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Superlative performances hook you into a disgusting story that comes from newspapers despite RGV going even crazier with his camera and sound departments.Read more
Not A Love Story is based on a true story. Two lovers kill a man and very Dexter-ously chop the body into pieces such that the parts fit in a few garbage bags. What seems to have caught director, Ram Gopal Verma's attention though, is that not only are these heinous mudrerers common people with good family backgrounds, but they also made love in front of a dead body. This scandalized the director enough to make it the main point of the film. The main theatrical trailer is adequately disgusting. And we can look forward to a nerve-chilling thriller.
The trailer also warns us against the typical RGV-downer - the weird camera angles including the inverted frame. And the usual RGV-style-threats, "Some crimes shock you, this one will make you shiver" and claims that "it's from the heart, but not for the faint hearted" I remember one of his films had a similar contest that challenged viewers to sit in the dark theater alone for the length of the film. These tall claims bring a smile even before the show begins.
Fortunately, the trailer at least promises to show the thrill rather than tell it in words. I'm looking forward to watching Deepak Dobriyal in a lead role. A good actor is always makes the film exciting. And there used to be a time when I'd have said the same thing about Mahie Gill. Unfortunately, I don't remember liking her work after Gulaal and Dev D.
The expectations are fairly balanced for Not A Love Story. It might have tilted towards liking the film because of RGV's claim that the psychology of a criminal intrigues him. But we know all too well that it doesn't necessarily mean that he will be able to show us the psyche through his film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
What can a moment of irrationality make you do? What unspeakable, unthinkable brutality is a human being capable of, if their survival is at risk? How much more evil can the irrationality get if it is out of love, fear or anger? Not a Love Story is a dramatized version of a story that involves a murder. What makes this murder special? It is committed not by a seasoned criminal, neither by a wannabe one. Regular people, people we can see ourselves be friends with, commit the murder and worse, manage the after effects rather cold-bloodedly. And yet, the execution of the film doesn't make you feel for it any more than a newspaper item. I read the news item, shook my head in dismay, and I turned the page.
Nevertheless, while I was watching the film, I was involved and interested in what Robin (Deepak Dobriyal) and Anusha (Mahie Gill) go through after a situation led them to murder. Even though, the trailers, gave away the core story. I moved with Anusha as she giggles through pretentiously and as she faces disappointment after disappointment in landing herself a role in a film. I was unsure of her actions as she was unsure of her own motivations of how she should handle her love life. I was shocked and afraid with her. I could see Robin's love for Anusha through his possessiveness. I saw how he cared for her as he protected her from seeing gore. But, this was only and only because of the outstanding performances.
Somehow, this once, I cannot make myself give even part of the credit for the actors' job to the director. One, because how can a person who makes such awful camera and sound/music decisions have anything to do with the performances? And two, I'm not convinced the director had time to direct the actors since he was so busy with the visual and aural quirks.
In fact, I must give myself a pat on my back for not letting his gimmicks distracting me from the content of the film. Okay, I'm sure there might have been at least a scene or two where the bottom-up angle or the camera held upside down or the shifty jerky moves it made might have worked towards a scene's impact. But, past experiences with RGV films make me walk into a new film with the intention of ignoring all such trials, and thus I set a block for them all. Oh, and the loud background score - I doubt it worked even in a single scene. I don't understand the use of horror music in a thriller.
This also added to what was bothering me throughout the film even though the story, like all stories coming out of life, was interesting and the acting was ace-class. The intention of the film was to fill me with disgust towards what a person like me can be capable of, but the music and camera wanted me to get scared. Moreover, the voyeurism that takes us to Mahie Gills short-skirt hems, the in-the-face B-grade-film-style skin-show make me roll my eyes rather than bringing out the character it is trying to build. All of this took me away from the intent when it had so much potential to draw me closer.
