Odd and Strange
50%Overall Score

Streaming on Netflix

We may not be sure about the fate of this lockdown but we can take solace in the fact that we definitely know – Abhay Deol doesn’t do garden variety movies. They are appealing and pique our interest. So naturally, we went in with high expectations and that’s partly on us. The story begins with Vivek (Yashaswini Dayama), who blows off her scholarship examination and is incidentally accompanied by the head boy Ashwin (Karanvir Malhotra). They both play hooky and set out on a weird adventure, for the lack of a more appropriate word. It is revealed over the course of the story that Vivek is an aspiring musician and a good one at that. She takes Ashwin home and they hang out at her place where Ashwin finds out a thing or two about Vivek, like her father left her 12 years ago and she lives with her grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

So quirky it can be a brief for a copywriter

There’s “quirky” and there’s “pretentious” and What Are The Odds settles dangerously close to the latter. A few idiosyncratic episodes gel seamlessly into the movie while a few others seem forced and aggressively weird. TLDR; a series of strange encounters is interrupted by a random bearded man in a bear costume giving out a heartfelt bear hug.

Music redeems all

The right soundtrack and songs make it easier for us to relate to even the most abstract scenes. The movie’s music is simple and terribly beautiful. Not only does it go with the vibe of the movie but is also pretty super.

Brother Vivek FTW

Yashasvini Dayama is impressive and nuanced as a teenage girl with “daddy issues”. She’s the epitome of the weird girl trope and yet she’s not formulaic at all. Apart from her, Abhay Deol’s Val is charismatic albeit a bit rushed and two-dimensional.

WATCH OR NOT
Go in with high expectations and you will be frustrated. However, if you can muster up some suspended disbelief and couple it with intense boredom, the film’s not that bad.

Director: Megha Ramaswamy
Writer: Megha Ramaswamy
Cast: Yashaswini Dayama, Karanvir Malhotra, Abhay Deol
Streaming on: Netflix
Language: English and Hindi