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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review : A Damsel in Distress, But not in pursuit of a Prince!

Last Modified On: 04 February 2019 | Reviewed By:

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...

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Director: Shelly Chopra | Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor

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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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Average Critic Rating: 3.5 out of 5

3.5 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.


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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Dawn Of Sensible LGBTQ Portrayals in Bollywood? Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Rajkummar Rao Starrer, is releasing this week! The buzz around the movie is much about the subject it is dealing with. After Supreme Court decriminalized Section 377, This is the first big movie outing on LGBTQ, The success of which will be crucial in breaking the stereotypes around the subject in Bollywood. Read full review

Times of India

Reviewed by: | Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Love stories can get quite cliched, but when you talk about new-age romance, the conversations can get pretty interesting. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (ELKDTAL) is an unconventional tale of finding love and acceptance. The film employs its fair share of stereotypes to tell a modern and relevant story. The fact that it brings, a still niche subject like homosexuality, to a mainstream movie is one of its strengths. Thankfully, the progressive themes and emotional intelligence of the movie, help it rise above the lackluster screenplay. Read full review

India Today

Reviewed by: | Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Take this story to the smallest of towns. Let the Sweetys in every village and every town know that they are normal. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is an attempt at 'normalising' everyone who is 'not normal'. It is for the ones who are shunned, who are never accepted into the fold of 'mainstream' society. The love stories that are not spoken about. The Lihaafs that are persecuted and the Goblin Markets that men don't want. Read full review


Reviewed by: | Rating: 3.0 out of 5

What might a conservative Hindu consider even more objectionable than the daughter of the family marrying a Muslim man? Answer: how about the girl being in love with another girl? The spotlight on this ridiculous, tragi-comic hierarchy of biases is one of the many winning aspects of writer-director Shelly Chopra Dhar's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Read full review


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