Publication date: November 25, 2022
123telugu.com Rating : 3/5
Actors: Ashwin Kumar, Varsha Bollamma, Sri Vidya P, Sameer Malla, Sathyaraj, Ruhani Sharma, Raaja Chembolu, Rohini, Aakanskha Singh, Surekha Vani, Dheekshith Shetty, Sripriya Iduri, Adah Sharma, Alekhya Harika, Shiva Kandukuri, San Gochivintha Poona Padmasoorya, Kivish , Kalyani Natarajan, DD Srinivas
Director: Deepthi Ghanta
Producers: Ghanta Naveen Babu, Prashanti Tipirneni
Music Director: Vijay Bulganin
Photography: A. Vasanth
Editor: Garry BH
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Hero Nani’s sister Deepti Ganta has turned director and is all set with her debut web series Meet Cute. The anthology series has five episodes and is now live on Sony Live. Let’s see how it is.
The first episode is called ‘Meet The Boy’ and an independent young woman meets a stranger for a marriage alliance. Starring Varsha Bollama and Ashwin Kumar. The second story is titled “It’s Old Gold” and is about a wife who meets an older man and discusses her marital problems. It stars Ruhani Sharma and Satyaraj. The third story is titled ‘In L(ove)aw’ and is about a woman who spies on her son’s girlfriend. It stars Rohini, Akanksha Singh and Deekshith Shetty. The fourth story is called ‘Star Struck’ and a doctor randomly encounters a giant movie star. It stars Adah Sharma and Siva Kandukuri. Finally, the last story is Ex-Girlfriend and is about a woman who meets her husband’s ex-girlfriend. Starring Sunaina, Sanchita Poonacha and Govind Padmasoorya.
Meet cute is based on what happens when strangers meet and discuss life issues. Every story has a point of conflict and it has been shown quite emotionally. Debutant director Deepthi Ganta is to be appreciated for her stylish writing. The way he creates an important point of conflict and ends the story with a proper justification shows his skill as a filmmaker. Deepthi’s characters, behavior, dressing and emotional issues are very good and attract the attention of the audience.
However, another major asset of the web series is the striking emotions that are so well balanced without being melodramatic. There’s fun, drama and a moral to each story, despite the slow pacing that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The best of sleep is In L(ove)aw starring Rohini and Akanksha Singh. How an orthodox mother deals with the possibility of her son’s marriage is beautifully shown and the performance of Rohini and Akanksha is amazing.
The best part about these stories is that they are less than thirty minutes long and will not bore you at all. Varsha Bollama, Adah Sharma and Siva Kandukuri play their roles with great sincerity. The latest episode has a very good twist with Sunaina and Sanchita Poonacha giving good performances. Every story has its own charm and the one that calls you strongly is the story of Satyaraj and Ruhani Sharma. The understanding between a mature couple and how it affects Ruhani’s character is quite well brought up.
Meet Cute is all about conversations and they’re awesome. Lively aspects of life are discussed in a simple way and that’s what makes this series click. The stories have no forced emotion and are easy to grasp. Conversations need a special mention because they are conversations of everyday life and yet they leave an impact. Finally, the casting and performances are subtle, with each actor inhabiting their character and giving their best.
The authors have produced this web series for an OTT audience. So there is a lot of use of English. Although it won’t be a problem, one section can be difficult. The story of Star Struck feels weak as there is no proper emotion derived here. The concept of a man meeting a star sounds cool on paper, but it doesn’t execute properly.
As mentioned before, the pace is a bit slow in a few episodes. The series caters to the sensibilities of those who enjoy soothing romance and drama. So those looking for entertainment might be a little disappointed as the series has different sensibilities.
Meet Cute is watchable primarily for its wonderful production values. Even if there is not a lot of money, the cameraman shows each chosen location brilliantly. The costumes are elegant and the music by Vijay Bulganin is superb. The little songs are soothing and leave you wanting more. The editing is good and so is the production design.
Coming to director Deepthi Ganta, she makes a lovely debut and wins brownie points for her narration. For a first timer, he is very good and has the sensibility to make good films in the future. There is a natural feel to his writing and depth to his characters. The way he subtly evoked subtle comedy and emotions shows that he surely has a long way to go as a director.
Overall, Meet Cute, as the name suggests, is a simple yet light-hearted web series full of lovable emotions and great acting. The casting, the running time and the cute moments keep your attention. Nani should be very proud of her sister as she makes a striking debut as a director and tells a story full of simple life lessons. Although the pacing is slow at places, each story has its own charm and suits the perfect OTT viewing mood and is definitely watchable with the whole family.
123telugu.com Rating: 3/5
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