If Shankar Raman’s first film, Gurgaon, which went from cinematographer to director, is a slow-burning, refreshing neo-noir, his new film Love Hostel is the complete opposite. The Zee5 release was so fast, it could have been easier in the extra 30 minutes. The characters do not develop. Plot developments are accelerating. The expressions thrown to round out the characters well are nowhere to be found. Love Hostel feels like an almost incomplete film.
In this 90 minute thriller there may be an attempt to make a movie where the bullets fly and the bodies move at the same speed as they die. Does it work? This is mostly not the case with the action scenes where Amritpal Singh dances brilliantly. Also Read: Licorice Pizza Review: Alana Heim and Cooper Hoffman Exalt Paul Anderson’s Nostalgic Journey to Magnificence
With a focus on Haryana, Love Hostel follows the newlywed couple Ahmed (Vikrant Massey) and Jyoti (Sanya Malhotra). This is the facility of providing a secret home to similar couples who may be victimized by the parents or the community after approaching the court for protection.
Ahmed and Jyoti’s happiness Jyoti’s grandmother, MLA Kamala Dilawar (Swaroop Ghosh) is furious. Kamala is a conservative and wants Jyoti to return home so she can kill her. She works with the deranged face, the crazy favorite Thackeray (Bobby Deol), to keep track of Ahmed and the torch. Thackeray is keen on hunting down couples who marry against their parents’ wishes. It has to do with his past event, when it was revealed at the end of the film, I wanted to tear my hair out.
Chunks of Love Hostel is so lazily written that I suspect the producers had a gun to Raman’s head to finish the film in no time at all. Or the image may have been over-edited to ensure that the running time is consistent for 90 minutes.
But, as seen in Gurgaon, Raman’s filming is so well planned that it is hard to believe that anything is wrong with Love Hostel.
Love Hostel, written by Shankar Raman, Mehk Jamal and Yogi Singha, reminded me of Joel and Ethan Goen’s No Country for Old Men (2007) because many elements in the plot are, at least only, very honest hitmen.
A protagonist communicates with bad guys and runs away with a bag of money. (I can not express Ahmed’s past without spoiling the picture).
Of course, Dakar is. Sufficient in the role of Deol. He has little to do but suggest a threatening presence. The moral center of the film is Sushil Rathi (Raj Arjun) who also has a good guard who watches over both the hero and the villain.
Other things that reminded me of No Country for Old Men is the surveillance device that Anton Sigur uses to find his goals. There is also a shooting scene at the Love Hostel, which is similar to the one between Sigur and Levelin Moss at the hotel. The scene at Love Hostel is wonderfully done. The cinematography of Vivek Shaw makes these few minutes look so luxurious and luxurious. In these areas Massey really resembles an action hero. At Love Hostel he was the element that most impressed me. He should consider starring in brilliant action films.
In general, nothing can be said interestingly or seriously about inter-religious or inter-caste couples at the Love Hostel. There is a gay couple in the picture, but it could have been homosexual. It seems like the writers wanted to make a comment, but they could not or did not. The main thing here is to create a tight thriller. In that sense, the parts of Love Hostel are very well crafted. But the combination of its parts does not really work. The film required great writing, so all of these characters, especially Dakar, appeared to be human, not card cutouts.
Director: Shankar Raman
actors: Sanya Malhotra, Vikrant Massi and Bobby Deol