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Love Movie Ending Explained: Decoding the Confusing, Complicated Climax of Shine Tom Chacko, Rajisha Vijayan’s Malayalam Film on Netflix (SPOILER ALERT)

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director Khalid Rahman, who won our hearts with Anuraga Karikkin Vellam and Unda, has come out with his new directorial, Love, that is as complicated as the meaning of its title. After a brief theatrical run, Love has released on Netflix, where the film has turned into a talking point among the viewers for its complex narrative, themes of domestic violence and its baffling sense of mystery. Starring Shine Tom Chacko and Rajisha Vijayan in the lead, Love has them play a couple, whose marriage comes under scrutiny after an ugly spat. Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom Is Not the First Film to Be Shot During the Pandemic, Malayalam Writer Reminds Everyone of Love and C U Soon.

(HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD) If you have seen the film, you know that Love doesn’t spell things out to you. To give the gist of what the film is about, the wife Deepthi (Rajisha) learns something life-changing at the beginning of the movie. She later goes to her home, where she has a fight with her husband Anoop (Shine), who earlier ignored her message on his phone and was playing video games when she arrives. While we don’t know what they are fighting for – the scene mutes out their words – it gets aggressive by the minute, resulting in a bloody aftermath.

Rajisha Vijayan and Shine Tom Chacko in Love

Deepthi is dead. Anoop, anguished and shocked at what he did, tries to hide the body in his bathroom, when a (Gokulan) barges in after ringing the doorbell many times. He has his own marital problems. Soon another friend (Sudhi Koppa) arrives with his girlfriend (Veena Nandhakumar) to have a sexual session in Anoop’s bedroom. We learn that both of them are married to other people. It comes to a point that both the friends see their marriages come to the brink of collapse, and Anoop tells them of the corpse in the room. Here the door-bell rings for the third time. From Fahadh Faasil’s Kumbalangi Nights to Mammootty’s Unda, 7 Malayalam Movies of 2019 to Watch If You Want a Break From Bollywood Masala!

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Inexplicably, the scene is reset and Anoop is confused to see an alive Deepthi walking in, while his ‘friends’ have vanished. Deepthi reveals she is pregnant, and also tells him that she knows he is having an affair with a married woman. In the ensuing argument, Anoop once again hits her, this time with a electric iron. She is dead, again, and Anoop tries to escape.

In the final scene, his car is seen driving through when it is stopped by the police. To our surprise, it is Deepthi who is driving the car. She tells the cop that she killed her husband, and when the police opens the boot of the car, they find Anoop’s corpse in there.

So what happened here? How did the scene got reset? How was Deepthi killed twice and still managed to return alive? How did Anoop turn out dead? Khalid Rahman, despite the intimate setting of his narrative (most of the film is set within a flat), is in no mood to give easy answers. But we can make our guesses here right?

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It feels like that Khalid Rahman is influenced by the works of David Lynch, especially Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway, and also Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. To understand the climax better, we need to deconstruct what came in earlier, especially Anoop’s ‘friends’, the reset and the double murder.

Gokulan and Sudhi Koppa in Love

We can now presume that both his friends, who remain unnamed throughout, are manifestations of Anoop’s mental trauma. That is already hinted in the scene when Anoop imagines his bathroom walls to be crumbling after killing his wife.

Gokulan’s character represents the violent victim complex for Anoop. He is earlier seen suicidal over what he assumes to be his wife’s affair with his friend Shelby, and later turns out to be a sociopath who is willing to murder this Shelby, and pin the blame of Deepthi’s murder on him.

In the second confrontation scene between Anoop and Deepthi, Anoop accuses Deepthi to be carrying an affair with Shelby (who is voiced by Wayne), though the claim feels empty. It is that, after being cornered over his own real extra-marital affair, Anoop wanted to play victim to escape the situation and tries to pass the blame on his wife. His murderous rage that parallels the anger of Gokulan’s character is what leads to hitting Deepthi again.

Now let’s discuss the second friend character, played by Sudhi Koppa. He represents the guilt for Anoop. What happens to him, is also what has happened to Anoop in terms of his relationship with two women. While this friend remains unnamed, his lover is not so. Which means that Anoop’s fling is the same girl, Haritha, especially as Deepthi also mentions his lover having a husband and a child, and Haritha also share the same family details.

