Girl meets boy. Girl laughs at boy’s decision to travel to the hills in search of a ‘crush’. Boy questions girl’s decision to go on a solo biking trip. Sparks fly and much conversation follows. Yet, this is no ordinary love story.
Soulmates is the new web series from Zoom TV, released in August. Directed by Tarun, the 10 episodes (of about 10 minutes each) were shot in Shillong and tell a story that is filled with the promise of love but doesn’t actually mention it. Instead, we have two ordinary characters, uncertain about their futures. Priyanshu Painyuli plays an aspiring music producer who subconsciously lives his life by the diktats of a man who once told his father this boy will always leave things unfinished.
He is on a trip chasing his crush, the lead singer of a rock band. Anshul Chauhan plays a girl on her own impulsive trip. She has quit her job and is now travelling in the Northeast.
Shillong provides a picturesque backdrop to their journeys, through long sweeping shots of waterfalls, empty roads, and bridges over gushing waters. The show relies on the conversations between the two strangers to carry forward the story. They start off hesitantly and gradually begin to share deeper things, like not living up to their families’ expectations and what influences their lives and decisions. Priyanshu recently played Bhavesh Joshi in the critically acclaimed film Bhavesh Joshi Superhero.
He has an endearing earnestness and honesty, his voice often reflecting his feelings better than words. Anshul had a supporting role in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and has done a few ad films. Her character is fiery but reserved, questioning everything and always speaking her mind.
By the end of the 10 episodes, we are already rooting for the two to turn soulmates. But, do they? There’s no update about a second part though fans are already demanding a better ending to #PriyAnshuls story (yes, they have their own hashtag).