As the city of Mumbai becomes more progressive by the day, we see a lot of live-in relationships come to life. It is just the right amount of commitment, without having to get married. It also offers a perspective on what life is when you move in with a loved one – it isn’t just hearts and flowers like everyone assumes it will be.
Such is a series that we’re doting upon – Little Things. What started out as a series by Filtercopy, won many hearts through the YouTube channel, that now has been taken over by Netflix, slowly rising on the recognition charts!
Little Things (Season 2) just aired and we couldn’t be more excited about it. If you haven’t seen the first season though, you may just be missing out on the essence of real life romance. The show isn’t about the ultimate Bollywood romance with the families being an obstacle to an otherwise perfect couple who need to fight their way to be able to spend the rest of their lives together. It is about this couple – Dhruv Vats (Dhruv Sehgal) and Kavya Kulkarni (Mithila Palkar), who are in a 2 year long relationship, living together and facing real life challenges much like every other couple. They themselves agree to the fact that they’re not an extraordinary couple and have to work as hard to make their everyday special.
The first season was about how a couple in Mumbai deals with their routines when they are living together. Although a lot of people thought of Season 1 to be too “unrealistic” (the Sparrow disagrees), Season 2 was just as realistic and accepted by the audience, as it showed the real problems of living together – through the fights, the sick days, the family issues – and still having the heart to go back to the other person at the end of the day. It’s the utmost form of love and companionship, the sacrifices and the disappointments, the strength and weakness of each individual involved in a two-way relationship. A raw story of two misfits making their way to the future with the other person and defending each other through all the obstacles that comes across.
It is a show that one should watch for the sheer need of getting to know what a live-in relationship actually means, how the perfect love story will never exist and how the show is with a perspective that makes you feel like you’re a part of their lives.
There are many reasons to watch the show other than just the plot and realness –
- Direction: Like we mentioned, the direction is very well done. Directed by Ajay Bhuyan and written wonderfully by Dhruv Sehgal himself. It will give you, as we’d say, all the feels. Dhruv was the writer of the show and while they were looking out to cast for the guy in the couple, Mithila automatically connected with Dhruv and they figured that the characteristics of Dhruv Vats could only be done by him to match up with Kavya’s energy.
- Background Score: Prateek Kuhad – the Bollywood singer who has been successful in charming everyone with his strings and lyrics – is an important person for the score, having composed specifically for Little Things. His genre is nothing less than what you’d want to hear to connect with the couple and be a part of their relationship. With a very similar approach to an Ed Sheeran-esque.
- Cinematography: There are various scenes where the placement of the subjects in the frame or the camera shifts are just perfect. The intensity of hard-hitting scenes is displayed with utmost care and respect to details. Along with some spectacular drone shots and some cleverly placed cameras, Little Things outdid themselves from the first season to the second one.
- Dialogues: The first season might be a tad cheesy, but the second one absolutely nails it wherever the first one lacked. There is no reason for us to think it could’ve been better. It is quite realistic and exactly the way a couple would fight if they were in a particular situation. The words spewed by them are just brutally honest, giving you an insight of what a struggling relationship goes through. When they apologize or they’re just too loving or when they go back to their normal-selves, having us feel that we are actually in the frame with them. It’s a great connection from the screen to the viewer.
In my personal opinion, it gave me everything – to the series, the songs, and the dialogues. Plus, Sloth Bear and Momo? Absolute goals! It should be the next to-watch show on your list definitely! If you’re single, it’ll give you an idea about the struggles and snuggles of a relationship. If you’re watching it with your significant other, you never know, you might fall in love just a little bit more.
As intriguing as it is and as wonderful the concept is, the reach of the film industry in India isn’t just quite there, so the pace of the show is a bit slower than you’d expect it to be. It gradually takes steps and gives the viewer an ample amount of time to sync with what’s going on, which is okay at a few times but not always. If the intensity and speed were a bit more focused on, it could just be the best romcom show that is.
The Sparrow gives it a 3.5 stars and recommends this to anyone who wants to delve in a real relationship for a while. Or, if you want to get lost among some really thought-provoking questions for your relationship, or get an opinion on relationships in general, this is the show for you.
These are after all the Little Things of life that are waiting for you. Cheers!
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