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May 03, 2016 Tuesday     

Laal-Rang

Keeping in mind its dark realistic theme, a heavy regional feel and all unknown names in the cast apart from Randeep Hooda, no one was admittedly expecting LAAL RANG to be an enjoyable worth watching film made on a novel concept. Such timely surprises actually infuse a new life back into the medium and I really love living that Friday when a highly underrated film like this, turns out to be an extremely pleasant experience offering more than one big merit to mention, praising the effort as a whole. So giving you the good news, here is a film that proves all pre-release speculations (largely) wrong and successfully manages to entertain despite being based on a dark, depressing subject of blood-bank black marketing and exploitation of the poor.
Now may be it was my personal experience of watching it sitting behind a big group of young energetic Haryanavi boys enjoying it to the most giving their constant witty comments or it was our mutual admiration for YAMAHA RX 100 bike used in its key sequences that made me appreciate LAAL RANG much more than my own expectations ignoring its minor flaws.
Whatever might be the reason, the other truth remains that the film does prove to be a clear winner within its first 30 minutes itself when you simply start loving all the realistic characters on screen led by one of the most underrated actors of our times, Randeep Hooda. And then the highly original proceedings, a never before kind of fresh subject, immensely likable local feel, well written entertaining dialogues (using the raw Hariyanavi tone) and worth appreciating supporting performances give you a pretty good time in the theater, much beyond the promises made by its interesting trailer.
No doubt the ‘real life inspired’ theme of a blood-bank racket playing with people’s lives serves as the major strength of the film providing the novelty factor. But it’s eventually Randeep Hooda, who single handedly lifts up the whole narration to much higher levels in the later parts of the film, also getting a worth mentioning valuable support from the cinematography, soundtrack and background score department too, together putting up a great show.
Presenting it as a restrained crime-thriller, director Syed Ahmed Afzal neither uses any guns nor stylized gang wars in his true to life portrayal of the real life happenings. There are no high end car-chases or fight sequences generating the usual kind of filmy excitement. And yet there exists a certain likable (raw) aura around its entire distasteful proceedings that never lets you feel uninterested or tired right till the finale sequence having its own emotional appeal ending on a positive note.
With a perfectly chosen cast LAAL RANG progresses at a convincing easy pace (without any fast intercuts) pulling you into the world of its likeable realistic characters dealing with love, friendship, poverty, crime and their own individual conflicts in a highly believable manner. Apart from the engaging bromance, the film also successfully presents the sensitive romance between its lead couple with a much entertaining use of Rapidex English Speaking Course heard after a long gap. Besides, many of the supporting characters also manage to make a more than decent impact on the viewers like the short statured Shani Baba (Kumar Saurabh), the blood bank manager (Rajendra Sethi), the rival goons (including Ashutosh - the Roadies/Big Boss winner) and the thin rickshaw puller donating his blood every 15 days.
As a known blood-bank racket kingpin with solid high-level connections, Randeep Hooda simply nails it playing on his home turf with a perfect Haryanvi lingo and killer expressions. In fact, LAAL RANG just deserves a watch for his solo performance alone having an immensely lovable charm and a strong magnetism. Displaying a variety of shades in his characterization, Hooda truly wins your heart in the climax which even forces you to think, that do such good hearted, cool & sensitive criminals really exist?
Playing his student-cum-partner in crime, Akshay Oberoi gives an earnest performance managing well but its Piaa Bajpai who simply excels in her role of a clumsy girl deliberately using English words in her dialogues with an extra ‘s’ in the end. Rajneish Duggal is just fine as the Police officer in charge and so is pretty Meenakshi Dixit as the Randeep’s love interest. Whereas Shreya Narayan entertains as the lab-assistant reminding you of the good old Bindu or Aruna Irani and it was great to see veteran Keemti Anand on screen too after a long time.
Among the drawbacks, a lot of creative liberty has been taken tackling the donated blood packets, their transfer, delivery and storage in terms of medical restrictions as per my own assumptions. The narration does take a dip in the second half (in absence of Randeep) and also goes into an extra length adding a situational song towards the climax that could have been avoided. Randeep, not exactly looking like a young Diploma student and few clichéd references in the script may also be a concern for many. Moreover, the heavy Hariyanavi flavor in the dialogues might not be able to impress the viewers unaware of the language and its amusing raw tone (more relatable for the people of Delhi, NCR, Haryana, Karnal and the adjacent regions).
