The Prithviraj-Parvathy starrer ‘My Story’ is a meh story

Posted on July 12, 2018

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/prithviraj-parvathy-my-story-movie-southern-lights-baradwaj-rangan/

Plus, thoughts on this unnamed genre, which finds new ways to embadden an already bad movie.

There’s a genre of Indian cinema I’ve come to dread. It hasn’t got a name (and truth be told, there haven’t been that many representative films), but it’s basically about narratives that have (1) a complex, relationship-oriented plot , and (2) presentation is at once childish and wannabe-ish. My Story, the Prithviraj-Parvathy romance, directed by Roshni Dinaker and written by Shanker Ramakrishnan, is the latest entry in this genre. It’s the kind of infuriating film that makes you feel very, very sorry for the actors. In the absence of coherent psychology or convincing motivation, they are reduced to emoting via Prada sunglasses and frocks that look like over-iced wedding cakes and ill-fitting hairpieces. (You read it here first. One day, a student doing a doctoral thesis on Malayalam cinema is going to present a paper titled Toupée or Not Toupée: Prithiviraj and his Strange Obsession with Wigs.)

My Story is about Tara (Parvathy) and Jai (Prithviraj), who meet on the sets of a movie being shot in Lisbon. (They are the stars.) This could have been any number of things. It could have been, say, a heart-on-sleeve love triangle, but we are never given a convincing reason for Tara, a woman of today, being with the clingy, controlling David (Ganesh Venkatraman). I didn’t care for this plot point in Dil Chahta Hai, either, but at least the woman there (Preity Zinta) felt obliged to the guy’s parents, who took her in after her parents died. Here, we’re not even sure why Tara takes to Jai in the first place. But then, in this genre of film, things just happen – like how Jai becomes a leading man. He walks up to a famously short-fused director (Manoj K Jayan), says he wants to be an actor, and two seconds later, he is the hero of an expensive production. If only!

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