We have seen lots of films made on long distance relationships in Bollywood but Meenakshi Sundareshwar
is different for one big reason. Have we seen any film made on a long distance relationship set in a post marriage scenario? Probably No. That's where Meenakshi Sundareshwar
is different and that's the most interesting thing about it. The story is a mix of modern thoughts of a young couple and traditional features followed by a typical family, which makes it amusing sometimes and emotional too.
The film is about newly married couple Sundareshwar (Abhimanyu Dassani
) and Meenakshi (Sanya Malhotra
) and their complex relationship torn by long distance bonding. Meenakshi and Sundar are in love but their personal ambitions somehow makes it difficult for them to live together. The screenplay is a little stretched because the story isn't that big to carry a long narrative of 140 minutes. The soul of the story was good enough to make a two hours film, but here those extra 40 minutes makes it lose its grip. Rest, there is nothing much wrong with the idea despite having old theories involved in almost every important scene.
The film is led by Abhimanyu and Sanya mostly because the supporting cast is too big to fit into long space. Abhimanyu Dassani gets into the skin of the character with no extra efforts as if it comes naturally to him. His language, the accent, those expressions in tense scenes everything is fantastic. Sanya, on the other side, runs a riot of her own. That carefree and happy-go-lucky girl is very well played by her. You'll love her in those Thalaiva
mimicry scenes and dance scenes. Like mentioned above, the supporting cast is too big but everyone does fine according to roles and situations.Meenakshi Sundareshwar
has too many songs unnecessarily added in the final cut. The editor could have trimmed it more. Not that the songs are bad, they are decent but that hampers the pace of the film. Nevertheless, Justin Prabhakaran
's music is good enough to play on your jukebox. The technical aspects of the film are pretty nice but the limit of viewing it on a small screen or mobile phone lowers its effects. What works in the film is the simplicity of the characters and the flow of storytelling. What it lacks is the pace and that little boost of intelligent writing in the conclusion part.
Director Vivek Soni
has handled the script without making any big damages. To keep that natural flow of relationship was very much needed and he knew exactly what to do. As a whole, Meenakshi Sundareshwar
gifts us a sweet love story along with enough family drama on the suitable occasion of Diwali. This one can't be missed by married couples for sure. Who knows, it might solve a few complications of their relationship.RATING - 3/5*