LOEV
2016

LOEV

LOEV captured the hearts of viewers across the globe, from Austin’s, SXSW to Estonia’s Tallin Black Nights, and winning at San Francisco’s Frameline and Israel’s Tel Aviv IFF before finding a home with Netflix. Its screening was the first time an Indian film was shown at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

Bombay Berlin Productions and director Sudhanshu Saria produced this romantic drama. Shot on location in Mumbai and the Western Ghats, producers Katherine Suckle and Arfi Lamba (Slumdog Millionaire) even flipped their offices to become a set location during shooting.

1h 32min
May 12, 2016
5.8
IMDb
Network
  • Sahil , a young Mumbai-based musician, plans a weekend getaway to the Western Ghats with his childhood friend, Jai , a successful businessman who lives in New York. The trip coincides with the latter's business meeting in Mumbai. The duo drive to Mahabaleshwar overnight and upon arrival decide to visit the local market. While at a music store, Jai is impressed by Sahil's skill as a guitarist and suggests that he pursue a career as a full-time musician.
    They later return to a hotel in Mumbai for Jai's scheduled business meeting. At the hotel room, the two admit to their mutual attraction, just before Jai has to leave for his meeting. Sahil interrupts the meeting and embarrasses Jai with a romantic gesture witnessed by everyone present. This leads to a confrontation between the two back in the hotel room, during which Sahil accuses Jai of being scared of coming out. Jai counters by blaming Sahil for not reciprocating his affection from the beginning. The four head back to the hotel room to collect Sahil's belongings, as Jai plans to return to New York later that night. Alex notices the guitar and insists that Sahil play for him; Sahil obliges with an original song. Alex dances with Jai, who is completely smitten by Sahil by this point. Alex offers to take back Sahil's belongings and give the two some more time together. When he leaves, Sahil and Jai embrace, but do not talk about the rape.

    At the airport, Jai asks Sahil to leave. He rejects Sahil's efforts at reconciliation, and tells him that they can never be together because they have vastly different lives. When they eventually part ways, Jai sends a text message to Sahil saying he loves him. Alex arrives at the airport to pick Sahil up, much to his surprise. He tries to make up for his mistakes by offering Sahil a heartfelt apology as the two drive back to their apartment.

  • Filming Locations
    • Bombay, Mahabaleshwar, The Western Ghats
  • Camera
    • Shot on Arri Alexa and Black Magic Pocket, Zeiss Super Speeds. Super-35

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