Starring Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga already left us enthusiastic for its release with its trailer release. With a cliché genre of romance, the movie hinted us about the unusual twists in the plot of the movie. Now that the movie has finally released and unravelled the plot to the audience, it is a humour laced romance talking about serious trouble of homosexuality in India.
The movie begins with celebrations in the family for high results of Sonam aka Sweety in her post-graduation exams. Portraying a typical Indian circumstance, soon after the results, Sonam starts to face family pressure for marrying. They start hunting a “perfect guy” for Sweety. Sonam runs away from her family and bumps into Rajkummar Rao aka Sahil Mirza who is a budding writer. Throughout the plot, the director, keeps giving viewers the hint of Sonam’s sexual preference.
For the first half of the movie, Gazal Dhaliwal is the hero as she is the name behind the dialogues of the film. Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla and Madhumalti Kapoor were amongst the actors who have won the viewer’s attention with their laudable acting. While the music of the film caught positive attention, The House Party song seems a little out of space.
Talking about the existing issues of marriages in middle-class families and homosexuality, the movie has received a positive review from the audience. Despite section 377 that legalises homosexuality, people often look at it with unjust eyes. Sonam Kapoor, in the movie, is seen playing LGBTQ character.
There are scenes in the movie that continuously question the ever existing loopholes of our society by using notions like bimaari, normality and family honour again and again throughout the movie. Sonam comes out with questions that have always been there, left to be asked. She says, ‘Zaroori hai kya mujhe ek munde se hi pyar ho?’ and ‘Main ek ladki se pyaar karti hoon.’
The story is simple and sweet with a hint of wit and warmth. However, it is told in a manner that is overly chaste. The same-sex lovers embrace each other several times but do not even plant a kiss on each other’s cheeks even once in the movie.
Directed by debutante director Shelly Chopra Dhar, the father-daughter duo is worth a watch. We award the movie 6.5 stars out of 10.