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Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

This September, ZEE5 released a new anthology of 4 short movies named #ForbiddenLove. All the four movies are full of romance, thriller and suspense. The first film is Arranged Marriage which is directed by Pradeep Sarkar tells the story of a homosexual man who is pressurised to marry a woman by his family. The second movie is Anamika. This is the story of an older married woman who has an affair with a man much younger to her just to escape her loveless marriage. Both the films released earlier in September.

Forbidden Love on ZEE5
Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

The third film is Rules Of The Game, which is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury starring Aahana Kumra and Chandan Roy Sanyal. This film tells the story of a couple who try to make their married life exciting again by creating some role-play. The fourth film is Diagnosis of Love which is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. This is a story of doctors with full of suspense and thriller.

Arranged Marriage:

Cast: Ali Fazal, Patralekha Paul, Omkar Kapoor, Dhritiman Chatterjee, Lily Chakraborty

Director: Pradeep Sarkar

Producers: Ratan Jain, Ganesh Jain

Rating: 4/5

Forbidden Love on ZEE5 - Arranged Marriage movie Review
Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

The story of the movie is about Dev (Ali Fazal) and Neil (Omkar Kapoor), who are in love with each other but can’t confront their families about their choice of sexuality. At times Neil gets married to Dev’s cousin Keya (Patralekha Paul). The young bride was worried about Neil’s lack of interest in sex and she decides to do anything to make her marriage work. She also meets a doctor to cure Neil's disease of homosexuality.

Homosexuality is still a taboo for our society and how these two boys are struggling to make their same-sex relationship success is the pilar of the story. Director Pradeep Sarkar portrays the relationship of Dev and Niel with so much maturity. The story ends with a not-so-happy note. The performance of Patralekha Paul is outstanding. The movie shows that our society still very much crucial towards homosexual relationships and it will take a hard time to make everyone understand.

Anamika :

Cast - Pooja Kumar, Aditya seal, Harsh Chaya 

Director: Priyadarshan Nair

Producer- Ratan Jain, Ganesh Jain

Rating : 3.8/5

Forbidden Love on ZEE5 - Anamika movie Review
Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

Anamika is the story of Anamika (Pooja Kumar), a typical Indian woman, whose husband Vijendra (Harsh Chhaya) is always busy with his work and has no time for her. Anamika has a day job at a café, where a young man Ishaan (Aditya Seal) comes frequently and slowly enters her life. He brings back the happiness she is looking for in her marriage. Anamika wants to start her life fresh and wants to move away from her marriage. She somehow caught between love and responsibility towards her family.

And like this, the story has a lot of twists and drama. Actress Pooja Kumar has done a brilliant performance in her role. The story of Anamika is definitely the story of many women in our society. The lead actor Harsh Chhaya also performed so well to bring a natural vibe to the whole story. 

This is a masterpiece by Priyadarshan with a natural appeal. The script is really finely crafted. The cinematography is great as the emotions of each and every character in the film are captured beautifully on the camera. Anamika is a full-on entertainment movie.

 Rules of the game :

Cast: Aahana Kumra, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Anindita Bose

Director: Aniruddha Roy Chaudhary

Producer : Ratan Jain, Ganesh Jain

Rating : 4/5

Forbidden Love on ZEE5 - Rules of the Game movie Review
Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

The story of the movie is based on a couple who spiced up their marriage with some roleplay which goes too far. Here Priya, starring Aahana Kumra is a housewife who has left her job and is looking for any kind of excitement in her life. Gaurav starring Chandan Roy Sanyal is the husband who loves his wife but is struggling to keep her interest and find any love in their relationship. Priya loves to play online games , the mysterious kind.

Anindita Bose plays the role of Nisha, who is Priya’s best friend. She was not happy  in her marriage. Things get interesting when Priya begins feeling like someone is stalking her. To save their marriage Priya and Gaurav try to role play in bed, but this leads to some dangerous consequences. The rules of the game get broken and the couple faces serious trouble.