Also, in the second half, there was an interesting court drama brewing where three versions of an event came to the forefront. But there is too little time for the game to play out, which would then mean that the film should have been longer. And if there is one thing the film got right, it is the length. So, I'll just be happy with the way the court scenes turned out.
In one of those scenes, the horrified disbelief on the faces of Anusha's friends when they find out what happened - it said, "really? No! That couldn't be." Would you believe it if one of your acquaintances, let alone friends confessed to murder? That I think is the crux of Not a Love Story. Whatever I derived from the film was despite RGV, and that is his failure.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by SpiceZee Bureau, Zee News : ...After several dismissal films, Ram Gopal Varma again comes back with a hard hitting crime of passion. His maverick style of shooting is evident in almost all frames. Closeups of actors, dark silhouettes are all there. ... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...5Ds may be the next best thing in filmmaking, and lighting a scene may be redundant when you use one of them, but what RGV should have remembered is that a 5D is also an unforgiving camera. It enhances every flaw (skin, colour, production design, texture, everything), and such realistic magnification is not for the faint-hearted. ... full review
So-So, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...There are a lot of familiar Ram Gopal Varma elements in Not a Love Story. But what is new is the relationship between Emile/Robin (Deepak Dobriyal) and Maria/Anu (Mahie Gill). ... full review
So-So, Movie Talkies : ...True to form, Dobriyal plays his role of a loose cannon lover effectively, turning on the intensity in his eyes and body language to make the character believable... full review
So-So, by Stutee Ghosh, Planet Bollywood : ...Violence and blood are both expected and accepted but what is difficult to stomach is the placing of the camera. The angles from which scenes are shot are not just unusual but sometimes in bad taste and nauseating. ... full review
So-So, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...If only Varma hadn’t gone ballistic in terms of his cinematography and background score, keeping things quiet and subtle, this would have been twice the film it is now.... full review
So-So, by Reel Reptile, Upper Stall : ...But as far as sheer anti-vision and shock therapy is concerned, this film might make you forgive RGV for all the sins that he has unleashed upon us prior to this effort (including his disturbingly devastating tweets) but strangely, it also makes you want to strangle him for being a tortured wizard of blatant exploitation. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The question that remains unanswered at the end of Not A Love Story is, why on earth did Varma make this soft-porn film, if not to satisfy his own predatory instincts and titillate the audience in the process? ... full review
Thumbs down, Mumbai Mirror : ...It is half-experiment and half-RGV of old: misdirected and stultifying at its worst, it's highs marked with superb performances and a handful of riveting scenes... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Like in every RGV film without fail, there are a couple of moments, and here, besides the great chin-in-hand shot, there's a neat aside where, while the prosecution lawyers are roaring in court, the judge squeezes eye-drops into his eyes. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India : ...You go into the movie hall knowing this is not a love story. You come out learning it's not a lot of things. But if you have a severe appetite for watching people getting severed, this would surely humour your kinky fantasy.... full review
YoSarathKumar: NALS will b the PathBreaking BenchMark in the Indian Film.We want 1000 RGV"S who can Pull it off Like RGV..Love u Sir
Yashpal_: #PehchaanKaun > "NALS is sheer cinematic treat.1 of d films that u take back home & keep ''thinking'' -4stars"
yashgodbole: Not A Love Story - A brave attempt at telling the #Neeraj Grover Story
yashbash: great movie..! @RGVzoomin .! not a love story is having a superb story.!
vishakhvenugopa: wtcd "not a love story".. good work by RGV, i think this is true love!! and this is the real love story!!
