First up, the performances. Deepak Dobriyal is now a thorough thespian who really gets under the skin of his characters and delivers them with conviction. But Mahie Gill works as the surprise package as her buxom personality and gasping sobs remind us of Urmila Matondkar of the yore. Even the stylish hairstyle is in place.
The story is one which we are familiar with and Ramu churns it through his regular fancy low angle and hand-held camera movement. The film acquires a grainy look sometimes in the middle making one wonder if it is just another student film project that uses gimmicks to raise an otherwise redundant screenplay. The story never really manages to pull you in completely.
So the real question is whether Ramu really is a genius who can do thriller better than anyone else in the country or is he still a cinema student resorting to filmi widgets to fool an unsuspecting audience. Whatever it is, Ram Gopal Varma is still one of the better filmmakers in a pool of insipid idiots. With Not A Love Story he proves just that.
Do I recommend it? Sure. This desi thriller is one of the better ones to have come out this side of Johnny Gaddar by Sriram Raghavan, even if it does not fully compare in terms of style and technique. I m going with three stars and yet another half for Ramu to have finally come to his senses.view less