Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review: The film will leave you with a broader mindset which India truly needs

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga with its spectacular star cast consisting of Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao will leave you with a broader mindset which India truly requires today.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review: The film will leave you with a broader mindset which India truly needsEk Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review
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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
 
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar
 
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Rajkummar Rao
 
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Stars: 3/5
 
 
There's an extremely gut-wrenching sequence in the film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga where the female protagonist Sweety is trapped inside a glass box screaming at her father to set her free. Free from what? That forms the nucleus of Shelly Chopra Dhar's directorial debut. 
 
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga commences like a typical love story with a wedding sequence and a Punjabi family trying to set up their daughter with an honourable man. Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) is a naive and inncoent woman with a secret eating her away day by day under the societal pressure which includes her very own brother. She has a conservative yet caring father in the Moga ka Mukesh Ambani Balbir Chaudhary. Then, we have Sahil Rizwan (Rajkummar Rao), a struggling dramatist who is trying to find inspiration. The siyappa arises when a chance encounter between Sweety and Rizwan makes the Chaudhary family believe that the two are in love with each other. However, it's Sweety's secret that changes the entire course of the movie.
 
Based on P. G. Wodehouse's A Damsel in Distress, Shelly Chopra Dhar tries to bring light to a subject that hasn't been tackled with honesty in Bollywood. We come to know towards the interval that Sweety is in love with a woman. What works for Ek Ladki is the subtlety with which Shelly has brought forward a thought-provoking story. The fact that it's set in a small-town town Moga, in Punjab, the reactions, the emotions are realistic. 
 
In what could be considered as Sonam's finest work to date, it might surprise you that she had the least dialogues. Shelly worked brilliantly with Sonam and let her emotions do all the talking instead. However, there were certain poignant scenes which could have had more momentum but you don't feel any empathy towards Sweety. There are a few dampening moments, but Sonam picks up in the second half especially during the scenes where she is enacting in a play. Anil Kapoor is the true heart of the movie and he steals the show with his effervescent performance. His scenes with Sonam are heartwarming and his chemistry with Juhi Chawla will bring a huge smile to your face. Leave it to Chawla as Chatro to make even overreacting seem genuine and endearing. Rajkummar Rao as Rizwan breathes life and plays the interweaving mind that brings everything together.
 
When it comes to the storyline, it wasn't flawless and had minor glitches, especially in the first half. It's the second half where the ball starts rolling. I wasn't the biggest fan of the editing which seems extremely haphazard at times. The soundtrack just had four songs which added the right flavour.
 
Is Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga worth watching? While it did not shatter the glass box, it definitely left a dent. As Sahil proclaims to a packed theatre crowd to see his play from the heart and not the mind, I would say watch Ek Ladki with both your heart and mind and you'll be left with a broader mindset as that is something which India truly requires.
 

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Sonam's poor acting skills get exposed in the company of acting heavyweights like Anil Kapoor, Juhi and Rajkummar Rao

Shallow movie with shallow lead, just an attention grabbing topic

Jealous people are jealous! Can't swallow that Sonam was the first choice to play this role. Keep on burning people! She's here to stay!

So from what I understand. Except for the good message the movie is blah. Sonam is good in a few scenes but mostly doesn’t deliver. Juhi overacts tho in a cute way. Sounds overall MEH to me. I’ll wait for the dvd.

Anyone except Sonam would have been a wise choice for this movie... heck I'd tolerate Bebo

Sonam is tolerable on screen until she opens her mouth. She needs to get rid of her fake JVPD nasal voice and diction . Makes her sound very shallow.

Didn’t like the movie at all

Hope it does well

Oh great ! Think will catch this movie this weekend.

Substandard use of language in the article. Should atleast give spoiler warning. Anyway thanks for a honest review!

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