Movie Review – Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Review by Rishi kapoor
it’s a progressive drama that intentionally binds itself within mainstream convention. It looks like yet another Punjab-based comedy about big weddings and eligible girls, but the trappings have been kept in place to comfort an easily offended audience while selling them on the big idea of accepting a same-sex relationship.
Balbir Choudhury (Anil Kapoor) , an affluent manufacturer of undergarments, is called the ‘Mukesh Ambani of Moga,’ a small Punjabi town. His daughter Sonam plays his on-screen child, Sweety, repurposing that great RD Burman song to remind us that it isn’t only boys who fall for girls. Debutante director Shelly Chopra Dhar brings the sensitivity of a woman to the story of this movie.
While the story is nothing new except for the twist even the humor is in patches but the film wins from solid performances by Anil Kapoor as the patriarch who loves watching cookery shows and had dreams of becoming ‘India’s best chef’. He himself is battling a mother who keeps him – the father of two grownups – in his place (which is not the kitchen).
Sonam fits into the role of the girl who no one understands, who seeks solace in the pages of her diary. Rajkummar Rao is a star in the role of Sahil. He powers the film forward with his energy and wit. Juhi Chawla is back with a bang; the actor with a degree from the Amrinder School of Acting and Emotions. The two actors who stand out in the long list are Duhan as the brattish brother, and Regina Cassandra, who shows spark and is cast perfectly as Kuhu.
Overall it’s a one time watch because of the bold subject and the talented star cast.