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Laal Rang Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
The best thing about Laal Rang is its novel idea. It is dark, murky and lays the perfect plinth for an enchanting film. The bad news here is that it is an opportunity lost. Director Syed Ahmad Afzal fails to lap up the chance to deliver something memorable. His approach lacks clarity. The convoluted screenplay is unsure about where it is headed. Despite having all the makings of a macabre thriller, Syed goes for drama. There is romance, bromance, tears, heartbreak and enough material to make ‘fifty shades of sappy’.
Laal Rang Review by Urmimala Banerjee on Bollywood Life
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.
Laal Rang Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
The women seem to the weakest link in the film and that is highlighted because the twists in this tale are dictated by these two men who seek their approval. While the first half is well-paced, the second half doesn’t have the same momentum. However, it’s a fascinating expose into the immoral world of blood trafficking. The poor agreeing to donate their blood for some quick money and a packet of glucose biscuits is revolting, yet you can’t seem to tear your eyes away from the macabre. However, you need to be patient with this film as it tends to inject unwanted romantic twists and drama into a film that could have been gripping even without those crutches.
Laal Rang Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Laal Rang is a slow-burning drama about human blood-hounds that takes a while to come into its own, but when it does it has enough meat to last the course. Hooda might be in a ‘rockstar’ league of his own, but he does receive solid support from the other principal cast members, all of whom play characters firmly situated within the realms of the real and tangible. Akshay Oberoi, who has a hard act to follow, manages to hold his own. Rajneish Duggal, in the guise of a cop, has far less footage but makes the most of the limited opportunities. Piaa Bajpai informs her interpretation of the character of a gauche girl who speaks ‘Rapidex’ English with gay abandon, with warmth. The cast also has Meenakshi Dixit in the role of the woman Shankar loves and Shreya Narayan as the lab supervisor who has a massive crush on the blood pilferer. These may be walk-on parts but the characters aren’t insignificant. That’s the hallmark of a good script: even the minor figures have a defined role to play. A small film whose impact is enhanced manifold by Randeep Hooda’s presence, Laal Rang also has other bright spots. But cottoning on to them might call for patience.
Laal Rang Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Hooda as a Haryanvi hooligan is effortless, yet his performance doesn’t seem to lack much effort. He nails the casual manner of a rural ruffian. But a lot rests on Akshay Oberoi’s inexperienced yet overenthusiastic shoulders. He is committed as the naive, enterprising lad who’s only too glad to make a quick buck or 30. His character’s time lapse is fairly convincing and his transformation from young and adventurous to mature and cautious is well furnished with moustache and glasses. Piaa Bajpai’s pseudo hinterland accent is annoying and every frame she features in is excruciating to endure. Meenakshi Dixit and Rajneesh Duggal barely have much screen time and their contribution to the film would be somewhere between none and zero.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Syed Ahmad Afzal, who had made his directorial debut with ‘Youngistan’, did not make a mark with his debut film, but with Laal Rang, he is sure to be noticed. Though the film takes its time to get to the point, it is quite entertaining while being realistic at the same time. The dark humour and the Haryanvi touch to the dialogues, adds to the appeal of the film. The music is not that memorable and the plot could have been a bit pacy with a not too predictable climax. However, all said and done, Laal Rang is not a bad watch and for fans of Randeep Hooda, the film will surely be a weekend treat.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The writing is clever and funny and keeps you wondering ‘what will they come up with next!’. You like the minor characters like Dracula, Neelam the office admin lady, Rakesh’s parents, Rakesh’s ditzy girlfriend (the ‘I studied English with Rapidex English Speaking Course’) and Babuji co-conspirator of the Blood Bank (Rajendra Sethi). Each one owns the role they play. Which makes for an amazing watch. But then there are too many clever things being attempted here. And that slows the pace of the film until you are ready to give up. The music is forgettable and feels like an intrusion. But the film scores all its stars for the unusual treatment of a problem, the clever writing and of course the gorgeous body that is Randeep Hooda.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The Haryanvi accent, Randeep Hooda’s flamboyance (sadly nothing much can be said about his love interest Meenakshi Dixit who is a waste), Akshay’s confidence, Pia bajpayee’s impressive innocence, the dark humour by the little ‘baba’ are the highlights but the messy, easy, tepid and tedious treatment makes LAAL RANG a mere collection of elements rather than a distinct story, the movie fails to capitalize on the sobering subject of blood trafficking.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Then it boils down to the usual cat-and-mouse game between a diligent cop ( Duggal) and the blood robbers. And Hooda—an actor who is always watchable, especially when he is strutting the walk– loses yet another opportunity to break out of the long run of indifferent films he’s been stuck in.
Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle
The film appears to be going slow in portions when you feel the topic can move on. However, the director from the first scene itself makes an attempt to never really rush into scenes. Even the background music by Mathias Duplessly syncs well with many intense scenes but Bawli Booch songs stands out from the rest of the tracks. Poonam (placed by Pia Dixit), who manages to speak ‘Rapidex English’ has a lot of sincerity in her performance. She makes a promising debut and wins heart with her acting. Akshay Oberoi also manages to find his place under Randeep’s towering personality. Rajneesh Dugal as a tough cop makes an impact. Meenakshi Dixit, who plays Randeep’s love interest, is seen in an extended cameo.
Laal Rang Review by Indiaglitz
‘Laal Rang’ has a great theme attached to it which should have been told in an interesting manner with the help of good actors and an experienced director. This colour of excitement and aggression ends up being the colour of boredom.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
Laal Rang doesn’t delve deep into the criminals’ modus-operandi, but the two leads try their best to make up for the lack of the nitty-gritties. Laal Rang has a shade grey and is much more high voltage than an ordinary thriller. Nobody could have played it better than Hooda. It’s his film.
Review by Namrata Thakker on Rediff
Laal Rang does not pack a solid punch because of its choppy storyline. Also, since the film is set in the heartland of Haryana, all the characters speak in Haryanvi, which after a point becomes too much. If you don’t listen carefully, you may miss the point.
Review by Harshada Rege on DNA India
Randeep as the lovelorn head of the illegal business is absolutely effortless. He has a brilliant sense of timing while delivering his lines. And while his character has the swagger and style, it also has many human qualities to it. Randeep is in good form here. Akshay is competent as the guy who wants to make a quick buck. The bromance between the two actors is likeable. The idea is novel, unfortunately, the execution doesn’t do it justice.
Review by Shubha Shetty-Saha on Mid-Day India
One must give credit to Afzal for being sensitively able to explore the growing friendship between Shankar and Rajesh and also the awkward yet sweet romance between Rajesh and his Rapidex English speaking girlfriend Poonam (Pia Bajpai). Also, he has picked the right star cast, which largely contributes to the film. While Akshay Oberoi is earnest and shows huge potential, it is Randeep Hooda who gives a killer performance in this one. One didn’t have doubts about Hooda’s talent earlier, but it is roles like this that fully show what he’s capable of. Not many actors can come across as so hot and cool at the same time.
Review by Subhash K Jha on Bollyspice
Laal Rang is a riveting topical tale powered by a Haryanvi heft that is captured mainly through Hooda’s swaggering performance. There are moments when his brotherly affection for Oberoi seems so genuine it almost seems to exist beyond the conflicts portrayed in the plot. Laal Rang rolls up a swinging slithering mass of livid emotions and throws it in our face. Though some of it misses its mark, this is undeniably a film worth a dekko.
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