Amazon Prime is finally back with another season of the hit series Modern Love. The famous show takes you through different love stories that are unconventional and heartfelt. And today, the platform released its first part of the desi version, Modern Love Mumbai. With Modern Love Chennai and Modern Love Hyderabad lined up closely after this one, everyone has been excited to check out the latest addition to the series. So, here’s our review of Modern Love Mumbai.
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It’s mainly just about the city
If you are expecting Modern Love Mumbai to be as good as the original Modern Love, I don’t want to get your hopes too high. Because I was left feeling a little blue after watching six stories of love, romance, and reminiscence. The main focus of the series seems to be the city and not so much the people and their stories. It’s not a bad effort but the theme mainly revolves around romanticising Mumbai.
The show has six different stories, each with different narratives that don’t always hit the spot. While some stories are good, some could have been crisper. Whether it is Manzu (Pratik Gandhi) trying to keep his sexuality a secret from his grandmother who is on her death bed or Lali (Fatima Sana Shaikh) trying to make sense of her life after her husband leaves her, the stories have bits that tug at your heart. And then there are stories that are bustling with energy, all thanks to their characters who make you sit through the 40-minute episodes.
There’s this one episode that I particularly liked, but I think that’s mainly because I love Arshad Warsi’s vibe and energy. Warsi, along with Chitrangada Singh, added a much-needed dose of entertainment and impact to the six-part series. And even though the story could have been better, I’m really not mad about this one.
The casting does not work in some episodes
When you watch a show like Modern Love, you would expect everyone to fit into their roles seamlessly and create magic on the screen. But some of the stories felt a little bland and the acting was just average. For a story about a gay couple, casting straight people and creating awkward intimate scenes is cringe AF! Some roles could have been explored a bit more and some could have just been avoided completely (watch out for Aadar Jain).
The episodes that work make it worthwhile to devote your time to Modern Love Mumbai. Give it a shot this weekend to judge for yourself.
Modern Love Mumbai is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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