'Not A Love Story' leaves you open-mouthed (IANS Hindi Film Review)

Film: 'Not A Love Story'; Starring: Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Gehi; Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma; Rating: *** 1/2

Saturday, August 20, 2011 | 7:56:43 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
 0 Comments | By

Film: 'Not A Love Story'; Starring: Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal, Rajesh Gehi; Directed by: Ram Gopal Varma; Rating: *** 1/2

Which demons could possibly provoke two normal healthy ambitious young people to kill a man, cut his limbs into several pieces and attempt to dispose of his body in the thick jungles?

'Not A Love Story' attempts to unravel the abiding mystery of human nature and the extreme measures it resorts to, when pushed to the brink.

This is the frightening, sobering and life-changing story of Anusha Chawla (Mahie Gill), a small-town girl with big Bollywood dreams, who ends up being an accomplice in a gruesome crime.

We certainly are left open-mouthed.

Indeed it is the normalcy of Anusha's dreams and how drastically they get subverted within the time-frame of a few decisive days, that forms the core of the compelling, often repugnant but always riveting, crime drama.

Ramu's camera is frequently more frenziedly crazy than the deeds of the protagonists.

The frames are used as a wildly wicked playground to signify the unsettled mindspace of the lead couple.

Gill and Dobriyal's journey from desperate love to unthinkable crime is charted with a kind of subverted dismay that is the opposite of the dramatic sighs and gasps that Hindi cinema usually uses to punctuate crime dramas.

Sandeep Chowta's background score tends to overpunctuate the point in the earlier portions.

Zakir Husain pitches in a perfectly-modulated performance as a tired but canny police officer.

But towards the end, the film builds up a desperate atmosphere of a crime of passion with the excessive margins in the film's emotional graph being magically reduced and eliminated.

All the craziness of the camera angles becomes one with the insanity of the crime committed by two people who, before butchering their victim, had probably only committed minor offences.

The sheer lunacy that divides normalcy from the unpredictability of life is captured with a brutal forcefulness.

'Not a Love Story' is not an easy film to watch. Crime has never looked more unglamorous on screen.

Varma just sucks you into the ghastly deed and doesn't allow you a moment of respite from the savagely probing camera which seems to penetrate the mind and soul of the protagonists.

Deepak and Mahie pull out all stops to deliver bludgeoning performances in this first-rate crime treatise.

And yes, the ironical use of Varma's 'Rangeela' theme song drives home the message of a young wannabe star's dream gone awry. You leave the film with the painful sound of crashing dreams reverberating in your ears.

User Rating Rating(0 Votes)

Share On :

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp

To stay updated with similiar articles follow

Related News

User Comments & Ratings

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Use Quick Login to comment.
Dear Readers,
  • Please do not use derogatory comments in reply to the stories published on Bollywood, India-Forums.
  • The credibility of the site matter to us, and the comments in bad taste tend to invariably hurt the actors/production house/channel etc.
  • So kindly, refrain from creating an unhealthy atmosphere for all, and keep your comments constructive.
  • Also, please use the Rate It button if you want to just thank the author for posting the story.


Bollywood Hot N' Happening Articles Index

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index