There was a visible planning behind the huge success of Marathi film Duniyadari, Sanjay Jadhav’s debut as a producer. The cinematographer-turned-director-turned-producer had picked up an entertaining story, had assembled top league of stars, roped in a brilliant music team, and above all extensively planned and executed the film’s marketing and distribution. The result was Duniyadari had become the highest grossing Marathi film, thus setting up high expectations from Sanjay Jadhav’s next venture.
This time, (don’t know whether it happened out of superstition) Jadhav plays mostly the same cards by repeating the lead pair of stars, employing an impressive team for music, and working a little more on promotion and distribution. Oh yes, he also made sure he keeps the date with a Shahrukh Khan film. But, sadly, the filmmaker this time has faltered with the story. No, it’s not too bad. In fact, the story had the potential to outshine Duniyadari. But, it seems, the writers, have a strong but unnecessary affection for tragic tales that they developed (spoiled will be the more accurate term) the story this way.
So, we have Amar and Alia’s Pyaar Vali Love Story set in the backdrop of the 1992 riots. Amar (Swwapnil Joshi) comes to Mumbai for the wedding of his elder brother Pashya (Sameer Dharmadhikari), and falls in love with Alia (Sai Tamhankar), the sister of Pashya’s best friend Kadar (Upendra Limaye). But before Amar could propose marriage, Alia is hurriedly engaged to Inspector Alam. Although Alia and Alam’s marriage could not take place as riots broke out on the wedding day itself, but the murder of an important character draws battle lines between Alia and Amar’s families, and their love is torn apart.
Pyaar Vali Love Story starts off at a promising note with fast-paced action sequences, melodious songs and a lot of enjoyable scenes one after the other. You start loving the film by the time it approaches an interesting and unpredictable twist at the interval, and you take a break expecting that more such action and entertainment will follow in the later half.
However, 15 minutes into the second half and you start yawning as the film loses its pace and fails to move forward convincingly. The second part too has some good scenes but they fall short of compensating the loss compared to the previous half. The director successfully creates a tense situation at the interval but fails to carry it over the next half. The screenplay post-interval is so sloppy that it seems as if nobody in bothered about the violent riots that are going on in the city killing hundreds of people. Pyaar Vali Love Story tries to show that the riots are affecting the lovelorn couple, but at the same time the couple on the run is shown caring little about the happenings in the surroundings.
The climax is too dramatic and unnecessarily grim while the film deserved a better ending. The film appears to have ignored its own tagline that reads ‘world will look beautiful if you fall in love’.
Pyaar Vali Love Story’s best side is its brilliant actors. Swwapnil Joshi and Sai Tamhankar have made a great chemistry this time. Sai looks very much pretty as Alia. The best performance from among the lot comes from Urmila Kanetkar Kothare, who plays Pashya’s wife Nandini. She has superbly enacted the character, which is well-written but quite difficult to play. It’s really pleasing to see Sameer Dharmadhikari and Upendra Limaye in the roles that suited them rightly. Both are very good actors and have shouldered this film very well from two ends. Chinmay Mandlekar, Nagesh Bhosle and Bharti Achrekar leave mark even in their smaller roles.
The film is good musically also. All the songs are melodious and have been picturised beautifully. The qawwali, shot on Amitraj, Adarsh Shinde, Jitendra Joshi and Sushant Shelar, is intense.
Overall, Pyaar Vali Love Story falls short of expectations. Sanjay Jadhav is a good director and a better planner. Let’s hope he will come up with a better film next time. Let’s also hope the competent director will stop narrating stories through the film’s characters, and will work hard on scripts so that we could watch the stories on the screen rather than just hearing it from Alia or anybody else.