Bromance and Haryanvi humour energizes the film, which drags at places!
Set in Karnal, Haryana in the early 2000s
Laal Rang is a crime thriller revolving around the illegal blood trade business. It is also a story of brotherly love; materialistic pursuits and how the subject of money changes inters personal relationships. Shankar ( Randeep Hooda) is a local goon and a Messiah for the poor. He is also the kingpin of an illegal blood trade business running in the city. Enamoured by Shankar's swag and a Yamaha RX100 motorcycle, pathology student Rajesh Dhiman (Akshay Oberoi) enters the business and enjoys all its benefits. Shankar is like an elder bro and grooms him in everything be it booze, babes or blood business. Life is hunky dory till the police gets behind their back. What happens thereafter forms the crux of the story
What is hot...
Performances from Randeep and Akshay are first rate. While the former is known for his acting chops Akshay is a pleasant surprise as the greedy small town youngster. Randeep infuses life into his role with gusto. His Shankar is stylish, romantic, shrewd and lovelorn with a great sense of humour. And he looks damn hot. Akshay gets his act right for the most part and he is someone to watch out for. Pia Bajpai also does well as the ambitious gal from Saharanpur who wants to marry the ‘right guy’. Meenakshi Dixit does not have much to do and Rajniesh Duggall is adequate. The film has many lines that will make you chuckle and there are doses of good dark humour. We get to see the funnier side of Haryana and that is refreshing. While some films showed it in somewhat misogynistic light, in Laal Rang the men dote on their women. The music is peppy and the background score does justice to the film. Right from the dialect to locales great care is taken to make it look very authentic. The number Bawli Poonch is quite funky in terms of lyrics and composition. Composer Mathias Duplessy’s work is commendable. What is not..
The film does not boast of a great story. For a film with a social angle, some might find it a little simplistic or even a bit superficial. The first half drags a little as the director establishes the bromance between the two over long drives, drinks and love gyaan. The love story of Shankar and Rashi (Meenakshi) could have been explored in a better manner as it impacts the climax of the film. Given the funny tone of the film, the message gets a tad diluted.
While the story of Laal Rang might have faults, the performances, humour and authenticity largely makes up for it. Syed Ahmed Afzal’s earlier film Youngistaan had a novel concept and so does Laal Rang. Despite hiccups, the film touches on important aspects like how money dictates life and love in today’s times.
2.5 out of 5
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