I just stumbled upon this film today while randomly exploring the Netflix homepage on a Friday night. Being a huge fan of the movies AND an extremely active user of social media, it’s insane I hadn’t heard of this film until today. Which made me a bit doubtful – if Netflix isn’t investing too much in marketing of this film, is it even worth my time?
Well, it was a choice between either rewatching The Office for the third time or trying out a Netflix India original. I chose Upstarts and I have no regrets.
For those who don’t know, Upstarts is a Netflix film directed by Udai Singh Pawar. It’s about the journey of three 20-somethings trying to create an app that can change the world, but soon run into a dilemma of what’s more important: doing good for the world, making shirtload of money or the friendship? that’s the basic theme of the film that revolves around the joys, the pains, and the heartaches of creating a startup.
First let me talk about the things that I liked. The characters. I think one of the most important things for a film is to make audience care about the characters. Make them invest their emotions so much that they’re happy when the character’s happy, make them cry when the character’s crying. I think they pulled it off pretty well! huge props to the cast, performances felt very genuine.
They also addressed a bunch of social issues without making it seem too preachy. Especially how they showed what it’s like to be a woman entrepreneur in India.
However, the film that starts off extremely good, gets unnecessarily melodramatic at times, and when it does, it also becomes a bit predictable because we have seen too many Bollywood films. It also drags by the end of the second act. I think they could have easily trimmed off 10-15 mins of the run-time.
There’s no comparison here, but if you liked TVF Pitchers and Silicon Valley kind of content, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. It could have been much better and definitely smarter, but it’s still worth investing your two hours!
Shout-out to Priyanshu Painyuli, Chandrachoor Rai, Shadab Kamal, Sheetal Thakur for their performances! *claps*