What Are the Odds? is an 2019 Indian Hinglishdrama film.Follows a day in the life of a high-spirited teenager, Vivek who commits a small and clunky crime as a mark of “protest” , which leads to her striking an unexpected friendship with well-behaved, always saving the day, head boy, Ashwin.
When two unlikely friends play hooky from school, accidental encounters and otherworldly events turn their day into a whimsical coming-of-age journey.
The film What are the Odds? launched to mostly positive reviews on Netflix, trending #2 on the top movies in India on Netflix at the time of release and being featured in GQ’s “top-content-to-watch” list. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV wrote: “What Are the Odds? doesn’t tick boxes. It reinvents them. In the process, it trades superficial dazzle for a deep, lasting enchantment.”Ashameera Aiyappan of The New Indian Express called it a “charming new age fairy tale”, lauding the film’s use of an outlandish screenplay, staging and narration to present a package that is colourful, vibrant and innocent.The film has been praised for its performances, cinematography, music and eccentric visual style.
However, a few have criticized the film for preferring flash over substance. Pankhuri Shukla of The Quint felt that the film What are the Odds? “has the ambitious drive of a cute slice-of-life YA film.
“Rahul Desai of Film Companion called the film “pretty but pointless flight of fancy” comparing it to an over-playful.
Chasing its own tail, and eventually accomplishing nothing while wanting to be a bit of everything.
Devansh Sharma of Firstpost pondered if “lack of coherency” was an intentional aspect of film’s eccentric narrative vocabulary.
eventually dismissing the notion because it’s “narrative tilts towards logic whenever it is convenient, and distances itself from insanity whenever it pleases.”