Not A Love Story Movie Review

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The promos of Ram Gopal Varma’s latest offering Not A Love Story warned that the movie is not for the fainthearted. I say it’s not for the frail of neck. Why? For the most part of the film, the viewers will be canting and craning their neck left, right, and -- if physically possible -- downside up, just following the camera movements. No sooner than you’ve seen a dozen such dizzying shot compositions, the obvious thought pops up in your head: which doped out gymnast did Ramu rope in as DoP? But then, knowing well the filmmaker’s oeuvre, you realize that the mind behind the DoP’s freewheeling hand is verily Ramu’s. Which, in fact, turns out well for Not A Love Story.

Ramu approaches the film from the point of view of a thriller and not just a macabre love story, which all those who’ve been following the infamous 2008 murder case that inspired the film would expect. So the squeamish ladies planning to stay away from NALS for the fear of being subjected to the gorefest of a body being chopped into tiny pieces, breathe easy! The good Ramu eschews blood splattering. What he rather focuses on is the torrid relationship between the lead players, Mahi Gill and Deepak Dobriyal, their passion, crime, guilt, and punishment.

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