Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and a half star)
Star Cast: Patralekha, Tara Alisha Berry, Gaurav Arora
Director: Vikram Bhatt
What’s Good: The youthful concept of the movie and the thrill is great and bold.
What’s Bad: The execution of the concept is dull and the movie becomes exaggerated in the latter phase. Even the cast performances are ordinary.
Loo Break: Go any time, you are not missing anything.
Watch or Not?: Love Games is an easily avoidable flick. There is nothing new or exciting, not even in a sensual way. Simply AVOID!
Cinema has evolved to the level where we are now more focused on showing the realistic view of our world and society. The movie Love Games tries to do that. Does the movie achieve it? Let’s see.
Love Games entails today’s metro city life of high-class society and what all goes on behind their luxurious walls. Ramona (Patralekha) is a rich young widow whose husband has recently died. Ramona is highly obsessive about Sam Saxena (Gaurav Arora), a son of a big businessman. Ramona & Sam are fling-partners. But, there’s a catch. Ramona is lustful about Sam and she is short-tempered and aggressive.
On the other hand, Sam enjoys the casual physical relationship with Ramona but inside he is greatly depressed. Out of that depression, he frequently tries to harm himself. To overcome this problem, Ramona comes up with an idea of Love Games, wherein these two spot the happy couple from the parties and compete with each other as to who sleeps with the opposite gender of that couple first. That’s it, that’s how the game starts. Making out a sport!
But, after a while something changes. Sam falls in love with a girl named Alisha (Tara Alish Berry) from their game. Alisha is a Doctor, married to a lawyer. This love affair gets on a serious note and Sam decides to quit the so-called Love Games and also the physical relationship with Ramona. But, what would Ramona do? Would she just accept the fate of Sam’s love becoming or her temper would shatter Sam-Alisha’s sweet romance?
Love Games Review: Script Analysis
I liked the concept of the story. The Bhatt camp regularly comes up with such bold themes, portraying the reality of physical relationships and extra-marital affairs. The idea of Love Games originating from the young upper class buddies seems believable and interesting.
But, there are lots of flaws as the story matures. The romantic inception between Sam and Alisha is quite dramatic. The story gets a good grip after Ramona gets to know about their love affair. Throughout the movie, the treatment given to the character of Alisha is very contrasting and hence not convincing.
As the movie progresses, the twists which are shown in the latter half are exaggerated and have over-smarted the script. In a nutshell, the story has its moments but the conclusion and loopholes destroy its reputation.
Love Games Review: Star Performance
Performances of the cast is one of the major reasons Love Games doesn’t reach the cinematic threshold. Patralekha as Ramona, the core feminine aggressor of the film didn’t look sensuous but irritating with her accent. Normally, these kinds of dominating roles stay with you for a long time but Patralekha fails to do that. No lust, no appeal and most of all no passion on the screen.
Gaurav Arora as Sam has a good screen presence but he too, lacks the power in the dialogue delivery. Seemed like the whole cast was just reading the script as it is, without the actual efforts and dedication.
Tara Alisha Berry as Alisha was good as a sweet girl. Can’t say she is an impressive actress but at least she did some justice to the role.
Love Games Review: Direction, Music
Vikram Bhatt has given good as well as bad films. With Love Games, he seemed ordinary. As I said, the plot was good but Vikram Bhatt couldn’t execute the thrilling and convincing storytelling with it.
Started off well, he grabs your attention in the mid phase of the movie but then the suspense and twists are just too dramatic to digest, given the characters’ background.
Alisha’s portrayal as a Doctor is ridiculous. Her personality and party life doesn’t narrate her medical profession. Bhatt could have also made Ramona’s craziness enjoyable but it remains shallow. Out of all, the love connection between Sam-Alisha was good.
In terms of pace, Bhatt was successful in keeping the movie upbeat with constant thrills. Cinematography was decent, showing the metro life of uptown flats, penthouses and rave party atmosphere.
Music of Love Games is sublime and not noticeable except the song Nirvana. It is euphoric and hits at the perfect time, narrating the crux of the context of the movie.
Love Games Review: The Last Word
Love Games is a good concept gone downhill with its exaggerated conclusion and ordinary performances by the leads. The movie fails to satisfy the thrill of sensuality as well as the romance. My rating 1.5/5
Love Games Trailer
Love Games releases on 8th April, 2016.
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