Review by: Ajay Kulye

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Productions first Marathi movie and Swwapnil Joshi’s genre changing attempt falls short of expectations. The overall plot and premise fail to engage the viewers. The Romantic Thriller woven around a murder mystery is short of twists and turns and follows very boring interrogation and flashback story.

The chemistry between Anjana Sukhani and Swwapnil Joshi looks nice but does not fulfils expectations of Sanajay Leela Bhansali’s grandeur. The problem area lies at the start of first half, as the viewers has to guess whose murder has happened, but the story still concentrates on romantic angle rather than the actual murder angle. Actor Swwapnil Joshi carries too much of a burden of the weak screenplay.

The story starts with a murder reporting at the Lonavala resort. Inspector Ajinkya Randive (Kamlesh Sawant) and his Assistant Nandini Nimbalkar (Samidha Guru) after primary investigation, narrow down on 2 prime suspects out of a dozen(why? don’t know) and start interrogation in a very easy manner (As told by their seniors on phone). Yash Patwardhan and Janhavi are the 2 prime suspects with murder motives.

Yash Patwardhan (Swwapnil Joshi) is a famous film actor, who agrees to act in a play produced and directed by his mentor Potdar (Jaywant Wadkar). Yash is already committed in a relationship with Actress Shreya (Sneha Chavan), who seems too possessive. The cast and crew of the play go to the resort in Lonavala for rehearsals. Yash falls in love at first sight with the Resort Manager Janhavi (Anjana Sukhani), who is engaged to the resort owner Guru Patil (Milind Gawali).

The first half of the movie slowly concentrates on the interrogation of both Yash and Janhavi, in fact their romantic back story. There is one lie in every statement by both. Now who is telling the truth? Why there is a lie? By the end of the first half, it gets clear who is being murdered and Yash becomes the prime suspect.

Who done it and why, is the question around which the whole second half is woven. The suspect list increases and the interrogation takes speed. Meanwhile 2 more murders take place kick stating the ultimate climax.

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Swwapnil Joshi is the star of Laal Ishq. He shines bright in the army of newcomers in Marathi Cinema. Swwapnil looked different and portrayed a grey shade character of Yash Patwardhan rather easily. He takes the cake in the intense interrogation scenes. Anjana Sukhani looks beautiful and carries her character with ease too. Sneha Chavan portrayed possessive and lively Shreya with ease.

There are couple of show-stealers in Jaywant Wadkar and Kamlesh Sawant, due to their rather unusual characters of Potdar and Inspector Randive. Rest of the cast of Samidha Guru, Piyush Ranade, Milind Gawali and Yashashri Masurkar give their best acting performances.

The story by Shirish Latkar lacks pace. The main pillars of the murder mystery are the twist & turns and he fails to provide those in the first half. Due to the limitation in the gripping screenplay the movie fails short of expectations. Direction by Swapna Waghmare Joshi is of best class, but she should have concentrated on gripping first half.

Other technical aspects like Music, Cinematography, background score and editing are good.

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The problem with Laal Ishq is that it does not keep the viewers engaged. The flaws in the screenplay does not make this one an edge of the seat thriller. Truth, Lies and Love are the deadly recipe for success as well as failure. Diehard Swwapnil fans can watch this one for him and him only.

Rating: 2.5/ 5

Movie: Laal Ishq | लाल इश्क
Director: Swapna Waghmare Joshi
Producers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Studio: Bhansali Productions
Cast: Swwapnil Joshi, Anjana Sukhani, Sneha Chavan, Jayant Wadkar, Samidha Guru, Priya Berde, Piyush Ranade, Yashashri Masurkar, Milind Gawli, Uday Nene, Kamlesh Sawant
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues: Shirish Latkar
Music: Amit Sawant, Nilesh Moharir
DOP: Prasad Bhende
Editor: Jayant Jadhar
Background Music: Amar Mohile
Co Producer: Shabinaa Khan
Genre: Romantic Suspense Thriller
Release Date: 27 May 2016
Duration: 118 Mins

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