As if arranged marriages don’t come with enough scares already, the directors of the movie decide to throw in a long-distance relationship to make it harder. What starts off as a pleasant and charming story, drifts into a struggle for not just the couple but the audience as well to keep going through. But it does find its sweet moments to sail through the rocky plotline and story writing. Here’s the review of Meenakshi Sundareshwar before you decide to commit to the movie or a long-distance for that matter.
The 36-76 mess up
Like typical desi families, Sundareshwar’s (Abhimanyu Dassani) family is on a hunt to find him a confident and smart bride. But due to the marriage bureau’s mess up, their family lands up in house number 36 instead of 76 to find their bahu. But don’t worry, because house number 36 belongs to Meenakshi (Sanya Malhotra), and her family is also expecting a groom, so what could go wrong? The guy meets the girl, there’s mutual liking, the family cracks stupid jokes, and then the marriage bureau guy calls to throw water on all their efforts. And just as Sundareshwar’s family is departing, Meenakshi’s grandad fixes the wedding by saying it’s a god-sent rishta. So, basically, it’s a rabb ne bana di jodi case, and who can say no to that? Cue the wedding festivities and some adorable moments that realistically depict an arranged marriage.
Some sexy role play ft. the whole family
As the story progresses, the yet jobless Sundar, an engineer gets a job interview right on his suhaag raat. How romantic! And since he doesn’t want to join his dad’s family business of sarees, he takes the first opportunity to flee away to Banglore to get his dream job. What follows next are the typical long-distance struggles and innovative ways to keep the marriage going. And this leads to every long-distance couple’s only solution, i.e a little quality time over video calls! So when the extremely shy virgins decide to make things steamy over their laptops, they are faced with the struggle of living in a joint family. Please note, remember to keep your room locked during virtual foreplay, and please use your earphones, unless you want all your family members in your room when you are dressed up as the cuffed prisoner and sexy police! Awkward!
Sweet bits with a rocky plotline and millennial couples
When Meenakshi is left to fend for herself within her new home, problems were bound to follow. And even though there are sweet bits in the movie that make you genuinely smile, the plot gets slower by the minute. All the family drama, tu-tu, main main, and falling chemistry between the leads is stretched a little too much. You’ll want to see more understanding and screen time between Meenakshi and Sundar together instead of the virtual relationship.
The movie tries to find a good balance between the sweet romance and struggles of the young couple. It’s a fresh take on LDRs, and in all honesty, it’s a good attempt. So you can bookmark it for a light watch over the weekend. And trust me it’s a genuine feel-good movie because I couldn’t stop smiling for a good 20 minutes in the beginning and now my mouth hurts.
So that’s all for the review of Meenakshi Sundareshwar, brb, gotta do some face exercises!
Meenakshi Sundareshwar is now streaming on Netflix.
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