The eight-episode series Eternally Confused and Age for Love by Rahul Nair is a fascinating affair. My initial thought was how interesting and visual another product about 20 people love quest would be, after watching the trailer and reading the title. (Read also: Deep Water Review: Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas Shine in Adrian Line Thriller)
What makes the Netflix series so desirable is that Vihan Samad’s lead performance, as Ray, a 25 – year – old young man, failed miserably and strangely with women. But the star of the show is Jim Surf. His wacky voice work for Ray’s imaginary sorcerer friend provides a consistent account of the hero’s many failed attempts to find love. Sarbh’s voice modulation is a delight, and it is by far the most memorable element in the series.
Samath’s portrayal of Ray is a bit dubious because he is so handsome and the character is a decent and well-developed man, he does a good job. An idiot in that ray dating scene, and sexually inexperienced, it’s hard to buy, but Samad creates the character to suit his talent. Ray’s parents are played by Rahul Bose and Suchitra Pillai, who share a loving and comfortable bond. They can often be seen fighting with good character, while the immature Ray makes the mistake of fighting, another example of how much he needs to learn about human relationships.
Ray’s parents are very worried about his love and sexual opportunities. Ray is hopeless in this field and his parents and friends are constantly setting dates for him. What Ray’s distrust is is not mentioned in the series. An unexpected kiss at a dance club, also his first kiss, boosts Ray’s confidence tenfold. It’s strange that it took Ray 25 years to give his first kiss – it was at this moment that he suddenly directed Mojo.
Rain Chemistry with his best friend Riya (Dalai) is a kind of thing that makes everyone around them expect the two to eventually date each other. The series often pushes them in that direction. Ray is guided by his alpha partner, in which he plays Angkor Rathi, and the two share some funny reviews. Among Riya’s friends, Komal (Devika Vatsa), who is amused by Ray’s bizarre breeze, is very combative with the poor boy throughout the series. It was predictable from the beginning who Ray would eventually land with, and I was very happy when this pair got together at the end of the series.
The current OTT space, immersed in thrillers and mysteries, is a very welcoming breath, due to its mild nature of eternal chaos and passion for love. All the actors in the series provide the material. The show never threatens to become Moutlin or teach life lessons. It was a happy, mildly chaotic ride, which may have been a vacuum crash, but even though I initially booked it, it was a lot of fun.
Also, this is the second Indian web series I have seen, which is mostly in English but very easy to watch and like. Eternally Confused and Aging for Love comes from Zoya Akhtar’s Tiger Baby Films. Soy has always handled the ways of the affluent, and was featured prominently in their wonderful series Made in Heaven. In times of stress, finding the most compelling passive and stress-free series can be very comforting. I’m looking forward to season two.
Eternal chaos and longing for love
Director: Rahul Nair
actors: Vihan Samad, Rahul Bose, Suchitra Pillai, Jim Sarf