VidyaParuchuri: Thoroughly enjoyed anothr masterpiece #NALS frm @RGVZoomin :-)) n loved the performance of actress Mahie Gill..she did a superb job!
vamsiraj143: "NOt a Love Story" What a fantastic screenplay by ramu very nice visual treat for movie lovers And fantastic ackground score...
vamsidijango: I saw 'Not a love story' it was awsome, its all about ramu's work
TheRedTailedBoa: Jus watchd NOT A LOVE STORY Such a vivid movie.. Som scenes reminds me my top fvrte ANGST(1983) Now m hungry for THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS.
tagore3d: Guruji, just watched 'Not A Love Story", I lovd the film...gr8 wrk guruji @RGVzoomin
sunnygoswami: Not a love story Thumbs Up...
singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Not a love story - I have always liked rgv films, but when it comes to crime films, he is brilliant.
shubham123321: watched muvi not a love story. really an awesum muvi ,ram gopal verma really rocks
Shravz: Zindagi ne Milegi & Not a Love story - back to back movies in a single day.... two good movies made so differently ...the beauty of cinema
sarthakthedevil: Watched Not a Love Story! Blew my head!! :D Solid cinema ;)
SangeethNath: WOW...! Wat a love story...! Very intresting screenplay done by ram gopal varma in te film NOT A LOVE STORY... commercial lovers don't in.
saaru50: RGV Rocks.He renovated the camera work with NALS , people who carry shit in their heads instead of brains pls Dnt watch this movie.
Roy_rajarshiC: NOT A LOVE STORY ...Watched it yday ...is a good one by @RGVzoomin after sometime ...insane but honest !!
rajpalyadav: Not A Love Story is a good movie must watch!
PravinSri: Not a Love Story movie..best romantc crime thriller.........must watch
paragmasteh: Not a love story movie: ram gopal verma is getting back to his satya,company,bhoot,rangeela standards
ninadgaikwad91: Saw Not a Love Story! Good one.. really Nice movie sir @RGVzoomin
manan_vora: Not A Love Story is definitely worth a watch. Deepak Dobriyal is top class. Also, the camera is worth a mention!
love_shahruk: Sis bought bigger flat...she's so happy...took me 2 c furniture etc then saw nals,rgv,mahi & Dipak all v good,went only 4 mahi,was worth it
kunaljp: Congrats to @rgvzoomin for having the guts to make Not A Love Story. Kept the viewers glued to the screen despite knowing the story
kshiraj: I loved @RGVzoomin Not a Love Story. This filmmaker is legendary and tells stories like no one else can. Standing ovation to him!
janakiramvit: NOT A LOVE STORY-8/10.. BGM cn b loud..but shudn't b louder thn dialogues..some scenes r really ________ ..i hv no words to say..superb #fb
Husain_Shakir: Watched 'Not a Love Story'. Good movie, but not so entertaining. Not sure why some industry people say it raises bar too high in filmmaking.
GDayanandR: watched @rgvzoomin 's Not a love story....believe me its NOT at all a BAD movie..worth watchng...GREAT RGV
Diya_9: Not a love story is a gruesome film.. But then it was a gruesome real story that happened... I had goosebumps most of the film
DirectrSrinivas: Not a Love Story (2011)....nice
Ayushmannk_fc: "Not A Love Story" shook my psyche to the core, can still hear my heart beating with fear • Applauses to the maker @RGVzoomin
amitabhadubey: #RGV is back #NALS (Not a love story) must watch movie
AmandeepSingh86: This time.RAM Gopal Verma was rocks....Not A Love Story is Awesome Movie.....Mahi Gill looking so sexy....
abir_sanyal: Dear @RGVzoomin Welcome back to business.#NALS is one of the best love stories I have seen in recent times.Sometimes,more real than reality.
_logik: Kudos to @RGVZoomin for making that movie "Not a Love Story". Creepy, and Pervy at many levels, but addresses criminal psyche nicely.
