ISHQ AAJ KAL REVIEW: A SLOW YET STEADY ROMANTIC THRILLER

ISHQ AAJ KAL REVIEW: A SLOW YET STEADY ROMANTIC THRILLER

Production House: Creative Media Cast: Ankita Sharma, Angad Hasija and Paras Kalnawat Dialogues: Pankhuri Gangwal Music: Shubham Goyal Cinematography: Vishal Singh Rathore Editing: Raj Gopal, Prabhat Ojha Producers: Rajan Rai Story: Arshad Jafri, Salil Sand Direction: Nitesh Singh Premier date: 4th July 2019 Story: The story circumvents around a gamut of characters in this romantic thriller. Aliya Jaffrey (played by Ankita Sharma) struggles to unravel the mysteries of her father’s unknown crime in her girlhood days. The cops took her loving father to prison for reasons unknown to her. She is oblivious of her father’s presence in the present day, and is unaware of his whereabouts and whether he is alive or dead. As a grown-up girl little over eighteen, she is all set to become part of the hotel industry. On the other hand, there is Mr. Khan (Angad Hasija), owner of ‘Green Mountain Resorts’, who runs a boot camp, in Manali, training young enthusiasts to become part of the hotel management trade. The twist is when Faraz (Paras Kalnawat) joins the boot camp to seek revenge from Mr. Khan (again the reasons are not made evident). Things may not seem to be moving at the desired pace in the first two episodes, and the plot gradually picks up from the end of the second episode, leaving viewers thirsting for more. Artistes’ Performances: The characters have evolved very naturally as the plot progresses. However, there are times when Ankita Sharma seems to come across as more ‘rehearsed’ rather than being more candid. Given the experience and the kind of character she’s playing, one would expect her to be a little more witted with her moves. Angad plays his part well, but his character should evolve a lot more in season two, with more shades of emotional content doing the rounds. This should certainly match up to Angad dealing with his own emotional baggage (in the series), and struggling to become the go-to business magnet, simultaneously. The dark shades of Paras Kalnawat have been showcased well. In fact, there are times when he plays between being soft and coy and shifting dramatically to being the diplomatic player plotting again Khan. Technical Merit Direction: The direction does lack a little finesse, as there are aspects like emotions (which one can capture on screen, and the same) that could have been handled better. The direction has compelled characters to struggle and their arcs emerge more naturally especially in the later episodes. Dialogues: The dialogues are easy to comprehend and pretty crisp. There is a control on the use of abusive language. The rich streak of Urdu is evident in the dialogues. Cinematography: The series is well captured against the picturesque backdrop of the mountainous region of Manali. This is a treat to the eye. Music: The music is well-timed to accord the moves of the plot as a whole. Editing: This could have been better, as it could certainly rev the importance of the plot. Production standards: The production matches the plot well. Highlight: The story itself is the highlight Drawback: The way the plot evolves and progresses discounts on the basic essence of the plot Analysis: There is a certain sense of being lost at the advent of the series. The missing links don’t quite add up, but gradually begin to make sense post the second episode. The drama and the nuances of the hotel industry have gone astray. But viewers are a little more aware of the happenings, and that’s perhaps why one must pay attention to detail. The characters evolve well, but there is a certain need to balance one another as that is clearly missing. Icing on the cake: A gradual joining of dots Rating: 3/5


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