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Ankahi Kahaniya

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Three stories about the lonely searching for love; language.

Movie NR 2021 110 minutes
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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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