Movie Review: Not A Love Story (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “NOT A LOVE STORY is a wonderful illustration of how the accurate approach to storytelling can levitate a film. Try not to miss this one!”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “Brilliant direction, gripping screenplay, superlative performances and excellent skilled technical support makes Not a Love Story a must watch!”
3.5 “Not A Love Story not just manages to intrigue the audience but also fits in well with the dramatic tale that RGV wanted to tell.”
3.5 “Not A Love Story attempts to unravel the abiding mystery of human nature and the extreme measures it resorts to, when pushed to the brink.”
3.0 “It’s engaging and watchable – if for nothing else, for the flashes of the RGV of yore.”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “NOT A LOVE STORY is not a bad film! “
3.0 “Not A Love Story is an interesting study of the darker and more devious spots of friendly neighbourhood types.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Gripping Film with Bad Camera work.”
2.5 “The performances of the actors and the fact that the movie is ‘inspired’ by a real life murder case that shook the city in 2008 does make the movie worth a watch.”
2.5 “Do watch it if you haven’t sworn off Ramu. “
2.5 “The film is no great shakes. But it’s an alright thriller with a few moments that definitely unnerve you.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Not A Love Story gets mired by poor story-telling. Despite having a very gruesome and shocking subject, the faulty narrative makes it lose its impact leading to boredom.”
2.0 “It’s far from Varma’s best work, but it’s not entirely unwatchable.”
IBN Live
2.0 “The narrative is predictably linear. Tsk. Waste. I’d rather read Baghel’s book.”
1.5 “Ram Gopal Varma disappoints with Not A Love Story.”
1.5 “Varma adds nothing but noise to the story we know, from all those panting details that have been splashed in the tabloids.”

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