Love, Life & Pakodi is set in Bangalore, India, and revolves around Arun (Bimal Kartheek) and Rheya (Sanchita Poonacha). It follows the story of the relationship that develops between them and then the obstacles in it. Arun met Rheya after breaking up with his girlfriend. The two attack a friendship that grows stronger and soon turns into an affair. However, the friendship that develops immediately causes the film’s conflict. Arun started falling in love with Rheya and now wants more than just a relationship. He wanted to take the next step and propose to Rheya. But Rheya is yet to step down for a long-term commitment. He turned down the offer even though he loved her, but didn’t want to get married yet. The rest of the story is about couples trying to reach common ground about the next chapter in life.
Love Life and Pakodi directed by Jayanth Gali. He also wrote the screenplay for the film. The photography directors are Sagar YVV and Jithin Mohan. Pavan has composed the music and Shravan Katikaneni is credited with editing the film. Dhundu Renjeev is the art director. Venkat Siddareddy is acting as executive producer. Jayanth Gali also produced the film, along with writing and directing it. Jamie Dsilva leads sound design. The film stars Bimal Kartheek, Rebba, Sanchita Poonacha, Krishna Hebbale, Kalajyothi, Anuradha Mallikarjun, and Akarsh Raj Bagavatula. This film is presented by Madhura Sreedhar Reddy under the production company Madhura Audio. The film hits theaters on March 12, 2021, in certain multiplexes.
Love, Life & Pakodi – Refreshing Stories About Modern Relationships
This film takes a modern look at the relationship. This is a story about two people in a modern relationship and getting rid of convention. No baggage or liability. Nor is there any judgment. Rheya and Arun fall in love but there is nothing in return. They are quite modern and liberal in terms of the space they share. It’s about being near a place to live but lacking all the other traditional warnings. There should be no prospect of marriage or children. The two share a comfortable life together without further ado about the future. Rheya actually started the relationship by making sure that there were no obstacles that could come from a conventional relationship. They are also very non-judgmental of one another.
Rheya and Arun’s first encounter was when Arun saw him making out with his lover on the stairs. In the library, he asked Arun if he had seen her before realizing that it was during making out. Soon, the two of them found out that they had the same friend. One day, Rheya appears at Arun’s house at an unexpected time. She is about to have an abortion and needs a place to rest and rest. He lives with his mother. And Arun didn’t ask or judge him about the abortion. The nonjudgmental attitude the two of them had that made this a difference. She didn’t ask questions about abortion and things that never appear in films. And Rheya didn’t talk about it either, nor did he feel the need to justify himself.
Rheya and Arun Relations and Conflict
Even when the two had conflicts between themselves, the problem of abortion never arose. Because the movies aren’t for that. It describes what a mature relationship looks like with a partner who treats themselves without judgment. The film is largely a dialogue driven affair. Not much has happened over a period of time. We go on a couple’s journey as they develop their relationship and grow their bond. When they started living together, Rheya changed his house. He brought chaos and bluntness to order. She made her home and her life beautiful. They start living together and continue in a relaxed, judgment-free relationship. No questions or talks about staying on. And marriage was certainly not on their minds. Their relationship is far from any traditional labels and very liberating.
But for Arun, the desire for something faster is increasing. Now he wanted to make it more serious. He wants to commit to a long term relationship. What he would criticize and reject beforehand, he wanted to comfort her now. Previously, he would ignore the idea of marriage or anything serious when his friends brought it up. He says how he experienced good things with Rheya. They live in a stress-free and liberating relationship without having to concern themselves with commitments. Now that time has passed and he has lived with Rheya for many years, his stance has changed. Now he wants to make it official and marry her. She was totally in love with him. He told his friend how he had changed his life and how it had become so much better.
Commitment Issues and Questions
Rheya did not accept the idea. He didn’t want to go on to the next step. He is happy with the situation as it is, just like Arun all this time. They both started with the mantra “no commitment, no bull ** t,” but Arun wanted to get married. Rheya chatted a lot with his friends even with his mother. She loves Arun but doesn’t want to stay with him on long-term and serious commitments. Reflecting on that question, he doubted if he even loved her. She’s confused because the idea of getting married and living together without commitment are two different things. When Arun proposed to marry her, he refused the proposal.
This film raises several questions that arise from such relationships. Do children from open or broken marriages grow up to fear marriage? Will the children be nonjudgmental about changes in the lives of their parents? They pondered the last question. Rheya tells Arun that he wants to go around living his life selflessly but he doesn’t want that life for his father. Likewise, would their children, if they were married, be as non-judgmental as their parents about their changes and lifestyle? This is when their parents also take part. They gave Rheya and Arun enough time and space to decide what was best for themselves.
Love, Life & Pakodi – Performance and Writing
The premise of this film is interesting and refreshing. Instead of tired, outdated tropes of love and relationships, this one is a refresher. It selects young couples living in the metropolitan city and their modern relationships. It discusses the openness of modern relationships and how couples face questions about long commitment. The main character puts on a promising show. Bimal Kartheek gave a quiet and neat appearance as Arun. Meanwhile, Sanchita is great as a brave and modern girl who struggles with the idea of commitment. He is arguably the strongest part of the film. Her dialogue delivery is precise and she is good at portraying a variety of emotions. The two lead actors have done a commendable job with their acting performances and of course served material.
The writing is not that special. The dialogue does not fit very well with the modern relationships the film depicts. Lots of dialogue in English. And it must be accurate in terms of how young people talk to each other today. This is especially true for teenagers living in the metropolis. Most of the scenes are of people chatting with one another. It can tire easily, and it is. Even though the runtime is short, conversation scenes can drag on long bits. Camera work is not creative enough to keep up with worldliness. Most shots are reversed for most of the scene.
Love, Live & Pakodi is a film about a relationship between two people who are very different from the other. Conversation takes up most of the time and it can sometimes make the film slow. The main cast delivers a good performance in a refreshing story and a rare thing for an Indian romance feature. Our rating for Love, Life & Pakodi is 3 out of 5.
Here is a trailer for the film;
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