15 July 2018 | freshruIns
A sad waste of amazing resources
Provided that the creators of 'My Story' had the potential and resources they did, I was surprised to see that this movie turned out to be shockingly disappointing. They had two great lead actors, a cinematographer who made every frame look gorgeous and ample amount of money (to shoot in Portugal, get some nice drone shots, good looking extras etc.). Also, I was excited to see 'My Story', as the movie claimed to have a strong female character as the protagonist, and was directed by a woman (Roshni Dinaker).
However, to my dismay, the whole 2 hour 19 minutes of the film consisted of heavily tacky direction, a questionably cliché and illogical plot, and a work of editing so disorienting that it felt ironic to call it 'editing'. Also, for even more irony, 'story' of 'My Story' was so painfully unsound and banal.
On social media, many folks were posting hate-speech towards Parvathy for doing kissing the lead actor, and putting all the blame on her for the doom of the movie. That's just so damn sad. She is just an actor just doing her job and her morality is none of our (or anyone except her) business. Parvathy is a talented actor and in this case, like any actor she performed poorly when she was poorly (in this case so poorly) directed. Parvathy and Prithviraj gave just plain bad performances on terms of acting, because the narrative, direction and the whole vision of 'My Story' were so incoherent. Maybe with better direction and editing, this movie might appeal to Telugu/Kannada audience, but for a regular movie-goer in Kerala, this story is just straight up unrelatable.
Despite the social media hate, to me the most sane and seemingly human part of the movie was 'the kiss'. Prior to this, I've never seen characters kissing each other in a mainstream Malayalam movie, as 'kissing' or display of physical intimacy in films is extremely frowned upon in Kerala. So kudos to the creators of 'My Story' for making that cut through The Censor Board. It's really brave and I hope eventually this stigma associated with kissing dies off in the industry.