Not a love story is RGV’s DDLJ

Almost 16 years ago, Amrish Puri said to Kajol: “Jaa jee le apni zindagi” in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. Not a love story begins where DDLJ ends. Robin (Deepak Dobrial), the obsessed boyfriend of Anusha (Mahie Gill) lets her off to carve a niche in Hindi film industry.

The disclaimer at the beginning is clearly not meant to be taken seriously, as we all know that we’re watching the story of Maria Susairaj and Jerome Matthew. Director Ram Gopal Varma basks in his past glory with the title track of Rangeela. The track acts as a leitmotif, which soon begins to sound irritating after a point of time, especially when it’s used as ringtone of Mahie.

Deepak Dobriyal showcases his histrionics, while Mahie seduces the camera with her assets. Ashish Bhatnagar (Ajay Gehi) plays Mr. Fix-it with élan, especially the drunken scene. The ‘chopping of body’ scene gives you goose-bumps without witnessing anything gory. The much overrated lovemaking scene near a corpse is actually Deepak Dobrial’s way of crooning ‘Tujhe dekha’ to the perturbed Mahie.

The background score by Sandeep Chowta complements with the crazy camera work, which employs low angles from the ‘wrong places’. RGV spares you from the futile police investigations and courtroom dramas, by keeping it short and simple. The writer Rohit Banawlikar deserves a pat in the back, especially for twist in the climax – something much more romantic than SRK embracing Kajol in the mustard field. If RGV were to make DDLJ, this is it.


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