Love Hostel Rating 2.0/5 & Rating
DEAR HOSTEL is the story of a couple on the run. Ahmed Shokeen aka Ashu (Vikrant Massey) and Jyoti Dilawar (Sanya Malhotra) live in a town in Haryana. They both love each other and decide to get married against their parents’ wishes since Ashu is Muslim. His father is currently in prison after an AK-47 gun was planted in his meat shop. Therefore he is considered a terrorist. Jyoti’s grandmother is Kamala Dilawar (Swaroopa Ghosh), an MLA. She and Jyoti’s family forcibly settled her marriage to a man from her community. Days before their wedding, Jyoti runs away with Ashu. Both go to court and get married. The judge asks them to move to a safe house, and the parents of both are told to come to the next hearing a week later. The safe house is also known as the “love hostel” because that’s where all the runaway couples live. It is run by a corrupt police officer named Chaudhary (Sidarth Bharadwaj). On their first night in the safe house, Ashu receives an urgent call from Chaudhary. The policeman tells him that he has to quit his job of illegally delivering beef, which he did for a certain Devi Singh. Ashu makes it clear that he wants to quit the job. However, Chaudhary and Devi Singh insist and so he goes out to make the delivery. Jyoti, on the other hand, had posted a video on social media explaining that she married Ashu and that if anything happened to her, Kamala Dilawar would be responsible. An enraged Kamala then summons Viraj Singh Dagar (Bobby Deol) to find her and take her to her apartment. Dagar is a mysterious killer who has successfully eliminated runaway couples. According to government records, he died 7 years ago. While Ashu is gone, Dagar arrives at the “Love Hostel” and begins randomly killing couples while trying to search for Jyoti. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Kunal Sharma’s concept is interesting. The idea of a safe home for couples due to a regressive mindset in society can make a great film. However, the story of Mehak Jamal and Yogi Singha is tenuous and doesn’t live up to this good concept. Shanker Raman’s script is not tight. The biggest problem with the writing is that the subplots are weak and not properly explained. The finale is also a disappointment. Yogi Singha’s dialogues are average. A movie like this should have had hard-hitting dialogue.
Shanker Raman’s direction is fine. He was in much better shape in his previous film GURGAON . A weak script helped him here and there is not much he can do to save the product. He deserves credit for the realism and for giving the film a NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN treatment. Some scenes are well executed, such as Sanya’s confrontation with Chaudhary and Sanya’s reaction when she sees the “Love Hostel” for the first time. In fact, the film is captivating to a point and one looks forward to what happens next. Ideally, the film should have been mostly about Ashu and Jyoti, who were on the run while trying to save themselves from the wrath of Dagar. Unfortunately, the subplots gain in importance in the second half. And the backstories are never properly explained. Therefore, one cannot understand certain developments. In addition, a crucial figure is completely forgotten in the climax. The film ends in disappointment.
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Bobby Deol is decent but plays a one-dimensional character. Therefore, although his character is menacing, the effect is minimal. Vikrant Massey is not in top form. Sanya Malhotra is quite good and tries to rise above the inferior script. Swaroopa Ghosh is nothing special. Raj Arjun (Sushil Rathi) is great but his character is treated poorly. Sidharth Bharadwaj is memorable. Simran Rawal (Babli Dilawar) and Aditi Vasudev (Nidhi Dahiya) leave their mark. Sonal Jha (Sushil Rathi’s wife) is exhausted. Seema Raja (Ashu’s mother) does well in a small role. Akshay Oberoi (Diler) is just okay. One wonders why he chose to play such a random character. Yogesh Tiwari (Randhir Dilawar; Jyoti’s father), Yudhvir Ahlawat (Rakesh Dilawar), Vishal Om Prakash (Advocate Ashok Khanna), Manoj Bakshi, Ramesh Kundu (Suraj Bhan), Navneet Malik (Param) and Suman Kumar Jha (Sajid) are in Order .
Shor Police’s music is unforgettable. The film should have been a songless fare. Clinton Cerejo’s background music has a cinematic feel to it.
Vivek Shah’s cinematography is decent. Mausam Aggarwal’s production design is realistic. Amritpal Singh’s action is full of bloodshed and a bit disturbing. Utpala Barve’s costumes are straight from life. The editing of Nitin Baid and Shan Mohammed is appropriate.
Overall, LOVE HOSTEL is disappointing fare due to the weak script and execution.