After a long time I felt like watching a RGV movie and the movie happened to be ‘Not A Love Story’ inspired by the now famous Neeraj Grover murder case. The promos and the controversy surrounding the movie was not only a major motivation, however the fact that I had been keeping track of this case since 2008 was also another reason for me to watch this movie.
Gone are the days where lovers jilted in love or lovers who got cheated in love resorted to alcohol a la Devdas style. It was an unusual case where two lovers did a heinous act that the entire nation woke up to one morning.
‘Not A Love Story’ is a total RGV movie from the word go. Like in his previous movies like Satya, Kaun, Ek Haseena Thi or even Bhoot, where the first half of the movie is slightly slow and then the movie moves faster in the second half, he uses the same technique here. In the first half he tries to establish the characters and the premise and therefore the movie tends to drag, however in the second half the entire movie moves faster and holds you to your seat till the end.
RGV has tried to give an interpretation of what might have happened in that flat, among the three characters on that fateful day. Performance-wise this will show to the world how good an actress Mahie Gill is. She has lived the role and the performance just grows on you from the point the movie starts till the end. Deepak Dobriyal is first rate, no other actor would have suited the role of Robin, the way he has. Amit Gehi in a brief role is very powerful and so is Nasir Hussain who plays the role of a cop.
I won’t say that this is one of the best movies of RGV but yes after all those experiments gone wrong movies like RGV Ki Aag, Phoonk, Agyaat, Contract etc, Not A Love Story comes as a fresh breath.
Technically there are many flaws as the camera is shaky in almost every scene and sometimes it is out of focus. Background score by Sandeep Chowta is amazing, he had shown his musical brilliance earlier too in movies with RGV like Satya and Kaun.
All in all an above average movie and at the box office it might find average success considering the fact that the movie was made at a shoe-string budget.