It has been a crazy day and just finished watching another of the new releases this week. The film in question is the brand new Hindi film Aafat-E-Ishq on Zee5. There have been so many films that have been made on the central theme of love. The usual girl meets boy funda is truely outdated now which is why the makers are pushing their boundaries and trying to explore new concepts within the genre that is easily the most used one. And so the trailer of Aafat-E-Ishq promised for a multi genre drama within the genre of romance. Is it another horror comedy? A fantasy love story? Both? Lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Aafat-E-Ishq follows the story of a 30 year old woman who hasn’t yet found the true love of her life. And that is all I can reveal of the story that will probably go down as he whackiest of the year yet! The screenplay springs up a surprise too. For starters, this is extremely niche. The fantasy genre introduced in a small town setup in itself is a far fetched idea. And so if you are going in expecting the same old small town story then you will be in for a shock. It will take you as an audience to warm up to the drama jat is layered and filled with horror, comedy and fantasy. You will also find yourself questioning the logic in the film. But the best way to enjoy this film in particular is allow it to let it be and just enjoy the show without any questions. And when you do that, you will find yourself laughing at the dark comedy while also being shocked. One of the most bizarre pieces of writing that I have seen in a Hindi film this year and this is the best compliment that I can give. Yes, a few sequences do lack execution and might be a tad stretched but I am willing to look past these flaws. The concept is fresh and experimental and this piece of writing deserves a huge round of applause. The film keeps you engaged throughout culminating into an extremely satisfying final act when all the dots are connected. Really a great attempt with the screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are well penned though some of the dark comedy could have been explored through the dialogues too. The music is a surprise package too and is quite nice, the BGM compliments the drama well. The VFX could have been better but since it is a low budget film, I am willing to look past this too. The editing though could have been slightly more sharper. Director indrajit Nattoji had a very tricky subject at hand. Barring a few scenes which lacked execution, he does a splendid job. The Direction is good for most parts.
The performances are outstanding. There are hilarious cameos by Anil Charanjeett as Pratap and Vikram Kochhar as Samajhdar , both of whom are exceptional. Ila Arun as Bahuji is pretty good and her diction is beautiful to listen to. Archana Gupta as Suhani looks pretty and seems also at ease in front of the camera. Namit Das as Aatmaram is exceptional particularly in the final act where he gets to showcase his acting chops. Amil Sial as Prem Gunjan is brilliant although in a slightly underwritten role. He was totally convincing in his character although on paper it may seem like a miscast. Deepak Dobriyal as Vikram is wonderfully restrained and his stoic expressions are a winner all the way. Neha Sharma as Lallo has improved leaps and bounds as an actor. For someone who began her journey with Crook now had the task to shoulder a film mostly by herself. And she does a commendable job. There are many shades to her character Nd she is in top form here!
Aafat-E-Ishq will go down as one of the whackiest films of the year that will keep you invested till the end in a multi genre format. Available on Zee5.