They were realistic and left the audience wondering. Which is like what happens in life, we don’t really know what’s going on until sufficient time has passed and we’re detached from the situation.
#3 – I liked the variety it offered. They showed the lives of working women, women from different strata of society, women at different phases in life. I didn’t have a sense of deja vu even though the theme stays the same.
Things I didn’t like about Lust Stories
#1– I was actually waiting for a story where a guy is a protagonist. Being a woman, I’m really intrigued by a man’s psyche behind all these things. For this reason, this movie felt like another Lipstick Under My Burkha.
I don’t mean it as an insult but I do wish more movies where they delve into people’s (both men and women) mindset come about.
#2 – I know the movie is called Lust Stories and it focused on women but I feel like women (and people in general) are more than just lustful beings. So I wish to see more movies that focus on other aspects of people’s personalities.
But this part I didn’t really mind so much. Directors and producers make what sells and like I said before, they did a good job.
I feel Lust Stories and other although haven’t done anything groundbreaking so far, show how far Indian Cinema has come. The matters talked about are relevant and real, the actors do a lot more than dancing around trees, and the stories are heart-touching if not revolutionary.
This phase marks the maturing of Indian movie-makers and audience alike. Though the movies may not be as colorful, musical and fictitious as their precedents, they’re definitely entertaining.