However, with a motive of inspiring you further to go for this underrated worth watching film as a must, would like to mention some of its interesting key features as given below.
Though the director intentionally presents the subject in an enjoyable comic style, still LAAL RANG boldly reveals the ugly blood-bank racket operational in almost every region of the country, shockingly including everyone from the local nursing homes to major city hospitals as shown in the film (at times also selling infected, untested or even rejected units of blood to the patient’s relatives).
The film draws your attention towards a significant part of our poor population that does consider ‘Blood donation’ as a major source of earning money both in the rural as well as metro cities.
Depicting the scary situation with a pinch of sarcasm, a poster of Subhash Chandra Bose in the film can be spotted with an alteration made to the famous quote as, “Tum Mujhe Khoon Do Main Tumhe Paise Doonga”.
Mentioning another intelligent insertion in the film, a sequence first showcases a group of young boys commenting upon the girls in the Diploma College premises as usual. But just after a few minutes a couple of girls are also shown doing the same with a smart boy passing by balancing the earlier act.
A few well-conceived musical tracks with a typical Hariyanavi flavour look simply great inserted in its various sequences, a lot different from what we usually get to see and hear in Hindi mainstream films. Like ‘Bawli Booch’ and specifically ‘Tere Pey Main Kardun Kharach Karod’ in its catchy slower version.
A character in the film, who steals blood pouches from the Delhi hospitals giving a regular supply to Randeep is named as “Dracula of Delhi” and the film has several other small references of Hooda’s repulsive yet entertaining sense of humour making it a compelling watch.
Summing up, I have interestingly read many discouraging reviews of the movie in the print and web media together giving their own various reasons. But the novel-fresh subject of the film, its intelligent execution, the sarcastic humour, an excellent realistic feel, the entertaining local lingo, the unusual original soundtrack and all worth praising performances from the entire cast do not allow me to rate it as any mediocre movie at all, putting it honestly. 

So as a BTC recommendation, do try to watch it and have a great time with its mostly unknown cast and a funny, bloody man played to perfection by Randeep Hooda.
Rating : 3.5 / 5 (Including a big one for Randeep alone for his flawless Hariyanavi act)
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22 April 2016 / bobbysing /
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‘Love stories’ have always been the most favourite subject of our Hindi filmmakers and therefore we repeatedly get served with the same old routine romantic drama played by a fresh pair, clubbed with a few catchy songs, directed by a new name vaguely expecting the film to be a surprise Hit without any noteworthy appreciable qualities to be precise.
So following the same format, taking inspiration from several Indian as well as Western hits of the past, we once again have a film forcibly called LOVESHUDA, awfully inventing a new word or term, introducing yet another ‘beauty queen’ Navneet Kaur Dhillon with a young industry boy Girish Kumar (in his second film) directed by the debutant Vaibhav Misra.
Beginning with a familiar bold sequence reminding you of films such as HANGOVER & WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, LOVESHUDA later presents a story progression often seen in Imtiaz Ali’s romantic sagas like the recent TAMASHA, where in the first half the couple meets in a different state enjoying a foreign outing and then in the second they meet again after a gap of few years creating new confusions and dilemmas heading towards an obvious climax. Along with this typically clichéd script, here we do have a decent effort coming from cinematography and background music department trying to give the movie a different feel. But in the music section, there is another ‘new-age club version’ completely ruining ‘a classic song’ of the past giving its lyrics an entirely different meaning saying, “Aaj Phir Peene Ki Tamanna Hai”,making an irresponsible silly parody of the cult track from GUIDE.
In few words, nothing really works in this highly confused, predictable love story except the pretty girl Navneet looking gorgeous in her different outfits. Seasoned actors such as Sachin Khedekar and Tisca Chopra remain wasted in their short appearances, whereas both Girish Kumar (last seen in RAMAIYA VASTAVAIYA) and Navneet suffer majorly due to the film’s uninteresting ‘seen before’ concept and unexciting script/direction lacking the chemistry, romance and humour as required.
