Uljhe Hue Review: Sanjana Sanghi, Abhay Verma’s Short Film Leaves Smiles With Its Subtle And Warm Romance
To throw: Sanjana Sanghi, Abhay Verma
Director: Satish Raj Kasireddi
Steam cooking activated: Amazon MiniTV
“Utna bhi naya nahi hai (it’s not that new),” Varun tells Rasika as the latter complains about online dating, “the cool new thing.” Although the concept of online dating is no longer new, director Satish Raj Kasireddi’s treatment of it is both fresh and fun. After Rasika Krishnan, played by Sanjana Sanghi, stands in a theatre, she crosses paths with Varun Khanna played by Abhay Verma, a charming young man, himself on a date at the cinema. An awkward chance encounter leads to conversations, smiles, the start of a friendship, and more.
The story of Uljhe Hue is by Ida Ali, daughter of the filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, while the script is written by Ida and Satish. The short film effectively explores the tricky world of new-age dating where cute pictures and eye-catching biographies drive love life, and every dinner date or movie date can turn out to be an adventurous or frightening discovery about the other person. or on oneself. While some become friends and lovers, others are just funny anecdotes you tell strangers on a popcorn and soda counter in a theater.
Sanjana and Abhay strike a chord with the charm, goofy smiles and innocence they bring to the screen. The two are instantly friendly and create a chemistry together that is sure to leave you smiling and feeling fuzzy inside. Sanjana and Abhay’s contrasting costumes complement their characters’ personalities perfectly. While a shy Rasika keeps it vibrant with bright colors and prints, a confident and funny Varun is all about solids and neutrals. Cinematographer Lakhan Rathore adds to the feel-good narrative by playing with highlights and sharp shots.
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Finally, Melissa Srivastava and Osho Jain’s melodious vocals make Ida Ali and Satish Raj Kasireddi’s short dreamy and lyrical, and you might find yourself googling the songs as the end credits roll.
Uljhe Hue is the perfect watch this Valentine’s week if you want to keep it light, short and sweet. Watch it on Amazon Mini TV.
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