Movie Review: Not A Love Story (2011)
Ramgopal Varma is controversy’s favorite child. And it’s not the first time that there is so much of a hullabaloo over an RGV film. Be it his choice of subjects or his tweets, RGV is truly distinct, known for walking the untrodden path and speaking his mind. Like him or not, you can’t disregard him. This time around, the maverick film-maker chooses to narrate a crime story on an extremely contentious theme, a heinous murder.In 2008, the nation woke up to a dreadful, deplorable news — a man was murdered and his body was chopped into pieces in suburban Mumbai. It was too horrific an incident to be forgotten. When one thinks of it, one wonders what could’ve provoked this brutal deed.
It is evident at the very outset that RGV’s NOT A LOVE STORY is inspired by the gruesome murder, the savage deed. It also raises a very pertinent question: How could something so brutal happen in a city like Mumbai? The film also drives home a point of view that no one is intrinsically bad and that a murder of this kind can also happen because of irrepressible emotions, in a fit of rage, at the spur of the moment. There are some compelling circumstances that force people to commit such heinous crimes.
In the summer of 2008, an aspiring actress was doing the rounds of the Mumbai film industry. In the course of her efforts, she met a man who lent her a helping hand. She got into a relationship with this man, unknown to her boyfriend. And one fateful morning, her boyfriend landed up when she was with that man in her apartment. All hell broke loose and what followed after that, SHOOK AN ENTIRE NATION.