TheLoneShepherd: Not a love story .. not a bad watch .. deepak dobriyal brilliant as usual .. mahie gill disappointg as alwhys..
sonalbahuguna: Watched " not a love story".... Movie by RGV.. was so so....:)
Sethumadhavan: Not a Love Story- reminds you of the old RGV in places&is aided by the lead pair.
reddy_srikanth: Not a love story - Not so horrible, watchable :)
pr4ful: Saw "Not A Love Story" today since no lights from 10 am to 6 pm! one time decent watch! Same old weird RGV direction!
lonelycrowd: RGVs not a love story has lots of legs and little gore. The movie still works at some level. Mahi gill and dobral have good chemistry
karthik82: Not a Love Story - OK movie, unflattering camera angles & overdone music score was a little distracting. 6/10
hbhavesh: dn't knw why bt watched 'not a love story' last night !!! surprisingly it's one tym watch...
Gudagudi: Watched Not a love story.....not bad a movie...
aswathb: Watched 'not a love story' ... Watchable
aditiavalkar: 3/5 Review on Not A Love Story Movie By fenil_seta : Hail RAM GOPAL VARMA! http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Not-A-Love-Story-Movie-review-axkansopnn
a_henna: Not A Love Story - good story, horrible acting, horrible camera work.
whitelight007: Not a love story is seriously NOT worth wasting ur money. Don't go even if some1 pays you to watch it.
trioyash: #ramgopalverma make pornos instead of flopbusters like not a love story. #fuckedup!
TheHauntedGhost: Not a Love Story ??!! There was 'Not A Story' at all! #NotALoveStory #RGV
sumanthere: How is "Not A Love Story" a 'film'? It's mere sequencing of an event news channels had outlined extensively. Varma has no social sense left.
streetguide: watched "NOT A LOVE STORY" 4m trivandrum.. terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible...realy...@RGVzoomin
sidaarthdudeja: this is not a love story should change its name to this should not be a movie.
shaileshkapoor: Whoever shot this film needs to be shot dead. Camera, the rapist. #NALS
samparker09: Saw Its not a love story by mistake... What a pathetic Movie!!!
RjDhvanit: Not A Love Story - 1 mirchi Chatursingh - 0 mirchi Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande - 2 mirchi
rajatbhalla13: Watched "Not a love story". Terrible movie. Really cheap attempt to piggyback the Neeraj Grover murder case.
prachisrk: Not A Love Story was beyond horrible. RGV has gone insane
PallabB: Ram Gopal Verma does not deserve a standing ovation for making Not a Love Story. It is his worst work. Unwatchable. @MaheshNBhatt
NilPrince: Movie Review: Not A Love Story Batters Your Senses http://www.indianpost.co.uk/2011/08/21/movie-review-not-a-love-story-batters-your-senses/
Kritism: Don't watch It's Not a Love Story, poorly executed movie that leaves a bad taste in the mouth - 2/10
kritika_saxena1: Do not watch 'its not a love story'. Ramgopal verma has gone nuts!
KanoonKaBaap: And i don't remember when was the last time a film made me so angry. May be NoSmoking which i hated also. Bt it wasn't horny at least. #NALS
jainnimit: Not-a-love-story? It's not-a-film-actually! :D
InstinctMedia: Not a Love Story = Not a Movie...
iamdarayus: Watched 'Not A Love Story' today. Didn't like it. Crazy camera angels, irritating acting from Mahi Gill and orcourse its an RGV film!
harishkh1: Saw Not A Love Story, Oh My God, Must say that , RGV is a master in Soft Porn Movies, he should specialize more, what camera angles, hihihi.
gulsanpradhan: The Film NALS is about NALS...a timid fact and a timid story.i would anytime like to watch a love story with much more intensity than NALS.
geeroo: RGV has totally lost it. Why did we have to watch 'not a love story'? Terrible movie
cinemausher: NALS was such a waste of time
AVIROCKRULES: 'Not a love story' is a love story of RGV and flop films
ankur_gupta91: "Not a love story" is not even a story....don't watch it....
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
A fist fight that Robin (Deepak Dobriyal) gets into turns into a murder and Anusha Chawla (Mahie Gill) becomes his accessory to murder. Quickly they have to come up with an ingenuous way to get rid of the body and evidence.