After a wasted dope of utopian hope in YOUNGISTAAN, director Syed Ahmad Afzal tries to draw some 'real' blood with LAAL RANG dil se
but fails phir se
A slacking story on the grim and very serious issue of blood mafia, LAAL RANG is bafflingly written by the director Syed Ahmad himself and his partner Pankaj Matta.. Is it a bromance? black comedy? A drama based on a real incident? A romance?.. its impossible to fit LAAL RANG in a specific genre and it's not a good thing.
Beginning with a deliberately fudged setting in Haryana's town - Karnal. Rajesh (Akshay Oberoi - well done) is the son of a government servant and wants to do a diploma in pathology and gets the admission. Rajesh befriends fellow student Poonam (Piaa Bajpai - impressive) and Shankar(Randeep Hooda - fantastic) who runs a illegal blood bank. Awed by Shanker's power, status and RX 100 motorbike charm, Rajesh easily agrees to be part of the blood trade and the writers make it so easy like buying groceries from the supermarket. Take blood from poor and needy and deliver them in plastic bags to blood banks anywhere..
The issue of illegal blood donation business is a serious matter and the writers should have shown some more responsibility on the subject matter rather than nestling on the bromance between Hooda and Akshay which is endearing for the commoner but lacks conviction and motivation for a serious viewer.
Anyways, rift occurs between Randeep and Akshay and the Haryanvi Jai Veeru get separated... sob sob.. the local big cop - Rajniesh Duggall (good) is on the prowl.... Brawl.. audience getting bored.. dil says no more..
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.