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Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Not A Love Story: Compelling tale, amateurish film-making


If you didn’t know better, you would almost think Ram Gopal Varma made “Not A Love Story” just so he could give his audience motion sickness. Crazy camera angles that peer into everything from the leading lady’s skirt to hidden corners of a house dominate this film and that is what stays with you, even after you leave the theatre.

Varma draws inspiration from the sensational murder case of Neeraj Grover, a television executive who was murdered by aspiring actress Maria Susairaj and her then fiancé Emile Jerome. He even shoots in the same building where Grover was killed and makes only cosmetic changes to the actual story.

Mahie Gill plays Anusha Chawla, a small-town girl who moves to Mumbai to become an actress, much to the distress of her possessive boyfriend Robin (Deepak Dobriyal). When she is offered a film role by studio executive Ashish (Ajay Gehi), the two become close and when Robin lands up in Mumbai to surprise her, he is shocked to find Ashish in her flat. In a fit of rage, he stabs him.

To his credit, Varma doesn’t stretch the story. If anything, he deals with events quickly. There are crazy camera angles and an ear-splitting background score, both of which do more harm to the story than good.

What’s in a name? The truth about “Kaminey”


When a friend went to buy movie tickets for Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey”, she felt uncomfortable.

She had never before used the word — Hindi slang for ‘scoundrels’ — and was embarrassed to utter it at the ticket counter.