The year 2018 will be known for the bold expressions of women in films like Veere Di Wedding, etc. Now, the year 2019 seems to be even bolder and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is the new entrant in the category. Moreover, ELKDTAL has been marketed as an unexpected and unusual love story with a surprising element as well. So, what this so-called ‘unique’ story has to offer and what exactly that surprising element? Let’s dig out.
Balbir Chaudhury (Anil Kapoor), who runs a garment business, lives with his daughter, Sweety (Sonam Kapoor), son, Babloo (Abhishek Duhan), and mother, Bijee (Madhumalti Kapoor). When Sweety meets Sahil (Rajkumar), who is a stage-play writer, creates a confusion in the mind of Babloo that Sweety is in love with a Muslim guy. However, the truth is Sweety has no feeling for men and has an inclination towards the same sex since childhood and loves Kuhu (Regina Cassandra).
Babloo knows it but can not muster up enough courage to share it with family. Even the family goes to tie the knot of the duo (Sweety-Sahil) without having any clue whether they are actually in love or not? When Sahil does learn about Sweety’s love story, he plans to stage it, but when he tells that Kuhu is playing the love interest of Sweety, Balbir is left aghast and then Babloo draws the curtain from his sister’s sexual orientation. What happens thereafter, is the crux of the story.
Screenplay and Dialogues
Penned by the duo Gazal Dhaliwal and Shelly Chopra Dhar, the story of ELKDTAL gets its clues from P.G. Wodehouse’s novel, A Damsel In Distress. It’s certainly a bold story clearly because a mainstream actress has been shown homo has not been depicted before. However, it has been written with no effort to convey the audience that where the whole drama is actually heading to. The duo, actually, treated the story with a lot of assumptions; therefore, failed to get where it lacked understanding and care. At times, you find it unnecessary stretched and dramatized.
Dialogues by Gazal Dhaliwal are good but could have been impressive as the story demanded.
The narrative of Shelly Chopra Dhar is very slow-paced and you hardly find any excitement as the whole drama unfolds. Even when you get to know that Sweety is in love with Kuhu. At least, this scene could have been remarkable to ignite some hopes in the hearts of the audience. Certainly, when the script carries so many flaws what justice can direction bring to the film.
Anil Kapoor lives up to his stature and portrays Balbir with sheer conviction. Sonam Kapoor draws Sweety with prowess and looks pretty as well. Rajkumar Rao is as natural as always. He conveys his emotions without sweating out too much. In the role of a loud Punjabi Chhatro, Juhi Chawla fits herself and it’s delightful to watch her. Regina Cassandra impresses with her restrained action as Kuhu. Brijendra Kala adds humor to the drama with his brisk timing. In the role of Babloo, Abhishek Duhan leaves his mark.
Despite such applauding performances, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga remains a substandard drama, which badly lacks conviction and tang.
None of the songs is a chartbuster and this also proves to be a huge backdrop of the film because at least one or two songs in a love story (no matter it’s usual or unusual) should be melodious. The reprised title song looks like a ‘Khichadi’ with the base theme of the original. One Punjabi song ‘Gud Naal Ishq Mitha’ is ordinary.
Why Should I Watch?
Just don’t please. A total waste. By the way, PVR has started Oscar Film Festival in which they showcase Oscar 2019 Nominees Films like Green Book, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, etc. So, you certainly have a choice to rejoice your weekend with far better content.