Sudhi Koppa and Veena Nandakumar in Love

Anoop trying to reason with his friends, is he trying to reason himself to work things out with his own wife. But he fails to do that, just as he fails to evict his friends from his flat (which I believe is his own mind).

When the two ‘friends’ resolve to help Anoop wash his hands off the murder of his wife (one of them reluctantly so), it points out to a possibility of Anoop imagining the whole scenario of what happens when he is confronted by Deepthi over his affair, and him determining to kill his wife. This might also explain why there was no dialogues during the first fight scene between the couple, for words didn’t matter there. Anoop was just trying to process what would happen next if he did kill her.

Rajisha Vijayan and Shine Tom Chacko in Love

As to what triggered the of murdering his wife might be message that she sent him before coming to the flat. He might have suspected that she got a whiff of his affair, so his mind might have gone on an overdrive. That he is a violent person is already established in his scene with Deepthi’s father (Johnny Anthony), when he doesn’t deny he has indulged in domestic violence.

When they fight the second time, we hear their argument properly this time, and the details as well. Anoop still in two minds, it is the murderous one (Gokulan’s character) that takes control, resulting in him killing his wife again. Or that was something he was supposed to do.

This whole above scenario could be Anoop reimagining his dying moments when lying in Deepthi’s car. Of what he would have done if he had chosen to listen to his murderous side, instead of the conflicted side. Or maybe, it was Deepthi herself imagining the whole scenario, trying to mentally acquit herself of killing her husband over his affair.

Rajisha Vijayan in Love

We can take any one of that option, or maybe think of some other – Rahman’s narrative is filled with layers that opens up more with each viewing. But in the end, it is simply a destruction of a marriage that begin with the basking of love, and ended (rather murderously) when the feeling vanished. If it’s still not clear, Love begins with Deepthi learning of her pregnancy – a symbol of their love – and ending with her driving with her husband’s body. What could be a scarier look at a crumbling marriage than this!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Feb 23, 2021 09:06 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Meghan Markle-Prince Harry’s Interview to Oprah Winfrey: How Late Princess Diana Helped After The Royal Family Cut Them Off Financially

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey has put social media on high alert. The amount of information the couple is sharing regarding their time with the Royal Family of England and what led to their exit from the monarchy are making people form a lot of opinions. Meghan admitted that the family was concerned about Archi’s complexion before he was born and the that she had suicidal thoughts. Then came Harry and the truth bombs he shared, are exploding still. Prince Harry revealed that it was his late mother Princess Diana who came to their rescue when they were cut off financially even when she is no more. Meghan Markle-Harry-Oprah Winfrey Interview: The Duchess Of Sussex Reveals Royal Family Had Concerns About ‘How Dark Archi’s Skin Might Be’ (Watch Video)

Harry told Winfrey, “My family cut me off financially in the first half of but I have what my Mum left me and without that, we wouldn’t have been able to do this. It’s like she saw it coming and she’s been with us through this whole process”. The Prince even mentioned how his mom would have reacted if she saw them quitting the family. She would be angry at first but would understand later. 

What’s making everyone’s heartbreak was Prince Harry admitting he didn’t want history repeating itself and he asserted he was talking about his mother.

 

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 2021 10:22 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Meghan Markle-Harry-Oprah Winfrey Interview: The Duchess Of Sussex Reveals Royal Family Had Concerns About ‘How Dark Archi’s Skin Might Be’ (Watch Video)

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and Prince Harry sat down for an explosive tell-all with Oprah Winfrey which was aired last weekend. Today, Twitter is filled with reactions that range from surprise to utter shock. Why wouldn’t it be when Harry and Meghan said a lot without actually pointing fingers at anyone from the royal family. What’s getting everybody all riled up was Meghan’s revelation that the Royal family was concerned about the skin color of Archie. World News | It’s a Girl, Meghan and Harry Tell Oprah

Meghan said that there were concerns about Archi’s complexion when he was about to be born. The royal family had this conversation with Harry, Meghan points out but when Oprah prodded her to reveal the names, she refrained as that could be ‘damaging for them’. Check out the clip where Meghan reveals the same…

