Loev is a 2015 Indian romantic drama film written and directed by Sudhanshu Saria. It stars Dhruv Ganesh and Shiv Panditt as two friends who set off to the Western Ghats for a weekend trip. The film focuses on their complex emotional and sexual relationship.
About Loev in brief
Loev is a 2015 Indian romantic drama film written and directed by Sudhanshu Saria. It stars Dhruv Ganesh and Shiv Panditt as two friends who set off to the Western Ghats for a weekend trip and focuses on their complex emotional and sexual relationship. The film was shot in the summer of 2014, over the course of 16 days by the cinematographer Sherri Kauk in 2K resolution. It relied on crowdfunding and cost-cutting measures; its budget was relatively low at USD 1 million. Loev had its world premiere at the 2015 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. It won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2016 Tel Aviv International Film Festival. It was released on Netflix on 1 May 2017 and was well received by the critics and audience alike, with particular praise given for the script and performances of Panditt and Ganesh. The movie was Ganesh’s final film role as he died from tuberculosis prior to the production’s release. Loev also features Siddharth Menon and Rishabh Chaddha in supporting roles. The film’s title is a deliberate misspelling of the word ‘love’ The film is about a young Mumbai-based musician and his childhood friend, a successful businessman who lives in New York. The two argue about their past failure to maintain a relationship. One night, Jai makes a pass at Sahil, who is initially hesitant but eventually responds to his advances. The next morning, the two visit the Ghats as Sahil had intended.
They later return to a hotel in Mumbai for Jai’s scheduled business meeting. At the hotel room, they 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. When he leaves, Sahil rejects Sahil’s efforts at reconciliation and tells him that they can never be together because they have vastly different lives. When Jai arrives to pick up his belongings at the airport, he tells Sahil to pick him up much to his surprise. Alex notices that Sahil is completely smitten by Jai and offers to take back his belongings and give the two some more time together. Sahil obliges with Alex’s offer and dances with Jai, who dances with him; Sahil then smitten with Alex as well. When the two kiss, but when Sahil tries to pull away, he rapes him, only to immediately regret it. Jai apologises and tells SahIL that he need not stay any longer if he doesn’t want to. The duo drive to Mahabaleshwar overnight and upon arrival decide to visit the local market, where the duo meet Alex and his friend Junior.