'Love' and 'Ishq' are very commonly used words in our Bollywood films. We have seen many such Bollywood films which were filled with intense romantic love stories. Mother Teresa once said, "Intense love does not measure, it just gives." And, if you seriously think over this quote, you will find its answer in latest released Marathi film ‘Ishqwala Love’ made by producer - director Renu Desai. The dynamic female director is making her debut through this film, after attempting her first successful Marathi film ‘Mangalashtaka Once More’ as a producer only last year.
This time she has presented a new pair in the form of Adinath Kothare with Sulagna Panigrahi, who is a fresh face for Marathi audience. “Ishq wala Love’ is an intense love story happening between a youngster Ajinkya Nene (Adinath Kothare), working in a corporate law firm; who is more keen in music field, trying to make his own music album. He finds a fresh and expressive face for his video album in Ovi Abhyankar (Sulagna Panigrahi). It’s a ‘love at first sight’ for both youngsters, who happily enjoy each other’s company, with the kind permission from their family members. While Ajinkya has only his father and grandmother to share his happy moments; Ovi has a big joint family to pull her legs. However, she is very close to her elder married sister (Bhargavi Chimule). Everything goes on well till interval, when Ajinkya and Ovi make a trip along with common friends to picturesque Mauritius. However, when Ajinkya proposes Ovi for marriage; she has different thoughts of continuing their happy relationship, i.e., living together lifelong without marriage. She is averse to the word ‘marriage’ for no convincing reason though she participates happily in all such traditional ceremonies at home.
The post interval session of the film drags on with nothing much interesting happening in the story, except for the involvement of Ovi’s big family trying to convince Ovi on her extreme decision. Our hero is firm and sensible and even visits Ovi’s sister during her delivery time in hospital. He however, doesn’t pay much attention to Ovi on her adamant stand. The film takes you to a traditional climax that we have witnessed in 80's and 90's films. Though the director has tried to give few twists in the screenplay, viewers know that the film would end with a happy note.
‘Ishqwala Love’ is a film for Sulagna Panigrahi. In the entire film, she does all the talking; so much so that she literally keeps the hero, her sister and all her friends at the receiving end. You can compare her with the performance of Asin in 'Ghajini’. However, she is a too good performer and very lively. Her expressive face, her spontaneous body language at every situation is simply remarkable. Even if she were asked to dub her own dialogues in this film, she would have done it with sincerity. Chocolate hero Adinath has also done very well in the role of fun loving but responsible Ajinkya. His chemistry with Sulagna has worked very well.
There are too many supporting artistes; most of whom are popular TV stars. But, amongst them Bhargavi Chirmule (as Ovi’s sister), Suchitra Bandekar (as Ovi’s mother), Satish Pulekar (as Ajinkya’s father), Apoorva Nemlekar (as Ovi’s close friend) find some scope, however, others have very limited scope. It was surprising to find Swapnil Bandodkar, Guru Thakur, Mangesh Borgaonkar and music director Avinash Vishwajeet also making special appearances. Film’s highlight is it’s excellent cinematography captured by ace cameraman Binod Pradhan. Besides capturing the beauty at outdoor locations, he has given the best look to all artistes.
Technically, ‘Ishq Wala Love’ is a well presented film with a timely message about importance of marriage. This film’s production quality matches with the quality of any big banner Hindi or South film. Moreover, this film is targeted at youngsters and surely they will enjoy it, as both Adinath and Sulagna present a fresh pair which will definitely entertain them.
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