Last updated on December 14th, 2023
The stories in ‘Modern Love Mumbai‘ are inspired by personal stories from the column ‘Modern Love’ published in the New York Times. This six-part series is a portrait of complex and beautiful metaphors of love. The series weaves different aspects, colors, and moods of Mumbai into a thread of love. When the trailer came out, there was one line in it: Love that knows no gender, age, race, and boundary. The series spends itself justifying this line.
Since the director of each episode and his approach are different. So we thought that each episode should be reviewed separately for you.
Modern Love Mumbai Web Series Release Date:
- 13 May 2022 (Amazon Prime Video)
Modern Love Mumbai Story & Review:
‘Raat Rani’ Episode 01:
The first episode ‘Raat Rani‘, was directed by ‘Sky Is Pink’ director Sonali Bose. So the expectation from her also increases. She also tries to live up to this expectation. The story is straightforward. Like there is a story of Nirmal Verma, and it is happening in the same room. Although ‘Raat Rani‘ does not happen in the same room. The camera explores many beautiful places. Draws many panoramic views. This is the story of a Kashmiri girl. Something happens to that girl that she breaks up. But she breaks down and reconnects herself. ‘Raat Rani‘ breaks the myth of our happiness depending on others and personalizes it. Fatima Sheikh has probably done the most wonderful job of her career so far. If let’s go to one place where their Kashmiri accent leaves, then such performances are called extraordinary. She has carried the entire episode on her shoulder.
Episode 01 Cast:
- Fatima Sana Shaikh
- Bhupendra Jadawat
- Dilip Prabhavalkar
‘Bai’ Episode 02:
The second episode is ‘Bai‘. It is directed by Hansal Mehta. If we are happy, then we expect something good from them. But this episode seems confusing in its first few scenes. All the fun has been ruined in the process of making it interesting through non-linear editing. It takes the first ten minutes to understand what is happening. But as the episode progresses, it becomes beautiful and smooth. Ranveer Brar makes it more beautiful. Till now we have seen them cooking food. But let’s see while acting in ‘Bai‘ and see what a wonderful thing.
Prateek Gandhi has also played the role of Manzoor very well. His acting in the last scene is very good. You can read every single expression on his face. Tanuja has performed flawlessly in the role of Bai. Its fine music has played a very important role in making ‘Bai‘ beautiful. The entire episode rests on a dialogue, ‘Music doesn’t matter, who are you? Straight or gay. Music equalizes all’
Episode 02 Cast:
- Pratik Gandhi
- Ranveer Brar
‘Mumbai Dragon’ Episode 03:
Vishal Bhardwaj’s impression is in this episode. Excellent direction, wonderful music, and visuals would have a harmonious background score. Merging the scenes of the past and the present is a clever direction. ‘Mumbai Dragon‘ is the story of how the people of Chinese origin living in India have mixed in India while saving their culture. Vishal Bhardwaj has tried to show the India-China love story through two people without getting loud. Malaysian actress Yo Yan Yan has done a great job. Vamika, Miyang, and Naseer Sahab have also presented a sample of excellent performance. I liked the ending of this episode the best. It is said that the visual medium in which only visual dialogues are there is considered to be the best. ‘Mumbai Dragon‘ is exactly that visual art. Visuals speak more than dialogue.
Episode 03 Cast:
- Yeo Yann Yann
- Meiyang Chang
- Wamiqa Gabbi
- Naseeruddin Shah
‘My Beautiful Wrinkles’ Episode O4:
It is directed by Alankrita Srivastava, director of ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’. In this too, her direction is fixed. The special thing about this episode is its background score, the best among all the episodes. Some shots are very beautiful. Like the sea and tall buildings visible from Iqbal’s old car at dawn. This one frame wants to freeze. ‘There is no age limit, no restriction of birth’. The episode more or less revolves around this line. Sarika beautifies the episode with her character. There is spontaneity and pause in her acting. Danish Razvi has also acted well. He has faded in front of a seasoned artist like Sarika. The ending is useless. It seems Sarika’s mouth has been forcibly called ‘My Beautiful Wrinkles‘ to justify the episode.
Episode 04 Cast:
- Danesh Razvi
- Ahsaas Channa
- Tanvi Azmi
‘I love Thane’ Episode 05:
Dhruv Sehgal’s direction in this episode is very good. He has made the actors perform well. Unexplored parts of Mumbai have been brought on camera. In this episode, it seems, that the characters keep talking and we keep listening. Its writing is very beautiful. ‘I Love Thane‘ is decorated with long, beautiful, and meaningful dialogues. The episode keeps on maturing itself as it progresses. Masaba and Rithvik have done a great job. The discomfort between the two, the awkwardness of not being able to say anything, they have been able to express everything very well. ‘I Love Thane‘ has a pleasant ending and could have been its best ending.
Episode 05 Cast:
- Masaba Gupta
- Ritwik Bhowmik
- Prateik Babbar
- Aadar Malik
- Dolly Singh
‘Cutting Chai’ Episode 06:
The episode begins. Looks like something interesting will happen now. But it didn’t happen. The railway station sequence gets boring after a while. There is no change in the physical appearance of Arshad Warsi and Chitrangada Singh from 17 years ago. Nupur Asthana has tried to show the truth of the husband-wife relationship through ‘Cutting Chai‘. His approach is theatrical. Looks like a play is going on in front of you. In between, people start singing, and the lighting changes. You want to see more of Arshad’s character. But the entire focus remains on the character of Chitrangada. What if the sequence is good. There is a lack of tightness in both the direction and writing departments of this episode.
Episode 06 Cast:
- Chitrangda Singh
- Arshad Warsi
In the end, all the stories connect in some way or the other and execute themselves. It’s nice to mix up stories. Suddenly laughter comes to my face. Modern Love Mumbai is completely the story of Mumbai. The city also has a role in this. There is also a dialogue at the end: ‘This city gives me hope’. If you want to enjoy ‘Modern Love’ to the fullest, then you have to go close to it. Come near and stop and feel it.
Modern Love Mumbai Web Series Trailer:
Modern Love Mumbai Web Series Rating:
- 3 / 5 (⭐⭐⭐)
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