Laal Rang Hindi Movie Review
Randeep Hooda is Shankar. Brazen and wild and the god of small town Karnal in Haryana. He is flush with money and his silver tongue and his motorbike and everything about him makes him hero in the eyes of a young upstart Rakesh who wants to be Shankar, or at least be his apprentice. Rakesh joins the blood smuggling racket and you watch with your jaw on the floor as learn how casually blood smugglers use nicknames 'Dracula', 'P.D.' (Professional Donors), how they squeeze as much blood as they can how they can from police, unsuspecting public...
The young lad Rakesh is played by Akshay Oberoi who has practically no acting skills but widening his eyes. The male 'ingenue' act is all right because Randeep Hooda has that effect on the audience. But he just becomes annoying and after a while you wish they had cast someone else instead.
The writing is clever and funny and keeps you wondering 'what will they come up with next!'. You like the minor characters like Dracula, Neelam the office admin lady, Rakesh's parents, Rakesh's ditzy girlfriend (the 'I studied English with Rapidex English Speaking Course') and Babuji co-conspirator of the Blood Bank (Rajendra Sethi). Each one owns the role they play. Which makes for an amazing watch. But then there are too many clever things being attempted here. And that slows the pace of the film until you are ready to give up. The music is forgettable and feels like an intrusion. But the film scores all its stars for the unusual treatment of a problem, the clever writing and of course the gorgeous body that is Randeep Hooda.