Lover: Unnervingly Yours
Star Cast: Manikandan Kabali, Sri Gouri Priya, Kanna Ravi, Harish Kumar, Saravanan, Geetha Kailasam, Harini, and Nikhila Shankar
Music Composed by Sean Roldan
Cinematography by Shreyaas Krishna
Editing by Barath Vikraman
Directed by Prabhuram Vyas
Love is either undefinable or defined by what you perceive it to be, because emotions can never be defined. We only experience them and try to understand how they shape us. A couple can show any kind of love, but their origin and history do not matter when we see them at a park, a beach, a hotel, or a theatre. We only observe their “relationship” at that specific moment or moments. We do not care about their pain, anguish, acceptance, or “love” at that time. We only witness the moment they share in public. It could be a fight, a hug, a hand-holding, or a break-up. We only know what happens at that moment, not the story before or after. Based on that moment, we create a narrative in our mind and take a side. So, we can never know the truth as it is, only the perception of our belief. If I believe that the couple is faking happiness, I will find evidence to support it, but if I believe that they are a happy couple, I may confirm it or ignore some obvious red flags. The same is true in the previous scenario. Lover is about such perceptions of love, but not a love story with “love”.
Writer-director Prabhuram Vyas does not try to define love, but rather explores what makes love work and what does not. Why do I say that? Let me explain in a moment. Imagine you are with the love of your life on a beach. You and your partner are standing in front of a wavy sea and you want to watch the sun setting, while he/she wants a snack; wants a selfie pic; wants to talk about dress; and wants to walk. But you do not want to move and this makes them anxious, and your experience turns into a fight. What would you do? Would you compromise and walk, buy, click, and then stop, or would you let them do whatever they want while you stick to your own experience? If you only want to do what you wish, then why go to the beach as a couple? If you only want to do what they want, then why be a couple? Because a couple consists of two people and both need to be equally prioritized. So, what is the solution here? That is what you figure out as a couple: you share your ideal experience with each other and then try to do both without missing out on each other’s preferences. Ideally, while watching the sunset, you can walk with them and ask them to be quiet for that moment, which might last a few minutes, and capture that on a camera as a selfie with them and store it as a memory in your mind. The problem is the world does not work on ideals.