Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: 01st February, 2019
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla
Writer/Director: Shelly Chopra
Producer/s: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Plot: Sonam Kapoor playing the role of Sweety tries to convince her family about her sexual preferences. Supporting Sweety’s journey, Sahil (Rajkummar Rao) enters her life
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla, Brijendra Kala, Madhumalti Kapoor
Director: Shelly Chopra
What’s Good: Giving out the message without shouting out loud, very good amount of humour in the first half and some very impressive supporting cast performances.
What’s Bad: It just never settles in the zone where you can fall for the beautiful subject they’re trying to highlight, it takes you at the peak with all fun and games but once you reach there, the impact is not as effective as you expect it to be.
Loo Break: A few of them in the second half, when the drama turns into melodrama.
Watch or Not?: You can for a few good laughs, just don’t keep your expectations sky-high
Sweety (Sonam Kapoor), a lesbian, who for obvious reasons is afraid to come out of her closet. She’s a shining student and her family is looking out for suitable ‘guys’ for her. Her brother is aware of her secret since years and chooses to remain silent with a hope that he’ll be able to ‘change’ her. She meets Sahil Mirza (Rajkummar Rao), who starts falling for her.
Sahil is an aspiring play-writer and a son of a hot shot movie producer. Towards achieving the artistic quest in his life, he finally falls in love with a girl who’s a lesbian. Meanwhile, Sweety confesses everything about her to Sahil. The artist inside him designs a play which portrays the real truth of Sweety in order to convince her family about her sexual preference.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review: Script Analysis
Shelly Chopra Dhar’s story is honest but it just doesn’t get the fly it deserved. It had the potential, had the idea with the backing of a genuine topic that needs to be talked. First half is just filled with brilliant dialogues by Gazal Dhaliwal arising in very funny situations. It is the second half where things start to dwindle a bit.
The fun banter scenes between Anil Kapoor and Madhumalti Kapoor Ji come in as a huge comical relief. Very well written striking every right chord. There’s not a single scene between them which went by without garnering any laughs from the audience. The reason why Rajkummar Rao decides to help Sonam and why her brother decides to stay silent for years comes across half-baked.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review: Star Performance
Starting with the best, Madhumalti Kapoor takes the cake. Her character shines brightly because of the writing and her on-point portrayal of Beeji. Following the best, Anil Kapoor gets to showcase his energy as a dancer and that builds the right base. He’s as natural as it can get as a father displaying various emotions par brilliance.
We’ve seen many amazing performances of Rajkummar Rao but this is also not the worst. It just stands somewhere in between. After back-to-back mind-blowing performances, the expectations are really high from this future superstar. Juhi Chawla gets the perfect platform to show the ever-bubbly side of hers and that works hugely in her favour. Brijendra Kala and Seema Pahwa evoke many laughs despite having very short screen time. These are the actors that really make this movie a memorable affair.
Sonam Kapoor is just out of the place. Not because of her off-screen persona but there are certain roles in which you can never expect to see certain actors (Ben Affleck as Batman, even he’s leaving).
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review Quicker: Starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao we got a hint from the trailer how it’s a love story with a modern twist. The makers take their own sweet time to unravel the rabbit out of the hat.
It starts with the family of Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) celebrating her high grades in her post-graduation exams. As any typical Indian family would do after, they are hunting guys for Sweety. She bumps into Sahil Mirza (Rajkummar Rao), an aspiring writer, as she runs from her family. As the makers drop hints about Sweety’s sexual preference, we see Sahil Mirza falling for her.
As far as the performances are concerned it’s Gazal Dhaliwal who’s the hero of the first half – she’s the one who has written the dialogues of the film. Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Madhumalti Kapoor (Gifty Biji) rule the strong pack of actors. The house party song is unwanted but Gud Naal Ishq sets the energy high in the start.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga talks about a pertinent issue – marriages of the middle class, queer and Indian women. The trailer of the film had received a positive response from the audience. Sonam is essaying an LGBTQ character in the movie.
Same-sex relationships continue to be a taboo in India, despite the Supreme Court scrapping Section 377 that criminalised “unnatural intercourse”. And when it comes to lesbians, there is a further lack of acknowledgement or understanding.
Anil is collaborating with his daughter Sonam Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga for the first time. Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by debutant Shelly Chopra Dhar, the film is slated to release on February 1, 2019.