Not many are aware that NOT A LOVE STORY (NALS) is not a unique movie title.
Not many are aware that a documentary with the same title was made in Canada in 1981: the theme of that documentary was pornography. So hurting were the visuals that the documentary was banned in the state of Ontario; the movie is supposed to have had a number of shocking scenes.
NOT A LOVE STORY which was released this week in Indian cinemas has a few similarities with the Canadian movie: it has enough shock generating visuals and concepts to envelop the viewer in a dense cloud of disgust; it takes a liberal peep into the blouses and skirts and working of sick minds.
The purists and the faint-hearted will wonder, and therefore, consider it nothing short of blasphemy, if I were to say that Ram Gopal Verma’s NALS is in fact, a well made movie! Everyone knows that Ram Gopal Verma is an eccentricity laden personality, who would do anything to attract attention, whether it is rushing to the site of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai to look at the suitability of location shooting or whether it be asking “Who is Anna Hazare” last week to a camera crew in the midst of promoting his new movie! That eccentricity which was behind his brilliant SATYA, COMPANY and SARKAR also was behind his disasters like RGV KI AAG (a terrible remake of SHOLAY) and now in NALS, we see RGV stage a come-back of sorts.
Most of RGV’s directorial efforts are based on real stories and NALS, despite all the statements of its bearing no resemblance to real life characters, draws heavily from the sensational story of Kannada actress Maria Susairaj who was recently in the news for having been acquitted of the charge of a murder, in which she was involved. The story had shocked thousands and RGV, to a fair degree, manages to recreate the shocking aspects of the crime. A theme like this, probing the working of sick minds of people who otherwise, portray a normal face, isn’t an easy one to handle. NALS may not have the content to be compared to the brilliant depiction of Bates in Hitchcock’s PSYCHO or Dr.Hannibal Lecter as portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, but manages to stand out amongst the ruins of the run-of-the-mill Bollywood productions.
Both the lead actors, Mahie Gill and Deepak Dobriyal play their parts outstandingly in a tale which would have been dismissed as unreal, but for it having actually happened; Zakir Hussain as the inspector also puts in an arresting performance. Sandeep Chowta’s background music intrudes rather than adding to the ambience and the hand held camera creates a nauseous feeling which stays with you long after you have walked out of the theatre.
If only Ram Gopal Varma had not allowed the camera to wander in such a provocative fashion, subdued the background music and taken a moralistic stand, despite the topic of gore, I would have said that it would be a movie NOT WORTH MISSING!
RATING: 3.5 out of 5

About The eternally happy Vijay

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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  1. Chengappa says:

    Thanks for educating about Mahatma Gandhi

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