Lust Stories 2 Review: Kajol, Kumud, Tamannaah, Vijay’s Portions Go Beyond The Central Theme, Risk Pays

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Name: Lust stories 2

Director: Sujoy Ghosh, konkona sen sharma

Form: Angad Bedi,Mrunal Thakur,Neena Gupta,Vijay Varma,Kajol devgn,Tillotama Shome,Tamannah Bhatia,Amruta Subhash

Judgement: 3/5

Five years after the release of Lust Stories led by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar, producers Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua Sara have now revealed the second part of the franchise. Lust Stories 2 directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, R Balki, Sujoy Ghosh and Amit Ravindernath Sharma is an anthology revolving around the subjects of love, lust and desire. Here’s what I thought of the four short stories in part 2 of this Netflix show.


Lust Stories 2 begins with Balki’s roughly 25-minute film headlined by Mrunal Thakur, Angad Bedi and Neena Gupta, the latter advocating the need for sexual compatibility for a successful marriage. This is followed by Konkona’s short film starring Tillotama Shome and Amruta Subhash. This one takes place in the Maximum City and focuses largely on desire, fantasy and what one does to fulfill it. The third film in the anthology is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, who has a beautifully marinated thriller on the theme of lust, with an unfaithful character at the helm. Amit’s just over 30 minute segment of Lust Stories 2 stars Kajol and Kumud Mishra. It tells the story of Devyani Singh, her destiny and why the latter is still the ultimate truth despite all efforts. What lies in your destiny will happen.

What’s hot?

Lust Stories 2’s greatest strength is the variety of genres it explores in its approximate running time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. While Balki has treated the subject with humor, Konkona explores its dark side in her Tillotama and Amruta-led film. Sujoy doesn’t disappoint his fans who would expect a thriller in his part of the movie, while Amit combines that with suspense and intense emotions that really startle you at the end of it. The anthology really climaxes with a cinematic orgasm, and much of the credit for that goes to Amit and Sujoy’s parts of the movie.

What I appreciate in the last two shorts is using lust as the main ingredient, but not just sticking to it, and elevating the story by combining this central theme with other aspects such as loyalty, passion, aspiration, greed and betrayal. In addition, the background music for the four shorts supported the stories well, while the setting in Amit and Sujoy’s films were the hero ingredients. A lot of credit for that should go to the DOPs and production designers. The running time is also appropriate, and at no point does any of the films seem stretched or pompous.

What not?

While Sujoy and Amit’s films go beyond the theme of lust, Balki’s and Konkona’s shorts seem limited in imagination. They are more anecdotal than stories. For example, I was hoping that Balki’s direction in Lust Stories 2 would go a little further than the theme of sexual compatibility in marriage, but it’s limited to that all the way through. Ditto for Konkona’s story. Besides being anecdotal, I also couldn’t connect to the climax, as it seemed like it was set up for effect and reaction only. When that comes across clearly is when it doesn’t work. Even the addition of Mrunal Thakur’s English lines during a conversation with her on-screen grandmother (Neena Gupta) seemed forced. Perhaps the intention was to show a modern day family, but for some reason it doesn’t come through and seems largely clunky.


Every actor has played his role for the T. Neena Gupta is the star of Balki’s part of Lust Stories 2 and pulls off her character with grace. Angad Bedi and Mrunal Thakur deliver a pleasant rendition, while Tillotama Shome and Amruta Subhash take on the role of the character. Amruta in particular really shines in her role. It makes me wonder why no one has cast Tamannaah Bhatia and Vijay Varma together before as they not only make a good pairing on screen but also portray their individual parts so well. Finally, both Kajol and Kumud Mishra score their performance in the anthology. Look out for a range of emotions that Kajol portrays at the end of the movie, and how it shifts with each change in the screenplay. It says so much about her acting talent.

Final verdict

Despite a few lackluster parts, Lost Stories 2 is generally entertaining and captivating.

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