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Times of India
A love story set against the backdrop of the turbulent times in the 1990s when communal riots had broken out.
Keeping in sync with the trend of love stories this year in the Marathi industry, director Sanjay Jadhav's 'Pyar Vali Love Story' (PVLS) is yet another tale of beating the odds for the sake of love. And this time the romance blossoms between people of different religious faiths.
Set in a mohalla of Mumbai, this is the story of how misunderstandings and societal pressure can create hurdles in the lives of many. Pashya (Sameer) and Kadar (Upendra) are best friends who can go to any extent to protect each other. When Pashya and his long time love interest Nandini (Urmila) decide to get married, Kadar organises everything right from the marriage celebrations to their honeymoon. Enter Amar (Swwapnil), Pashya's brother and only family member, who comes to Mumbai for the wedding and falls in love with Kadar's sister Aliya (Sai). Frequent meetings and clever pick up lines from Amar give way to a blossoming romance which unfortunately hits a dead end when Aliya's parents decide to marry her off to Inspector Alam (Chinmay Mandlekar). This is also a time when communal tension starts brewing in the city. Following a misunderstanding, the hot-headed Alam bashes Amar and when Pashya intervenes, Kadar asks him to step back. The crack in their friendship further increases when Alam is killed and Kadar blames Amar for it. Thus begins Amar and Aliya's story of escape and love in the time of turmoil.
After retaining a major part of the cast and crew of hit hit 'Duniyadari', Sanjay weaves around a 'Romeo & Juliet' kind of story with a rather unfriendly backdrop of riots. He succeeds in getting the point through though. With perfect roles etched out for the lead and supporting actors, the film does strike a chord with the audience.
The lead pair of Swwapnil and Sai looks made for each other and Sameer and Upendra fit in perfectly as friends-turned foes. But it is Urmila's foul-mouthed yet lovable and sensible Nandini that steals the show.
The story itself has nothing out of the box to offer but the way it progresses and keeps the audience gripped throughout is where Sanjay shows his skill as a filmmaker. The pace could've been faster and a few scenes could've been done away with, to keep the film crisp. But other than that the film is a one-time watch.
eeping in sync with the trend of love stories this year in the Marathi industry, director Sanjay Jadhav's 'Pyar Vali Love Story' (PVLS) is yet another tale of beating the odds for the sake of love. And this time the romance blossoms between people of different religious faiths.