”Love Station” Movie Review : Reminds of Bollywood Yesteryears, in Every Bad Way Possible

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RUPAK RISAL
Rating: 1/5

Story: Somewhere in Darjeeling, a father needs a heir to his wife’s property, as she dies due to prenatal complications along with her unborn. So the father plans and steals a baby from another family across the border, from Ilam. The father hopes to transfer the child’s property to his name after the baby becomes adult and gets married. The boy who helps to steal the baby from that family has his ‘father’ killed on course. So, he returns to the parents of the baby and vows to find their lost daughter. After 22 years, the boy who helped kidnapped the girl meets her accidentally and they fall in love with each other, the boy still oblivious to the fact that it’s the same girl.

Though the story sound interesting, the treatment and screenplay that helps strengthen the movie is so poor that most parts of the movie are pure torture fest to the viewers. The movie is allegedly inspired from a Turkish one, but it borrows ideas heavily from 70s and 80s Bollywood lost-and-found formula movies. The female lead is also treated like a 70s women for the most part. She drinks and parties out like contemporary youth but is portrayed as a weak character who trust boys easily to get her heart broken and is helplessly abandoned, only to be picked up by another male again.

Background score is so loud and inappropriate that it’s as if the makers want to change our feelings according to the score and not pay much attention to whatever is going on the screen. For example, a girl who has just been engaged finds her fiancée in bed with another woman in his bachelor’s party but comedic tune is playing in the background as she chases him around. At times, viewers can notice the camera angle which showcases unnecessary spaces, leaving characters on one side of the screen.

There are plenty of jerks such as clichéd dialogues, irritating melodrama, misplaced camera angles and poor performances from pretty much everyone, to prove that this movie is a result of minimal effort from all department. The actor who plays Jassita’s fiancée looks convincing enough. Jassita herself looks comparably okay albeit she also hams at times. Pradeep Khadka looks confident but his histrionics doesn’t look original. We see shades of Bollywood actors in most of his performances. Or perhaps this is how the director wanted him.

You see in glimpses that this movie had a chance to become a tearjerker, a crowd pleaser, or a passable love story, but it becomes none of them. Instead, the director who is unsure of what to cater to the audience, tries to make it a little bit of everything and turns it into a camel of a movie.

Producer: Gobinda Shahi, Krishu Shahi (Kafiya), Kabir Bikram Shahi
Director: Ujjwal Ghimire
Cast: Pradeep Khadka, Jassita Gurung, Ramesh Budathoki, Rabi Dangol, Siru Bista,Priya Rijal, Prakash Shahet al.

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