So Netflix has been getting a lot of shit for the movies they have produced lately. Bright was underwhelming and The Cloverfield Paradox was a complete mess. Did Love Per Square Foot break the curse that every Netflix production seems to be plagued with? Not really. No.
This movie is written and directed by Anand Tiwari and stars Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar. It’s about two people who are looking for a house of their own in Mumbai for their own separate reasons. They decide to fake being in a marriage in order to enter a lottery, the prize of which is joint ownership of a flat.
The performances are pretty good actually. The actors do the best they can with the script they are given and they make the movie tolerable.
There is just one sequence where the comedy is really effective and the payoff to that subplot is extremely effective.
Also, this movie features the most unexpected cameo in the history of film. Stan Lee should recognise superiority. Watch the first five minutes and the last five minutes of the movie and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
That’s pretty much it. The story is pretty simple and doesn’t do anything new with the Romcom genre. The film manages to establish the two lead characters extremely well in the first half hour but goes nowhere after that. The rest of the movie is just a struggle to get to a very predictable end.
There is a bunch of lazy writing and the weakest part of the story is the relationship the two leads share. The way they relationship kicks off is so rushed and unearned. There were four of us watching this movie at three in the morning and every once in a while, the bad writing would make us yell “AISE NAHI HOTA HAI ASAL MEIN!” at the screen.
None of the background scores fit into the movie at all. This movie has three song sequences even though it really didn’t need any. It has subplots that go nowhere and long predictable scenes that rarely add nothing to the movie. All of this makes the movie two hours long even though it barely has enough material to fill a ninety-minute runtime. If the movie was better written and edited, it could have been a fun one time watch with fresh performances. But the movie so long and takes itself way too seriously. You’d think that an established comic like Anand Tiwari would be better at recognising the ridiculousness of a love story like this one. Instead, the movie just runs on autopilot till it eventually ends.
The only thing worth salvaging from this movie is the cameo at the end of the film. So check it out if you hate yourself and love making fun of bad movies.