– REEMA CHHABDA
Ahmed (Vikrant) and Jyoti (Sanya), two star-crossed lovers, elope and marry. Jyoti’s powerful family, on the other hand, is against it. They hire a mercenary (Bobby) to assassinate the two, and the drama begins.
As the title suggests, Love Hostel is about two star-crossed lovers from different walks of life (faith in particular) who try to live together by defying societal rules. But how will society avoid poking its nose into their affairs? Jyoti’s family includes a matriarch, Dadi, who is also an accomplished politician. She hires a mercenary to assassinate the two and remove the ‘daag’ from their surname. On the surface, the film appears to be a straightforward love story about a mercenary on the hunt for two loves. But wait, there’s more.
Shanker Raman sets up the world to investigate Haryana’s dark side, but he fails to develop any form of tension through the story in order to keep things short and gritty. You don’t care about either of the leads since the director fails to elicit any sympathy for them, owing to a lack of characterisation.
Excessive subplots also serve as a major spoiler by deviating from the central idea. While the first hour has some promise, the entire build-up crumbles in the final 45 minutes like a pack of cards. Bobby Deol’s character is also underdeveloped, as more time was needed to develop a backstory for a serial murderer like him.
The setting is adequate, but it can’t do much because the screenplay lacks enough moments to elicit interest in the situation. Because the majority of the movie takes place at night, the cinematography and lighting are also darker.
When it comes to performances, Bobby Deol tries hard but fails with his performance while playing a character who is grossly underdeveloped. He maintains his ferocity throughout the film, has a fear-inducing screen presence, and delivers his lines well but it does not create an impact on the audience.
Sanya Malhotra gives a sincere performance, fitting into the mould of her multi-faceted character. While she’s a breeze in certain love sequences with Vikrant in the first half of the film, she shifts gears in the second half to add some intensity to the story.
Vikrant Massey is dependable as always, and he performs admirably within the script’s confines. Though he did well in the arc, Raj Arjun’s character is somewhat meaningless.
Akshay Oberoi and the rest of the cast are mostly wasted due to a lack of screen time.
Love Hostel is, on the overall, a mediocre experience with little to offer. It’s built on an amazing one-liner, but it falls short when it comes to turning the concept into a full-length script.