Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review : A Damsel in Distress, But not in pursuit of a Prince!Modified On: 04 February 2019 | Reviewed By: Ravi Mondeti
A Damsel in Distress, But not in pursuit of a Prince - "Ek ladki Ko dekha toh...." Shines light on homosexuality and banks more upon emotional tragedy. Read full review...
Set in the backdrop of a Modern conservative family, Ek Ladki Ko Dekhaa Toh Aisa Laga is a story of Sweety's (Sonam) struggle to express her Homosexuality to her Family/Society. Will she be able to convince her family ? Or will she convince herself ? forms rest of the plot.
There is a dialogue said by Rajkumar Rao in movie
Ladka-ladki ki lovestory dekhke log bore ho chuke hai, isliye ab ladki- ladki ki love story dekhenge.
Maybe that is the same pitch that bought producers on board to make this movie.
The movie opens to a very usual conversation that parents have in marriages , finding matches for their own kids, which makes it very clear what the movie will be entirely dealing with. And added the "kudi naal ishq mitha" with opening credits sets your mood for the movie.
After all the character introductions, the movie heads in a slow pace in first half with some momentary chuckles brought in by Rajkumar Rao, Anil Kapoor and other supporting actors. Sonam Kapoor plays the damsel in Distress, also in self-doubt throughout the movie except from pre-climax. The trauma portrayed by her is OTT, and makes you annoyed at times than sympathize. If you already know the subject of the movie which is already revealed in Trailer and promotions then interval won't surprise you. You would expect the sadness that was just around Sonam in first half, would surround all characters in second half.
But to contrary, the second half gets interesting and intrigues you to know how the movie would conclude. Except some places the movie is predictable throughout, and excluding the subject nothing is new or you won't predict.
The Direction and writing by Shelly Chopra Dhar and Gazal Dhaliwal, is Good. But lacks impactful scenes and characterization. There is light hearted comedy at some places, given not to desensitize the LGBTQ subject, but nothing worth remembering.
There are subtle hypocrisies expressed in film by filmakers like, the family gets ready to do a play on lesbian love-story, but not ready to accept one in real, that's smart and hard hitting for those who say one thing and do another.
Alongwith the leads other characters also got good screen presence. Dadi played by Madhumati Kapoor takes special attention. Brijendra Kala and Seema pahwa add to humour.
The cinematography is good and visuals match the tone of the movie. Coming to music , except the remixes , nothing resonates with you post movie. BGM of "ek ladki Ko dekha to" song gives u chills whenever it comes, other than that nothing adds intensity to scenes.
Movie is worth a watch for the subject or the informative aspect (that's too very minimal) and for a light hearted entertainment.
Also Read: Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Dawn Of Sensible LGBTQ Portrayals in Bollywood ?
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