Flames 2 review: A perfect blend of romance and nostalgia

Flames 2 review

Flames 2 review

Flames 2 review: Things aren’t going as well in the second term. Rajat and Ishita are depicted navigating through relationships with their parents and working their way towards a job while being there for one other.

Things aren’t going as well in the second term. Rajat and Ishita are depicted navigating through relationships with their parents and working their way towards a job while being there for one other.

Teenage romances, oh my! When I finished the second season of The Viral Fever’s Flames, I couldn’t stop thinking about my own.
Rajat’s (Ritvik Sahore) journey from infatuation to dating his crush Ishita was the focus of the first season of the TVF original (Tanya Maniktala).

Things are no longer as rosy as they were in the first term. They are depicted navigating through relationships with their parents and working their way towards a job while being there for each other.

Flames 2 gives the impression that it is set at a time when you had to fight your parents for a smartphone and keeping in touch with friends was a challenge. It takes place at the start of the smartphone era and evokes lovely and uncomplicated memories of adolescent romance, which are especially pertinent in an age when couples seek affirmation of their love through social media.

However, though the characters are seen conversing about Thor and Thanos, the creators never clearly state what era the show is set in.
The online series is gentle on the head and eyes, especially when we are assaulted with gruesome, macabre, and terrible stories on the internet. Writer Kunal Aneja has kept the narrative basic.

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Ritvik’s portrayal of a befuddled adolescent Rajat is realistic, while Tanya Maniktala’s portrayal of Ishita with her expressive eyes and features is convincing. Every episode’s title, “Kuch Toh Hua Hai, Kuch Hogaya Hai,” “Chhukar Mere Mann Ko,” and “Aane Vala Pal Jaane Wala Hai,” are taken from renowned Bollywood romance songs and accurately define the episode’s topic.

Tanya Maniktala makes Ishita look convincing with those expressive eyes and features as a troubled adolescent Rajat. Every episode’s title, such as “Kuch Toh Hua Hai, Kuch Hogaya Hai,” “Chhukar Mere Mann Ko,” and “Aane Vala Pal Jaane Wala Hai,” is a play on iconic Bollywood romance songs that accurately describes the episode’s topic.

The Apoorv Singh Karki directed film blooms as it delves into the changing dynamics of adolescent friendships and relationships with their parents. Neelu Dogra played Rajat’s mother, Raj Sharma played Ishita’s father, and Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish played Kaushal Sir.

One aspect of the young romance drama that is off-putting is the teacher’s narration, which uses chemistry jargon. It was difficult for someone like me, who didn’t study physics or chemistry after 10th grade, to understand why a character is referred to as a “hydrogen molecule” or why the narrator refers to isotopes and atomic numbers.

Flames 2 is a great choice if you want a pinch of nostalgia or want to watch a high school drama series.

TVF Play and MX Player are both showing Flames 2.

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