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His Storyy review: Celebrates of all kinds of love!

A rollercoaster story of a once happily married couple

Source: SIFY

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Tuesday 27 April 2021

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His Storyy review: Celebrates of all kinds of love!

Director

Prashant Bhagia

Star Cast

Priyamani, Satyadeep Mishra, Mrinal Dutt

They’re the couple that fawning friends call “too perfect”. Partners in life and business, Sakshi (Priyamani) and Kunal (Satyadeep Mishra), married for twenty years, are loving and supportive towards each other. But their picture-perfect life crumbles as Preet (Mrinal Dutt) walks into their life unravelling repressed truths.

Kunal rekindles his old affair with Preet while keeping up the pretense of a happy married life. But when Sakshi happens to witness the two men together, all hell breaks loose. Hurt and shocked, she has to come to terms with her husband cheating on her and the fact that he is gay.  Sakshi’s response is confusing. At one point she refers to homosexuality as being in a buffet and wanting to try everything out of boredom. She even asks Kunal since when he’s had this ‘perversion’, where he has to clarify that it’s not a perversion but love. Eventually she changes stance and becomes Kunal’s biggest supporter. The switch between these disparate opinions happens all too quickly.

One of the most interesting aspects of the story is the sub-plot of the children’s lives. Sakshi and Kunal have two teen boys, while their friends also have kids around the same age.

In one of the series’s more pivotal scenes, Kunal’s 16-year-old-son rants about homosexuality saying the most disparaging things, completely unaware of his father’s situation. In that very conversation, Sakshi condemns him saying that everyone’s choice should be respected. This well-intentioned but faulty statement is corrected by their younger son (as they rightly say, Gen Z will save the world) who explains that sexuality is not a “choice”.

Meanwhile, a gay teen is being schooled in toxic masculinity by his obnoxious father who asks him to toughen up and get a “hot girlfriend”. Interestingly, the word ‘toxic’ is thrown around in several dialogues to describe close-minded characters.

In another powerful scene, a schoolgirl is suspended as a video featuring her was circulated in school. Far from shaming the child, the mother (a single parent) stands up for her and argues against the principal’s decision.

While the performances are commendable across the board, there is a tendency to keep the conversations too coordinated and artificial. Almost always, a character begins talking only after the other one has finished saying their bit. The conversations would have been far more effective if they were less synchronized and more organic. Interestingly, the banter and conversations between the teens seems far more natural and less structured.  

The snappy 20-minute episodes have obvious titles like ‘It All Came Crumbling Down’ in an episode where everything indeed comes crumbling down. The series, directed by Prashant Bhagia, leaves the viewer with an unexpected open ending.

It’s laudable that a series explores the complicated equation between a husband who comes out to the world, his wife, and his lover. However, the series would have been more watchable with a more organic storytelling essence. What makes the series watchable are the performances and the fact that it celebrates all kinds of love— gay and straight romance, platonic love between friends, and the bond between parents and children.  

(The 11-part series streams on Alt Balaji and Zee5) 

 

Sonia Chopra is a critic, columnist and screenwriter with over 15 years of experience. She tweets on @soniachopra2

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