Star Cast: Randeep Hooda, Akshay Oberoi, Pia Bajpai, Meenakshi Dixit, Rajniesh Duggall, Rajendra Sethi and Ashutosh Kaushik
Director: Syed Ahmad Afzal
Producer: Krian Pictures
Claps For: Performances, Direction and Dialogues
Slaps For: Editing and Songs
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: The plot revolves around Rajesh, who plans to marry college sweetheart Poonam, while helping his friend Shankar Malik run the illegal blood bank. Equations between the two change when Rajesh starts getting greedy about money and the police starts chasing their men down to get to Shankar.
Performances: Randeep Hooda is, undoubtedly, the jaan of the film. Playing the rough-and-tough Haryanvi gangster who runs an illegal blood bank, he will charm you with his antics and win your heart. From playing a caring friend and torn-in-love aashiq to getting his act as the evil mastermind who knows who to get his work done through smartly- he does it all effortlessly.
Equally impressive is Akshay Oberoi. His character doesn’t have a plethora of shades like Hooda’s Shankar, yet he manages to catch your attention and make the character, which could have easily gotten away as any other “gangster-ka-dost” role, worth paying attention and holding on to.
It is their thicker-than-blood bromance that is the core of the film and makes ‘Laal Rang’ worth the watch! While we have seen Hooda bond with many co-actors in the past, it is a surprise to see Akshay get the bonding so well on-screen. His eyes have a shine and there’s a smile on his lips every time he is around Randeep. Thanks to the director for not making this a melodramatic one, but keeping it filmy yet believable and natural.
Pia Bajpai is a complete delight to watch. Cuter than her, is her English that provides good amount of humour. Though her character in the story is nothing short than what may be termed as an “eye-candy”, but director makes sure that she is well-utilized.
Meenakshi Dixit looks gorgeous but has nothing much to do.
Special applause for the actor who plays the Baba (someone please tell me his name, he was fantastic.)
Rajniesh Duggall’s restrained performance as the cop is convincing enough.
Direction: What’s good about the movie is that Syed Ahmed Afzal doesn't let the movie slip into any other zone despite having two romantic tracks, the blood bank smuggle and a lot more going on. He pays attention to the little details and makes this one an interesting watch.
However, there weren’t any twists and turns or any such moments that would make this flick a ‘crime-thriller’ as it was promoted to be.
The only two departments where the film fails is proper editing and music (which is very irritating).
Combo-On-Offer: Crime Drama + Comedy
Verdict: Filled with the right amount of humor, drama, nice performances and clap-worthy dialogues, ‘Laal Rang’ is a complete paisa vasool flick worth the watch. Hence, we give the movie CLAPS.