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Love Per Square Foot

Director Anand Tiwari and producer Ronnie Screwvala’s Love Per Square Foot might not have got a chance to wow the audience on the big screen but it is certainly charming them on the internet, after it became the first Indian Netflix Original film.

Talking about maintaining a relationship while balancing the practical and emotional side of things, the film nails the intricacies of love in today’s times. 

The plot begins with Sanjay Chaturvedi, the son of a railway announcer, who is desperate to buy his own house in Mumbai after living in rented government apartments all his life. Karina D’Souza, who lives with her mom in her uncle’s house which is falling apart, has a similar dream. 

They apply for a joint home loan, which requires them to be married. But then they fall in love. Can Sanjay and Karina’s relationship survive these traps and do they get their dream house? 

The humour is abundant and is, thankfully, not slapstick. The strong dialogue, the punches and situational comic timing are commendable. 

While the treatment of the script is different, the film is essentially a Bollywood love story and is a little predictable. However, you cannot complain as there are quite a few fresh angles. 

Tiwari has managed to bring together a brilliant cast. Seeing sisters Ratna Pathak Shah and Supriya Pathak on opposite sides is a treat. The director has also managed to give us a very pleasant surprise during the climax, ending the film in a way that brings a smile to your face. Another feather in the filmmaker’s hat is how beautifully he shows Mumbai. 

It is safe to say that Love Per Square Foot was a brilliant choice for the Indian film industry to make its digital debut. 

Performance-wise, after the dark and intense roles he has played, Vicky Kaushal’s fun side is a breath of fresh air and proves that he can pull off varied roles. Debutante Angira Dhar is in her element playing a modern young woman. Ratna Pathak Shah is brilliant and so is Supriya Pathak. Kunaal Roy Kapur is good. Raghubir Yadav is hilarious. Arunodhay Singh is decent.

 

Verdict: A must watch!

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