Oprah was rightfully flabbergasted and Twitter exploded. Many couldn’t believe such a suggestion was even made. Apparently, the Royal Family also had concerns about making Archie a prince for reasons.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 2021 09:45 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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International Women’s Day 2021: Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, B-town Actresses Who Inspire Us Every Day

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This Women’s Day, let’s cheer for every beautiful soul who inspire us to be a better human being every day. While there are tons of female leaders out there, determined to a positive change in our lives, this article is dedicated to Bollywood beauties who have succesfully managed to establish themselves as successful entrepreneurs. Besides mastering their skills, these ladies have gone beyond their usual diamter to explore something that was beyond their comfort zone. International Women’s Day 2021 Gift Ideas for Wife: From Bracelet to Greeting Card, 5 Things You Can Buy for the Love of Your Life.

Speaking of which, let’s have a look at B-town ladies who have inspired us in more ways than one.

Deepika Padukone

Besides being Bollywood’s top actress, Deepika is also a successful entrepreneur. After venturing as a film producer, the actress has also acquired her few shares in Epigamia yoghurt and is busy promoting its new product these days. A few of her outings as a producer include films like Chhapaak and ’83. Deepika Padukone is Wild, Beautiful and Free, Just Like the Sea in Her New Photoshoot for Elle India (View Pics).

Priyanka Chopra 

Where do we even start about her? After her successful run in Bollywood, PeeCee was determined to rule Hollywood and she certainly didn’t fail at it. The actress, like many of her peers, ventured into the film production business with her own company, Purple Pebble Pictures. And if that wasn’t enough, she also launched her own haircare brand, Anomaly and a restaurant in New York – Sona! Not to forget, she has also turned author with her book,  Unfinished! Wearing one too many hats seems to be her obsession.

Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt has also opened her own production house Eternal Sunshine Production and she plans to produce movies that strike a chord with the masses. Besides that, she recently became an entrepreneur with a children’s clothing brand, Ed-a-Mamma and the brand caters to kids in the age group of 2-14 years. Alia Bhatt Takes Dip Underwater in This Fabulous Picture for Vogue India and We Can’t Breathe.

Anushka Sharma

Another feisty producer who believes in narrating tales that are hard, powerful and impactful. After producing all the female-led movies like NH 10, Phillauri and Pari, Anushka marked her debut as an OTT producer with Paatal Lok and we all know how successful it was. She later had a Netflix release with Bulbbul and that was equally appreciated for its strong content.

Twinkle Khanna 

While she may have quit Bollywood, Twinkle found her second profession in writing. An author to some of the bestsellers like Mrs Funnybones and The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, Twinkle today is known for her wit, humour and sarcasm.

Jacqueline Fernandez 

For those who don’t know, Jackie has successfully ventured into the restaurant business with two outlets in Mumbai and Sri Lanka. She has a Thai restaurant, Pali Thai in Mumbai and Kaema Sutra, serving contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine in her home country.

Juhi Chawla/Preity Zinta 

Proud owners of IPL teams – Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, Juhi and Preity did something commendable with their business skills. They ventured into a territory that’s otherwise occupied by men and carved a niche for themselves.

Malaika Arora 

Malaika Arora, being a fitness enthusiast that she is, opened her own yoga studios – Diva Yoga and Sarva Yoga. The actress actively promotes it on social media and knowing her passion for it, she aims to make everyone as conscious and as healthy as she is.

Katrina Kaif 

Ditching the usual businesses, Katrina prefered to walk Kylie Jenner’s road and step into the world of beauty products. She launched her own brand, Kay Beauty and her products – that range from lipsticks to eyeshadow sticks are currently available on Nykaa.

 

While we have currently mentioned a few of our beloved beauties, it doesn’t mean the rest don’t fit into our list of idols. Every actress out there is unknowingly inspiring tens and thousands of other girls out there.They are breaking the stereotypes and rising above the usual by simply being who they are. We salute them not just today but every day. Happy Women’s Day to every beautiful soul present in the universe!

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Mar 08, 2021 09:00 AM . For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our onhike.com).

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