Overall films like LOVESHUDA certainly raise a serious question for the makers, that why even reputed production houses select such a familiar subject for their projects featuring more than one debutants, carelessly playing with their respective careers and future prospects in the industry?
Rating : 1 / 5 (including brownie points just for the debutant girl Navneet.)
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20 February 2016 / bobbysing /
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When a director is given the responsibility of launching a fresh pair with the hero coming from one of father-figure families of the Film Industry then he should at least try to deliver something fresh in the name of concept or treatment, to make the best of the opportunity given. But sadly, just opposite is the case with LEKAR HUM DEEWANA DIL, which clearly indicates its flawed vision when a Rahman song is first wasted in its opening credits only and further when its story progression keeps jumping from one plot to another like a blind frog not knowing where it should actually move towards in the dark room.
So displaying a confused mindset, director Arif Ali refuses to take some risk adapting any novel concept for the debutants and begins with his own tribute to JAANE TU YA JAANE NA (2008) in the film’s initial moments, followed by a mixture of ideas taken from his brother Imtiaz Ali’s SOCHA NA THA (2005), JAB WE MET (2007) and even HIGHWAY (2014), quite casually. At first it also reminded me of Sachin’s PREM DEEWANE released in 1992 featuring an eloping couple. But changing tracks, the director soon goes back to the ages old theme of post (love) marriage misunderstandings, seen in numerous movies ranging from Rajesh Khanna’s AVISHKAAR (1974), Rakesh Roshan’s PRIYATAMA (1977) & Shaad Ali's SAATHIYA (2002) to Shahrukh Khan’s CHALTE CHALTE (2003), delivering a pretty routine, boring and childish film targeting the youth of the nation in particular.
To give you a fair idea about the script’s intelligence quotient, it has a father hitting his college going boy with a fist as if he has done a crime and then the boy also willing to hit his girlfriend in the same manner (showing his fist) like a maniac. Later a marriage counselor seems more disturbed than her patients sitting on the couch and wait, we also have an item song here right within the jungle hideout of Naxalites having some funny lyrics saying ‘Mawaali Qawwali’. With no detailing given to the lead characters, they both remain hyper throughout the film with their constant yelling and look silly taking many crucial decisions of life just like that (including their hasty marriage). Having nothing in store to surprise you right till its easily predictable climax, LHDD actually makes you think that did nobody read this script in the Kapoor family at all before launching one of their own kids. Or it was just formality done by Karishma Kapoor as an elder sister accompanying Armaan on Kapil’s Comedy Show contributing in the film's media promotion.
In the music department A.R. Rahman comes up with an average score once again with very few enjoyable songs saving the soundtrack from becoming a complete non-performer and DOP tries his best to give it a rich look. However regarding the performances where Armaan should always thank his lucky stars and God gifted family for the golden opportunity given, there Deeksha can still hope for some more work ahead due to her satisfactory act much better than Armaan. Supporting cast remains a mix of average to forced performers revealing another aspect of the director’s questionable mindset wherein he still thinks that a South Indian father always has to be the one with a dark complexion.
Summing up, I would like to address the viewers here, who eventually would be spending both their money & time on such poor ventures made without any specific vision. And in clear words, if you really are willing to see some fabulous films made on this important subject of an affair, love marriage and the problems arising in its later years post the initial romantic phases. Then forget about any of these confusingly made films without any soul of their own and just go for the famous trilogy on marital discord by Basu Bhattacharya made in the 70s comprising of three beautiful films called ANUBHAV (1971), AAVISHKAR (1973) and GREH PRAVESH (1979).
In other words, if today film-makers in Hindi Cinema are not giving you many worth watching films to learn from then all is not lost yet as there are much better movies made in the past to be explored essentially and some great visionary work being done in the regional cinema of the country too which remains hidden due to our own short vision and limited access. So stop being fooled by all these routine projects made to serve the demanding market packaged in an impressive style and move towards the actual cinema, which you all have been missing since long.
Rating : 1 / 5 (And that too just for the sake of the debutants)
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