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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Everyone needs love. People struggling with poverty have many fewer choices in life. Infidelity is a reality of modern marriage. You can't always do what you want in a marriage.
Positive Role Models
A desire to connect with others rules the lives of all the characters here.
The lives of women, the poor, the uneducated, as well as the educated upper class are depicted here. Indian salesmen working in a Mumbai clothing store display their clothing on White, sandy-haired mannequins with Caucasian features.
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Violence & Scariness
Two men fight over a mannequin. A man falsely claims that his wife cuts herself and threatens suicide when she's unhappy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man talks about his plans to caress his date later that night. Two married people have affairs with two other married people. A man develops a crush on a mannequin.
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"S--t," "whore," and "slutty."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ankahi Kahaniya ("Untold Stories") is an Indian trilogy by three different directors, all exploring loneliness and love in different socioeconomic strata of the vast country. A man forced far from home by economic circumstances falls for a mannequin in one. Two disconnected people find each other in another, and, in a third, absent the pressures of poverty, two people are free to struggle with marriage, identity, and infidelity. Language includes "s--t," "whore," and "slutty," and characters smoke cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a puzzling amusement. The first installment, like the film Lars and the Real Girl, begins to probe the mindset of someone both lonely and shy but, unlike the Ryan Gosling film, this never goes far enough to allow us to learn much about the characters. The man's obsession with a mannequin is both sweet and creepy, played to perfection by Abhishek Banerjee, but the story offers us no understanding of how later he easily moves his affections to a fellow human. The second episode disappoints in the same way, through lack of character development.
The third, on the other hand, is consumed with the different ways people see themselves -- individually and as partners in relationships -- suggesting that the director, writer, and actors all had the insights and imagination to explore the characters further, to a far more satisfying end, making this piece all the more disappointing. In three stories about human needs, we do learn that the simple desire to belong can be steamrolled by more pressing needs caused by overpopulation and poverty.
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