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
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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