EK LADKI KO DEKHA TOH AISA LAGA
Director:Shelly Chopra Dhar
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Rajkummar Rao
Written by: Gazal Dhaliwal, Shelly Chopra Dhar
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is about the love story of a girl that goes against the usual societal norms. Though things have now changed and people have become progressive, there are some orthodox families were such kind of love is forbidden. this is a tale of finding love and acceptance. The film tells the story of one such forbidden love. Sweety (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) lives in Moga, Punjab and is the daughter of Balbir Singh Chaudhury (Anil Kapoor), who runs a big garment factory. As Sweety completes her graduation, her father immediately starts looking for a suitable groom for her. But, her brother Babloo (Abhishek Duhan) comes to a realization that Sweety is in love with someone else. When Sweety decides to go to Delhi to meet her lover, Babloo follows her. But when Sweety finds that out, she runs away from him and lands up in a drama auditorium where she bumps into Sahil Raza (Rajkummar Rao). She ends up seeing the play and gives her views on it. Sahil at that moment, falls in love with her. Almost like a love at first sight. Babloo then manages to find his way to the theater and that is when Sahil helps Sweety run. While helping her, Sahil himself lands up in Moga with Sweety, where he pretends to be having a workshop and is helped in his mission by Chatro (Juhi Chawla). While all this is happening, Babloo tells his family that Sweety is in love with Sahil who is a Muslim. This makes Balbir look for a suitable match for Sweety immediately. Now, Sahil somehow finds out that Sweety’s family know about him and that he is in Moga for her. This causes all sorts of misunderstanding as Sahil thinks that Sweety likes him too. So on Beeji’s birthday bash, Sahil meets Sweety and confesses how he feels about her and that is when Sweety reveals to him that she likes a girl. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
This is a well made, much appreciated and much needed progressive drama directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. Though the plot points seem weak. The confrontation in the end doesn’t come across as impactful as one would have hoped.
Technically, the film is good. Himman Dhamija and Rangarajan Ramabadran’s cinematography is great and they manage to capture the emotions well. Ashish Suryavanshi’s editing is okay and it could have been better. The production design is good. Rochak Kohli’s music is good and touching. The script is good but it fails to leave the desired impact.
Performances from the actors were good. Sonam Kapoor Ahuja gives a good performance. But she could have done a lot more with such a great character. Anil Kapoor is brilliant as always and he lifts the film with his performance. Juhi Chawla delivers a fine performance. Rajkummar Rao in a supporting role is great as one expects him to be. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Director Shelly Chopra Dhar has handled the subject delicately. She manages to deliver a good film and gets good performances from her actors but you feel there’s something lacking; a film like this should be able to make an impact on the audiences and it falls just short of that.
At the box-office
The film has taken a slow start but the word of mouth around the film is very positive and that could help this movie grow its numbers considerably.