Pitta Kathalu review: Netflix anthology is bold but forgettable

Pitta Kathalu movie cast: Saven Meghna, Isha Rebba, Amala Paul and Shruti Haasan
Pita Kathalu Film Director: Tharun Bhaskar, Sankalp Reddy, Nandini Reddy, Nag Ashwin
Pitta Kathlu movie ratings: 2 stars

The Netflix anthology begins with Pitta Kathalu Tharu Bhaskar’s Ramula. It has been set in a conservative city, where the youth have succumbed to smartphones and the Tiktok video is now dominated. Ramula (Sanve Meghna) is a pure centrist. He is conservative and at the same time, he is not. She has a boyfriend but is against getting into any kind of physical intimacy with him before marriage. She wants to marry the person of her choice, but at the same time she does not want to betray her family’s trust. Even though he sounds like a stock character directly from our potboilers, he is not. The way she takes ownership of her sexuality makes all the difference. He is soft, but brave, naive, but not foolish.

Ramula’s balancing act pushes her lover Ram Chander (Naveen Kumar) into despair. Lack of intimacy makes him feel insecure in the relationship. Then, it becomes clear – a break-up. And what later unfolds is a series of revelations, deceptions and tragedies. Tharun strikes a solid balance, as the film is bitter and awkwardly rooted. He has given a comical spin to serious characters and added realism dolls to make it more engaging. All the actors leave an impression in the film despite their screen time. Manchu Lakshmi gets her moment to shine as Ram Chander’s father, Ramula’s elder brother and devious politician. This gives the film a sense of perfection, giving Ramula the best segment of the four.

wife. Nandini Reddy’s Meera revolves around a famed fatale. Meera (Amala Paul) has been in an abusive marriage for almost a decade now. Her husband Vishwa (Jagapathi Babu) is tormented by insecurity on his beautiful wife. He thinks she is cheating on him and he is not completely wrong. His wife’s deception comes with a vengeance, and he has a reason for it. However, it is difficult to understand why the other characters in the film, ignorant of Meera’s fatal plans, contribute to the insecurity of the world. People gathered at Meera’s wedding anniversary party have nothing else to do except Meera. Especially when men greet Meera, it comes with strong sexual overtones. It feels so untrue and forced. Nandini and her team of writers have chosen to feature on the hard work of weaving a treacherous, treacherous and clever plot. It wants to be Gone Girl, but what we get is a melancholy tale of a vengeful woman attempting redemption.

You get Nag Ashwin’s XLife when a filmmaker misquotes Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One plot. The film is set in a dystopian world, where technology has taken control of the brains of humans. Vikram (Sanjeet Hegde) is the founder of the most advanced virtual reality XLife in the world. Four billion people around the world have become accustomed to this technology, allowing people to go to the places they want or visit those places while they sit on their couch. Everything humanity has achieved so far to force Vikram’s reign to bind a group of rebels together. The premise is ambitious, but the execution is disappointingly shallow. The film that talks a lot about love and various emotions does a poor job of effectively translating those feelings onto the screen.

Sankalp Reddy’s Pinky is about an illicit relationship between a former couple. Priyanka (Esha Rebba) is married to Harsha (Srinivasa Avasarala), and Vivek (Satya Dev) is married to Indu (Ashima Narwal). But, in the past, Vivek and Priyanka, fondly called Pinky, married each other. What happens when you put all these people together in one room? Drama, obviously. Furthermore, the possibilities are endless. But, Sankalp has chosen the least exciting scenario, leaving us feeling high and dry. The awkward silence, which is meant to add dramatic tension to the film, feels ineffective.

Sankalp Reddy previously told indianexpress.com that he believes the digital space gives filmmakers a lot of creative freedom. And yes the medium allows creators to brewer and experiment with themes, characters, and narration techniques. To be fair, the directors of Pitta Kathalu have tried to be bold and daring. But, simply not enough to make this collection of short stories memorable.

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