5 stories narrated. 3 out of those 5 are good. 2 out of those 3 are inventive. 1 out of those 2 stars Fahadh Fasil.
Paying tribute to Indian Cinema for completing 100 years, with 5 Sundarikal, is a good thing to do. And I am glad it doesn't fall short of, unlike Bollywood's Bombay Talkies. The standards are different, keeping in mind.
SETHULAKSHMI - The lead actors are wonderful. The story induces lots of emotions. Starting with delicate warmth, it goes on to make us perceive the plight of young girls in India & elsewhere. 8.1/10.
ESHA - If you have watched Dhoom 2, then you won't like the story. Although, the delight & suspense of watching Urvashi Sharma & Nivin Pauly enact a strange engagement is worthwhile. 7.7/10.
GOWRI - The worst story out of the lot. You actually don't understand what the makers are trying to convey. It seems to be a horror story. But, I can't find the beauty (w.r.t. to the main title) nor thriller here. The lead players Kavya Madhavan & Biju Menon are wasted. In fact, their kin Rimi Tomy & Tini Tom are better. 3.4/10.
KULLANTE BHARYA (Dumpy's Wife) - Dulquer Salman is the narrator on a wheelchair. He owns a Mac & a DSLR, yet cannot afford a fine wheelchair. He has a normal Nilkamal chair fitted with tires. Blast! The story looks like it was made up. The story of a short man & his lovely wife from another person's perspective. The dialogs are very good especially the taunts & chaffs of people in a residential colony about the newly married couple, but since the foundation is a tad cheeky & painted, I rate it 6.0/10.
AAMI - A family guy working as a realty agent is driving on his way to home. What entangles with an Arabian client & local gundas is a mystery. And with the beauty of his pregnant wife who asks riddles as she waits for him, the story turns out to express a very good virtue. It talks about adultery, love & care. 7.6/10.
But, the shorts weren't stitched together professionally; we can't know which short is directed by which director until the end credits. Grammatical errors in credits & poor editing throughout makes me take a perfect mean value. An enjoyable watch. 6.6/10.
BOTTOM LINE: Passable & better than recent baloney like Honey Bee.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Profanity: Mild | Vulgarity: Mediocre | Nudity: No (Implied; No Visuals) | Sex/Foreplay: Mild | Violence/Gore: Strong | Alcohol/Smoking: Mediocre
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