Aalaap Movie Review – 1.5/5
Not a dazzling melody!
Aalaap Movie Review – In Brief
In spite of an impressive star troupe, the movie betrays to touch any chords…
Four young men try to address the issue of Naxalism through music
Aalaap Movie Review – Story Plot
Rahul is a youth icon, played by (Amit Purohit) in Chattisgarh for his cultural activities as a college student being trained by Bhaiyyaji (Vijay Raaz) for better things whereas Pitobash Tripathy, Harsh Rajput and Aabid Shamim are rebellious youngsters, who make a rock band. When Rahul meets the trio and persuades them to team up with him for a state wide cultural function, all four of them develop a deep bond. However, their livings get touched when they see an army truck being blown up by Naxals and when they realise that the government measures are ineffective, they determine to utilize their music to bring love and peace to the conflict torn region.
How the four gets dragged in in the battle lines drawn by anti-Naxal cop RP Singh (Abhimanyu Singh), Naxal leader Gopal Reddy (Murli Sharma) and Naxal sympathizing doctor Bharti (Rituparna Sengupta) forms the rest of the story…
Aalaap Movie Review – Performances
The movie truly has an impressive supporting cast in the form of Murli Sharma, Vijay Raaz, Raghubir Yadav, Omkardas Manikpuri and Abhimanyu Singh and they all do full justice to their characters, in spite of having leaps in the form of a weak script and poor dialogues. The main star cast constituting Purohit, Rajput, Pitobash and Shamim too carry out passably though Purohit’s Rahul comes across as too ‘goody-goody’ and the other three seem to be rebels without a cause, whose anti-Establishment attitude is not actually explored efficiently.
Aalaap Movie Review – Direction
Although the idea of a rock band seeking to bring peace in a volatile environment is quite interesting; the execution part keeps this movie from being a applaudable effort. At times, the director looks confused about whether he is making a musical film or a film on the Naxal issue. Furthermore, why would four youngsters, who are evidently born and brought up in violent Chattisgarh, all of a sudden get affected and traumatized by one single incident, is something that is not explained clearly. The script and screenplay is not up to the mark and nor is the cinematography and other technical aspects.
Aalaap Movie Review – Music
The music by band Agnee is not so bad as such with songs like dil yeh awaaz de, pa pa ra pa and ek nayi roshni though the one item number ‘chadhti jawani’ is sure to invoke a cynical smile (why does every director want an item number, without regards to the plot and theme of the movie, is what you will likely end up wondering
Aalaap Movie Review Final Word
Like said earlier, the film has an impressive star cast but on the whole, the movie is not as effective as one would want it to be…