LOEV  : A Heartrendingly Beautiful Film About Love
LOEV can be summarised in filmmaker Sudhanshu Saria’s own words: “…It doesn’t matter if the lovers are both of the same sex. What matters is love, not the sex.” Indeed. Saria’s LOEV proves to be a different ball game altogether. The film follows Sahil (Dhruv Ganesh), a Mumbai-based promising musician, who is not quite in love with his irresponsible, yet charming boyfriend Alex (Siddharth Menon), and Jai (Shiv Pandit), a New York-based businessman. The couple heads out for a weekend trip to Mahabaleshwar, which happens to coincide with Jai’s work trip to Mumbai, and we get to witness them drive a convertible BMW towards their destination.
In the process of capturing 48 hours of their life over the weekend, Sudhanshu Saria uses Mahabaleshwar’s landscape to capture and highlight a sense of repressed intensity in the relationship between two old friends. LOEV explores the heightening of sexual and emotional tensions between the two protagonists. However, while watching the film, one comes to the realization that the film succeeds in portraying the language of love, which encompasses and surpasses the constructs of gender and sexuality. LOEV is a powerful film about passion, heartbreak, and emotions that move human beings to the point of evolving into something bigger, gentler, better. This film demands attention and deserves greater appreciation by audiences and critics alike.
Actors Dhruv Ganesh (sadly no more with us, a grave loss), Shiv Pandit, and Siddharth Menon, perform their parts in an organic and graceful manner. Here, it becomes important to mention Dhruv Ganesh (Sahil), as he lost his life to tuberculosis shortly after the shooting of the film. He charms his way into the audiences’ hearts with his magnetic eyes and display of genuine emotion (like the airport scene in the end where Jai leaves him).
Running 92 minutes, the film includes a moving soundtrack, such as ‘Ek Chaand’ by Tony Kakkar, which works towards enhancing the story’s cumulative mood. The takeaway is that one is bound to feel for the characters while encouraging more filmmakers to push the boundaries of conventional storytelling and think beyond what is considered mainstream. In the end, LOEV is a treat for cinema lovers, with its heart in its right place. Most importantly, it is a film about love.