Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review 2019: Achcha Laga

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review 2019: Achcha Laga

Movie Name
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Shelly Chopra Dhar
Comedy, Drama, Romance
14 hours 33 minutes

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Review

As Anil Kapoor would say, THL. Tadka, hing, lasun.

The small, cosy family story of a prosperous garment manufacturer in Punjab has all the right ingredients. With an unconventional garnish on top.

Writer-director Shelly Chopra Dhar makes a very strong statement by placing it in a nice happy family where well-to-do businessman Choudhry Singh dotes on his daughter Sweety. Like most conventional dads, he too looks forward to her finding the right man in her life. But Sweety is a girl with a different preference, she doesn't want a man in her life. And her secret has been eating her up since her school days.

Choudhry is a closet chef who loves to cook much to his mother's annoyance. It's a nice little parallel and the mix is just right with the chef providing the amusement while Sweety's situation is the one that's poignant, potent with drama.

Told swiftly with a screenplay that doesn't sag at any point, Shelly also brings Saahil Mirza into the story. Saahil is a writer, the son of a bigtime film producer. He's the catalyst who helps Sweety come out.

There's siyappa, a hiccup in every relationship including one between Saahil and his parents. Where Shelly gets it right is in keeping all the relationships light, so the smiles are constant. Using the entertainment route, important social messages are emitted on the way. It's perfectly okay for a man to want to cook. It's fine for a rich man's son to want to be a writer. Importantly, it's as normal for the father to be a chef as it is for his daughter to have her preferences.

By restricting the heavy drama to one dramatic dialogue by the father, Shelly says what she wants to without making it a tense watch.

It's a first for Hindi mainstream cinema and Sonam Kapoor deserves applause both for boldly playing Sweety and for turning in a likeable performance. Rajkummar Rao is always reliable. In the one scene where Sweety discloses her secret to him, his reaction is precious. Juhi Chawla with her "mind shattering" dialogue and comic timing makes a super partner for Anil Kapoor.

Anil steals the show with his witty touches as chef and the one dramatic dialogue he delivers that brings a tear to the eye. Casting Anil Kapoor and Sonam as father and daughter works very well. When he tells his son, "Is what society says more important than what makes your sister happy?" you know he's being real.

Anil also has the best punches. Like telling his daughter they're similar because, "I too like ladies". With that comic line, the more serious issue of acceptance is complete.

There are other little aces that Shelly Chopra scores like, this sexual preference is her normal and this message should be taken to small towns.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

One only wonders, will the message be acceptable beyond the urban multiplex?

For packaging an unconventional thought with mainstream narration, Ek Lakdi Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga gets a thumping 3.5* rating.


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