Modern Love India is finally here and it’s for its release on 13th of May.
Featuring six of Indian cinema’s choicest directors, it is a fascinating exploration of the raw and jagged edges of what it means to be in love today.
Together, they narrate six distinctive stories which will unfold to the audiences in different moods.
Every director on the show has a distinct voice and an ouevre they’re known for—your mum might enthusiastically remember Nupur Asthana’s classic serial_Hip Hip Hurray._ Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh is a standout in Indian queer cinema. Shonali Bose is known for her unconvential stories (Margarita With a Straw, The Sky is Pink). Alankrita Shrivastava is behind the fantastic Lipstick Under My Burkha and other fabulous feminist shows making waves on streaming platforms. Vishal Bhardwaj, maker of Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya needs no introduction, while Dhruv Sehgal’s romantic YouTube-turned OTT Little Things is just an adorable love story.
Thanks to this variation of storytelling styles we have a show that promises to be more than just a weekend binge-watch. We’re particularly looking forward to the creative vision behind the stories filmed by the show’s female directors—Alankrita Shrivastava, known for a number of OTT gems like Bombay Begums and Made in Heaven says her particular film is the story that connected most with her.
“I would say that this is one of the more gentle films I’ve written or made,” she says, on her tale My Beautiful Wrinkles. We find a story of a woman in her 60s discovering herself again when a much younger man reveals his feelings for her. “I feel there’s a lot of subtlety, and it’s also very poignant from my perspective…It was very instinctive because of what story tells about the character Dilbar, where we need to sometimes remind ourselves that it doesn’t matter what age we are but life is still beautiful, and the character also rediscovers herself in a certain way which changes a lot of things around so I feel it was the best title we could ever give.”