Filmmaker Megha Ramaswamy is evidently aiming for whimsy with What Are the Odds?, and on paper (or in its intriguing trailer), the movie has all the weather of an amusing teen drama. However eccentricity and quirk are reasonably difficult qualities to realize, as they require you to insurgent towards expectations and perceptions, but with out making use of a method to it. The scope for creativeness is boundless, and the world you conceive has to seem pure and natural. Ramaswamy’s movie falls quick on many counts as she places whimsy on a pedestal over substance and eccentricity stays an embellishment, leading to a movie that’s mildly pleasing, not to mention memorable as soon as it’s over.
It’s a pity that a number of scenes, even those with parts of magical realism, evoke a sense that we’ve seen this earlier than, not in a manner of replication however by intent. One could not discover too many reference factors in Indian movies, however What Are the Odds? is paying homage to films like The Breakfast Membership (1985) or maybe even one thing as visually eccentric as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), in spirit. In these movies, gawky teenagers stay inside their heads, and we as ‘grown-up’ viewers expertise what they expertise, however as outsiders. One can’t, subsequently, absolutely inform fantasy from actuality, and that’s the entire level. What Are the Odds? lacks that vitality and naiveté of residing inside a teen thoughts. The scenes are written round idiosyncrasies, however not a lot thought is given to a bigger image. Even these particular person scenes would maybe learn higher on paper than what is obtainable on-screen.
What Are The Odds?
- Director: Megha Ramaswamy
- Forged: Yashaswini Dayama, Karanvir Malhotra, Ananya Melkote, and Abhay Deol
- Storyline: Two teenagers navigate a day collectively after lacking their scholarship examination
The narrative is contained to a day spent by two teenagers, who forge an unlikely friendship. A 15-year-old woman, amusingly named, Vivek (Yashaswini Dayama), is as rebellious as a teen could be, who’s left to the care of her grandmother and her dad and mom should not intently concerned in her life. She drags an 18-year-old college head boy, Ashwin (Karanvir Malhotra) into her misadventures after wriggling out of an examination.
The movie’s focus is on characters, and they’re, at the very least on paper, reasonably humorous. A person named Amol Palekar peeing on a terrace, a cuckoo grandma affected by Alzheimer’s illness and a middle-aged man who desires to appeal her by discovering her misplaced dentures, a lacking dad who may doubtlessly be a queer cross-dresser, and bizarre older lovers: all these characters have nice potential however none are fleshed out sufficient to make an influence. It’s comprehensible that not everybody can get lavish screentime, however their sporadic appearances and disappearances make you’re feeling like they had been forgotten alongside the way in which.
Dayama and Ananya Melkote, who performs her sidekick, are naturally humorous and might pull off teenage grumpiness simply. Malhotra manages to maintain up with them, however the effort reveals. And Abhay Deol has little to do past flashing these dimples. It makes me lament over the potential for what this movie might have been in a parallel universe, had it let itself fully unfastened.
What Are The Odds? is at present streaming on Netflix India