Yash Raj Films’ youth sub-division, Y-Films, never fails to deliver with their mini web-series. First released on 8th March 2016, ‘Love Shots’ promises to get you drunk on an abundance of love that flows from six heart-melting stories in the series. Grab your tissue papers and your loved ones because this series will be a bitter-sweet ride that will leave you in a puddle of tears on the floor as you crouch in an infantile position.
Love Shots brings to life six short stories about love and loss. The concept is brilliant enough to get you hooked on the first episode. It’s not your typical ‘boy meets girl’ love story. ‘Love Shots’ explores love in its purest resting places, in crevices and forgotten corners, in the mundane that somehow hides from sight behind the glitz and glamour of the perfect pairing portrayed on the big screen. It’s a rediscovery of love and reinvention of compassion. With a top-notch cast and crew, Love Shots imbues love with new meaning and spirit.
Love Shots: Film 1 – The Road Trip
The episode begins with two lovebirds, Archie and Nikhil, played by Tahir Raj Bhasan & Nimrat Kaur, having a blame game over wrong directions that led to a crashed car. Their tongue-in-cheek bickering stops however when they see two white vans coming their way and Bhasan whispers “here they come”.
The light-hearted banter hides beneath it a tragedy that rends our heart. The road trip did not go as planned and ended up becoming the final road trip of Archie and Nikhil’s lives as the vans pull over by the smouldering remains of their car and take out their bodies on stretchers.
Love Shots: Film 2 – Koi Dekh Lega
The episode follows the sweet conversation of a couple, played by Saqib Saleem & Shweta Tripathi, waiting for their bus on the bus stand. They flirt in hushed tones so as not to attract any attention. Saleem serenades his woman with a love song and gently places his hand on hers, inviting a cautionary remark from Tripathi, “what if someone sees?”
However, as the saying goes, there’s more to them than meets the eye. We discover that both of them are visually challenged as they take out their aid-sticks when their bus pulls over.
Love Shots: Film 3 – Textbook
‘Textbook’ is a short film about two school kids, Pratima & Kamal, and their innocent love. Pratima forgets her Hindi grammar book so Kamal takes the punishment on her behalf by inconspicuously pushing his own book in front of Pratima while their teacher isn’t looking.
Pratima expresses her gratitude by using “sweet” as an adjective for Kamal – “Kamal is a sweet boy”, which brings a smile to Kamal’s face.
Love Shots: Film 4 – Scandal Point
Scandal Point provides evidence that love has no age and that people can love each other even after decades of growing old together. This film follows an elderly couple, sitting in their car, drinking tea, while they ponder over the memories from their college days when they first started dating.
They recollect their cherished memories in their favourite spot, the Scandal Point, where they used to sneak to during their college days. Sipping tea, enjoying the serene view, and avoiding the cops, they re-spark their love with old music from a radio.
Love Shots: Film 5 – Fired
The story starts with a despondent Nidhi clambering around in her car after getting fired from her job which took the prime of her life and then discarded her like a used napkin. Nidhi meets up with Anand, her lover, and Anand decided to quit his job as a chef.
In an inspiring choice of solidarity with your partner through hard times, Anand broaches the subject of opening their own café, which had been their dream for years. The sad occasion takes a turn for happy as the couple hold hands and get ready to explore new possibilities.
Love Shots: Film 6 – The Big Date
The story begins with two sisters sitting in the washroom where one is getting ready for what seems like a big date on Valentine’s Day while the other plays with a rubric’s cube while making remarks about her chatterbox of a sister. The silent sister, as we come to know in the beginning, cannot speak so she uses an app on her tablet to express her opinions and desires.
By the end, it turns out that the one going on a date is actually the silent and nervous one who is greeted by her date with a rode made of bubble wrap that fills her with joy.
Cast and Crew
Director: Ankur Tewari
Producer: Ashish Patil
Starring: Nimrat Kaur, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Shweta Tripathi, Shravani Desai, Shubham Tukaram, Swanand Kirkire, Farida Jalal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Salim Merchant, Tillotama Shome, Rhea Chakraborty, Saba Azad, Mahit Marwah.
Why should you watch it?
Love Shots is a refreshing and novel take on love stories that transcend the limitations of human imagination. They will fill your heart with warmth and your eyes with tears as your limbs shake with giddiness. The six stories are short and sweet, like shots of tequila.
Where can you watch it?
You can watch it for free on YouTube.