The poster of ANGEL says, 'This is not a love story. This is a story about love'. Now, we wonder how the two sentences mean differently. Anyway, ANGEL is Choreographer-turned-director Ganesh Acharya's third directorial venture after SWAMI and MONEY HAI TO HONEY HAI. The 'story about love' marks the debut of Sanjay Dutt's nephew Nilesh Sahay along with Maddalsa Sharma.
The film begins with a guy being beaten by the police. We come to know that he's Abhay (Nilesh Sahay), who has just served a two year jail sentence. Through the flashback mode, we're shown the nasty bike accident in which Abhay inadvertently caused the death of a man. After serving the jail sentence, he meets Sonal (Maddalsa Sharma), who's the deceased man's physically challenged daughter and asks for forgiveness. Although Sonal is outraged initially, she mellows down and starts liking Abhay over a period of time. He too reciprocates her feelings and is on a mission to make her perfectly all right. So love brews between the couple amidst the physiotherapy sessions. Everything's just perfect until an incident throws their life in complete disarray.
The main flaw of the love story is that you simply don't connect with the characters individually, or even when they are together. The graph of the narrative is low as the film begins and is the same till the intermission point. Just like Sonal's condition, you desperately want the film to get better. And it does! After the interval, the twist shown elevates the narrative to a great extent. Just as you feel Ganesh has finally steadied the sinking ship, it plummets and again goes haywire. The hurried climax doesn't help.
There are flimsy scenes like Abhay taking on several policemen single handedly. Don't the police officers have guns? Then there's Sonal doing a Mere Khwabon mein jo aaye tackily. The numerous songs, most of them shot in foreign locations don't add any value. Amjad Nadeem's music is passable. Aseem Bajaj's cinematography is decent. Nilesh Naik's editing is good.
Nilesh Sahay copies Sanjay Dutt in his walking style. His acting is poor and needs a lot of improvement. Maddalsa Sharma is unimpressive in her handicapped act. Manoj Joshi hams. Aruna Irani is wasted.