Lust Stories Review- Reasons why I did not like Lust StoriesAleena Jul 9 2018 at 1:00 PM
This Netflix original instantly became the top of everyone’s watch list due to range of things it promised in its trailer. The trailer held nothing back…..from India’s top class actors to erotic scenes, we were definitely left wanting for more.
Lust Stories trailer was trending on Youtube and people were hyped for it for different reasons- Some for the talented directors, some for the Marathi mulga Akash Thosar, some for Radhika Apte while most for *ahem* Kiara Advani.
While this anthology is getting rave reviews from online critics for shattering the myths revolving desires, herein I’ll be dissecting everything that personally I felt Lust Stories did not live up to.
Here’s everything that went wrong with Lust Stories-
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The top comment in any of the Youtube video related to Lust Stories is just horny Indians drooling over Kiara Advani’s facial expressions. In fact that scene got click-baited in so many videos.
That particular glimpse raised our hopes to finally watching uncensored lovemaking on Indian screens. But what was shown was tragically disappointing.
Except in the second story’s opening scene (Bhumi Pednekar’s tale), the erotic thrill that the trailer promised did not get translated into the movie at all.
The erotic quotient was dialed down throughout all four stories. Despite the promising title (Lust Stories), the movie does not have too many enticing scenes.
In short, Lust Stories did not fulfill the hopes of a sexual treat promised by the title or the trailer.
All the critics reviewing this movie have praised it on the grounds of being a movie that becomes the voice of women’s lust. Which is not true in so many cases.
In most of the stories, the women’s lust is subdued in comparison to their responsibilities to the opposite gender. At no point, do these women show an honest portrayal of lust.
In Bhumi Pednekar’s story we are treated with exceptional facial expressions that convey anger, despair, playfulness and so much more but where was lust?
In the quest of showing the upper and lower class divide, the story forgot to emote the main emotion – Lust.
By the end what Sudha craved for was equality and Ajit’s genuine love. It was more of a “I wanna marry him than bed him” kinda situation.
The lust here can be associated with Ajit and not Sudha and hence it is unfair to hold this movie as a flag bearer of feminine lust.
In the last tale by Karan Johar, Kiara Advani is seen complaining to her mom about she could not explore enough. To which her mom replies “That’s why I am saying get married” And she actually does!
So she has to get married just because she wants to explore things ?
In the same story, the scene where Kiara’s saree falls off her cleavage felt so abrupt and forced. There was no smooth transition in the screenplay……..
While the student’s mother is shown blabbering and complaining the camera cuts to megha and shows the fall off.
That’s not how a Pallu falls Mr.Johar!
Also, while trying to narrate the entire story in under 30 minutes, the portion after Kiara is caught with a vibrator is not full-fledged and the narrative seems rushed towards the end.
While we have got 4 strong women, we have also got 4 men who are ace at their acting prowess. Does the story do justice to them ? My answer is No!
All the 4 stories generalize men to be of a specific kind- with very limited perceptions. All the four narratives feels hungry for a man’s perspective.
I could not get a closure without them.
My mind was still asking for- What were Tejas’s feelings ? Why Ajit did what he did?
Maybe it’s just me but the second story by Zoya Akhtar seemed underdeveloped and a bit too rushed.
The class divide wasn’t elaborated well enough as it should have been. The narrative was extremely subtle and did not deep dive into the real issues.
Although, the 30 minutes factor counts in here, because of that shortcoming I couldn’t be emotionally invested and hence that tale did not have any affect on me.
It left no emotions inside me. I wasn’t pity for Sudha nor I felt angry for Ajit.
‘Lust Stories’ isn’t that bad too. It just contains mediocre stories brought to life by phenomenal acting.
Apart from the above reasons, Lust Stories disappointed me because it is made in 2018 where audiences are more mature, lovemaking is more dirty, and sexuality is more complicated.
It is more about human traits than lust.
There is nothing about Lust Stories that stayed with me after I was done watching.
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