Directed By: Sajid Ali
Starring: Avinash Tiwary, Tripti Dimri, Mir Sarwar, Summit Kaul
Story: Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali
Balaji Motion Pictures and Pi Films LAILA MAJNU is love story which is set in Kashmir and revolves around Qais (Avinash Tiwary) and Laila (Tripti Dimri) whose journey of love is filled with insurmountable obstacles. Based on the classic love story saga of Laila Majnu, this contemporary take on the tale by writer Imtiaz Ali takes you to a different realm of love. Laila Majnu is a story of Kashmiri girl Laila, who is a daughter of a politician thrown out of power, and her love interest Qais Bhat who is unfortunately, the son of his father’s arch nemesis. Knowing no bounds they grow close to each other and nurture a dream of spending the life together happily ever after. But as no love story exists without a villain, here the role of the antagonist is played by Ibban (Summit Kaul). The egoistic father forcefully gets his daughter married to his loyalist Ibban, only to make life hell for Laila. Rest is the retelling of how Laila finds her way back to Majnu. If you thought that Laila Majnu is the same retelling of the ancient Persian legend, then let us warn you that it might have a surprise for you. Avinash Tiwary and Tripti Dimri play the role of two star-crossed lovers torn apart by the societal norms to a point that they go delirious.
Technically the film is wonderful, cinematography by Sayak Bhattacharya is amazing and he captures the beauty of Kashmir brilliantly from his camera. Music by Hitesh Sonik is outstanding, it speaks more than dialogues, Haafiz Haafiz and Laila Laila stands out. The film is very well written by Imtiaz Ali, it’s a mixture of ROCKSTAR and TAMASHA. LAILA MAJNU has its loopholes in the first half but its second half is enthralling.
Performances wise Avinash Tiwary steals the show. He lives up to each single stance of Imtiaz’s Majnu & he delivers an outstanding performance. Tripti Dimri, too, has managed portray a Laila who is full of diverse emotions. Be it looking beautiful or laughing in the midst of delivering a very angry dialogue, she has nailed every department and Special mention for Sumit Kaul who has done a good job.
Director Sajid Ali here has exceedingly done well for his debut. He has captured a side of Kashmir which no one else has done before. A very well directed film!
At the box-office
The film has opened to a lukewarm response but a good word of mouth might salvage some of its cost.