Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, a film by Shelly Chopra Dhar, comes up with a progressive topic. It is a love story with difference. It is very important to make films on such plots, tell the stories to create more awareness in our society, but Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga fails to do justice to the plot.
The title of the film does generate the memory of beautiful moments of the film 1942: Love Story, in which this song turned out to be a superhit, and it still sounds so fresh even after 25 years. This song as well as the film had wonderful chemistry of Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala on screen. Somewhere, the film’s title generated curiosity to see how and what kind of love story this film projects. But it turns out to be a disappointing affair. The challenge with the film is its screenplay and acting. The screenplay does not explore the plot in depth. Indeed, such an issue is picked up, which needs to be heard by the society, but the treatment is so dampening. Love is an intense emotion and it does not deserve a meek and non-assertive form of narration. This is what happens in the film. It is not that such a subject has never been dealt earlier in Indian films, rather dealt with very much finesse and depth. The execution of the film is dull.
Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) is a girl from Punjab, daughter of Balbir Chaudhary, the Ambani of Punjab (Anil Kapoor). She is shown to be a timid girl. Rajkummar Rao plays the role of a playwright Sahil Mirza. Although he is the son of a famous movie producer, he chooses to be away from family and work on his own terms. Sweety is shown to be scared of her brother (Abhishek Duhan) who keeps an eye on her movements. Sahil and Sweety happen to meet by chance in Delhi. Juhi Chawla plays the role of Chatro, a Chef and wannabe actress, with Sahil’s team. Sahil travels to Sweety’s place to explore love and write about the same for his play. Is Sahil in love with Sweety ? Is Sweety in love with Sahil or somebody else ? The story unfolds further but in absolutely disengaging and dispassionate manner.
The only grace of the film is Anil Kapoor. Rajkummar Rao is such a wonderful actor, who generally puts so much life into the character he plays, but in this film, his role is very much understated. He does not have much to do. It is strange that real father-daughter chemistry is also missing on screen. Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala, Kanwaljeet Singh have very less screentime. Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla have a few scenes on screen and supposed to generate humour, but it does not happen so.
‘Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ fails to do justice to the love story it wants to narrate, rather adopts a very apologetic, meek and non-assertive tone.
Rating: 2 / 5 (Average)
Cast and Crew Details (Source: Wikipedia page)
Cast: Anil Kapoor (Balbir Chaudhary), Sonam Kapoor (Sweety), Rajkummar Rao (Sahil Mirza), Juhi Chawla (Chatro), Brijendra Kala (Chaubey), Seema Pahwa (Billauri), Madhumati Kapoor (Beeji)
Directed by: Shelly Chopra Dhar
Produced by: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Written by: Gazal Dhaliwal, Shelly Chopra Dhar
Cinematography: Himan Dhamija, Rangarajan Rambadran
Music by: Rochak Kohli, Score – Sanjay Wandrekar, Atul Raninga
Edited by: Ashish Suryavanshi
Production Company: Vinod Chopra Films
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios, 20th Century Fox
Release Date: 1st February, 2019
Duration: 120 minutes
Language : Hindi