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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha... goads the audience to think differently!!

Updated on March 30th, 2019

Directed by debutant Shelley Chopra Dhar and co-written by her and Gazal Dhaliwal, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor’s film, is an admirably progressive drama that broaches the theme of same-sex love. It isn’t really a romantic comedy in the Bollywood sense, instead it deals with topics like shame, community acceptance and anxieties about lesbianism.

It is a sensitive, tender and humour-laced melodrama that hinges as much on the relationship between a lonely, misunderstood small-town Punjab girl and her doting father as on the heroine’s sexual orientation, which drives her into a difficult-to-break shell.

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Movie Reviews “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

 

Movie Review: The New York Times

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

The makers of the Bollywood movie “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” have a touching, if slightly demented, belief in the transformative power of art. How to combat ugly stereotypes and entrenched beliefs? Put on a show!

To backtrack (lots of spoilers ahead): “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” (“How I Felt When I Saw That Girl”), is a romantic comedy, sort of, about a woman named Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) whose suitor, Sahil (Rajkummar Rao), is a failing playwright. Sweety’s not interested in Sahil. For one thing, she barely knows him. She ran into his theater one day to hide from a pursuer, and paused long enough to pronounce the play being rehearsed — Sahil’s, of course — shallow on the topic of love. Everyone loves a critic, and Sahil falls hard enough to follow her from Delhi to her home, in Punjab.

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Movie Review: The Indian EXPRESS

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, also starring Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, and Rajkummar Rao, is expected to earn Rs 2.5-3 crore on the opening day.

Film trade analyst Girish Johar told indianexpress.com earlier, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a niche, high-end romantic drama with a twist. Now it remains to be seen if the audience will accept this twist or not. With a limited release, it will probably earn around Rs 2.5-3 crore on the day of its release.”

Despite being the solo Bollywood release, this film will face competition from holdovers, especially Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, which is still doing well at the ticket window. Vicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike might also create problems for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Aisa Laga.

Girish Johar also said, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is toplined by Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and these are the actors who audience wants to see. And, it is coming from Vidhu Vinod Chopra, so I expect it to have quality content. It is looking quite decent but again the performance on the first weekend will be based entirely on word of mouth.”

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Movie Review: News 18

Balbir (Anil Kapoor) is an affluent manufacturer of garments, frequently referred to as “the MukeshAmbani of Moga”, a small town in Punjab. He’s looking for a suitable groom for his introverted daughter Sweety (SonamKapoor), except that she’s already romantically involved. When struggling Delhi playwright SahilMirza (RajkummarRao), who’s been smitten from the moment he first laid eyes on her, follows after her to Punjab, he learns her closely guarded secret. What follows is the staging of a shrewdly scripted play to ease Balbir and his family into accepting Sweety’s truth.

Despite its mostly blunt edges, the film scores on account of its performances. Anil Kapoor is in fine form as Balbir, who’s also had to stifle what he loves – in his case cooking – for the sake of convention. He’s especially good in the comic moments, which this film packs aplenty. Also in exceptionally solid form is Juhi Chawla as Chhatro, a caterer in Sahil’s troupe, who’s convinced she’s a “mind-shattering” actress. Her scenes with Anil Kapoor are some of the best in the film.

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Movie Review: INDIA TODAY

The first mainstream Hindi film that, somewhat tremulously, broaches the theme of same-sex love, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is easy to relate to and grasp despite, or may be owing to, its essentially sanitised veneer. It sails to uncharted parts and travels miles, but it does so without rocking the boat too violently. In the end, it is a sensitive, tender and humour-laced melodrama that hinges as much on the relationship between a lonely, misunderstood small-town Punjab girl and her doting father as on the heroine’s sexual orientation, which drives her into a difficult-to-break shell.

Screenwriter Gazal Dhaliwal (who has also penned the eminently relatable dialogue) and director and co-writer Shelly Chopra Dhar impart a genteel amiability to the tale, which springs its surprises without seeming to be overly radical in its portrayal of gender identity and homosexuality. Notions like bimari (disease), normality and family honour are invoked repeatedly and in no uncertain terms, and a woman’s inner turmoil as she fights for the right to lead her life on her own terms is treated with restraint and empathy. The film’s even tone is enhanced by the restrained performances from the key members of the fantastic ensemble cast.

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