What is the story about?
Lallo, a youg orphan girl has turned 30, and has never been in love. One day, she comes across a book about the legend of Laal Pari. However, the book seems to take over her life, as various men who are enamoured by her, begin to die one by one. Lallo starts being suspected of murder, but what is the truth?
Adapted from the 2015 Hungarian film Liza The Fox-Fairy, Indrajit Nattoji's film takes the Fox-Fairy and transplants it to a North Indian town as the "Laal Pari". There's a strange sense of unhurriedness about Aafat-E-Ishq, and the quirks abound in the screenplay. There's a mute ghost who can be seen only by Lallo, an aunt who loves her eyebrows being threaded in spite of her paralysis, and of course, several lovers who keep circling around Lallo, courting her. There's also a bumbling detective, Vikram, who keeps trying to investigate whether Lallo is innocent or guilty, and he keeps floating in and out of the house as her tenant. There are a number of quirky elements in the screneplay that make you laugh, but sadly, these moments somehow never cohere. There are times when you get reminded of the film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, but this film has none of the subtext which the Vishal Bhardwaj film had. The climax also feels too hurried and over-the-top, in order to inject more dramatics into the middling screenplay. Aafat-E-Ishq could have been a better screenplay, but it is content with middling results.
Neha Sharma is believable as the naive Lallo, who keeps fretting about her misfortune. Deepak Dobriyal provides laughs as the bumbling Vikram, who becomes her tenant in order to keep an eye on her. Namit Das is solid as the mute Aatma, a ghost only Lallo can see. Amit Sial tries to be charming as Prem Gunjan, but he hardly gets screen time. Ila Arun excels in a cameo as Ismat Aapa. The rest of the cast is okay.
Music & Other Departments
Gaurav Chatterji's background score is suitably weird. Shreya Gupta's cinematography keeps proceedings light and blurs the distinction between fantasy and reality. The production design is alright.
The cast pitches in with decent performances. Some of the dialogues are also funny.
The screenplay loses its footing in the second half, especially the climax.
Did I enjoy it?
I enjoyed it in parts.
Do I recommend it?
If quirky romantic comedies are what you seek, you can give this a one-time watch. But it's nothing great.