Aahana Kumra is the star of the film. She plays the character Priya so perfectly to keep holding the warmth of the 45minutes film. Chandan Roy Sanyal does his best as Gaurav to please his wife but couldn't really understand what is going on in her mind. Together their chemistry is dynamic and interesting. There are full-on drama, mystery and excitement to keep you hooked onto the movie.

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury who created the story and directed this film also does a great job by keeping a scary mysterious climax. 

Diagnosis of Love :

Cast: Mahesh V Manjrekar, Raima Sen, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Ranvijay Singh, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Dhanjay Singh

Director: Mahesh V Manjrekar

Producers: Ratan Jain, Ganesh Jain

Rating - 4.5 /5

Forbidden Love on ZEE5 - Diagnosis of Love movie Review
Forbidden Love - An anthology of four short films : Review

The film starts with Dr Sudha (Raima Sen) trying to convince the board of a Goa hospital to onboard Dr Harsh Thakur (Vaibhav Tatwawaadi) who is an award-winning doctor with a dark past. But they are not convinced as he was accused of murdering his girlfriend Kalindi (Mrunmayee Deshpande) in Pune after making her pregnant. But Harsh was given a clean chit by police in this case. Sudha’s husband Vaibhav (Mahesh V Manjrekar) doubts his wife’s intentions towards Dr. Harsh and he asked his “family friend” ACP Aditya (Ranvijay Singh) to look into his wife's activities. Here I want to mention that they have no child even after 10years of marriage. Someday Vaibhav came to know that Sudha is pregnant with someone else's child. Then slowly it follows a murder mystery which keeps you on your toe to know what will happen next .

Diagnosis of Love is the perfect combination of love, romance, and extra-marital affairs. Each layer of the story is filled with suspense.

Here the performance of Mahesh Manjrekar, Raima sen and Vaibhav Tatwawaadi is excellent.The stand out character of ACP Aditya played by Ranvijay is again appreciated. Overall a beautifully scripted movie with lots of drama, love, suspense, everything. 

Being the number one OTT platform ZEE5 never forgets to provide new stories in terms of entertainment to their viewers. Forbidden love is a pack of four movies which are different from each other and worth watching. So why are you waiting ! Watch Forbidden Love on Zee5 right now..

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  1. Wow this is really interesting. 4 short movies under one amazing theme. Great entertainment options by ZEE5. Loved the way you had shared all insights. Will watch these for sure.

  2. Yes I have seen this.. Thanks for the review as I was in two minds to see it or not but now after reading this I would love to give it a try thanks for sharing.

  3. I have heard this is quite a gripping watch. My friends are watching it but I'll check it out myself and see for myself. Your review is making me want to check it out.

  4. I am so thrilled that Zee5 has launched such mature themed movies ,specially "Arranged Marriage " and "Forbidden Love " are interesting.Thanks for the heads up !

  5. Short stories compiled in a one sounds like a great movie. I saw the teaser a few days ago. I will surely check it out.

  6. All the short stories have a strong storyline that seems very engaging. All my favourite actors too. Would love to give this a watch very soon.

  7. I like the concept with 4 movies with 4 directors coming under single banner. Short yet effective storytelling is the key in this movie.

  8. The four stories are very interesting, portraying the people we always see around us. Will definitely watch.

  9. This is one program that an Indian millenial audience can connect with completely. It's a definite must watch.

  10. I have not watched these but all looks so interesting and I really want to watch these over weekend !!Thanks for sharing these

  11. This anthology of four stories encompassing the 4 modern takes on love seems a must watch. The actors are good and the stories have been directed by good directors make it more compelling to watch.

  12. Sounds interesting and something which would beat a different kind of so will definitely check this out

  13. I love anthologies as you get many stories in one. All the four short films seem really interesting and definitely worth watching. Will watch over the weekend.

  14. Thanks for sharing this one it's sounds really interesting would surely check out this on weekend

  15. I have been seeing it a lot all around social and internet. The cast lineup looks really good. And with Ali fazal! I gotta catch up on it

  16. This one looks interesting who are more into romantic style. I am surely watching this next week as it would be a good watch.

  17. All of the four stories seem really unique and interesting! I will definitely watch these and share with my friends!


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