Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Reviews by Critics: Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor starred has received decent reviews from critics. The average rating is 3.05.
- Positive: 6
- Neutral: 2
- Negative: 1
- Avg Rating: 3.05/5
On the whole, EK LADKI KO DEKHA TOH AISA LAGA makes an important commentary on same-sex relationships in India and is embellished with some fine performances. But the narrative is very convenient to make any emotional impact. At the box office, its appeal will be restricted to niche urban multiplex audiences.
All said and done, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is entertaining as a film but fails to live up to the huge promises made by the promos. A brave attempt and full marks for the implementation. The very strong supporting cast and uproarious dialogues keep you attracted towards it.
The ensemble is solid, but neither Ahuja, who has been upping her game in her last few films, nor the usually dependable Rao, have the desired impact: at least he’s always trying something; I didn’t buy her at all. The two who stand out are Duhan as the brattish brother, and Cassandra, who shows spark. The rest get swept under the flaccid writing. What this film needed was more sharpness, more acuity, more honesty. It could then justifiably have been called ‘2019: A Love Story’.
The underrated Abhishek Duhan is impeccable as Sweety's brother. But the lasting memory from Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is of Anil taking a scene that could have been maudlin, insufferable and loud, and turning it into a heart-wrenching passage of acceptance, self-realisation and personal growth. Ek Veteran Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga...
Ek Ladki Ko Dekhi Toh Aisa Laga concedes the unlikelihood of entertainment to change bigoted minds. When Sweety performs in Sahil’s play, we see disgusted and intolerant audiences get up and leave. Yet I was struck by the image of an old man, sobbing as he leans on the empty bench in front of him, reserved for VIPs who have left. There will be plenty who leave their seats unconvinced, but this film will make some wonder — many of whom may never have considered it. This could have been a bolder and more explicit film, but sometimes cinema should work like a street play. Sometimes we need to preach beyond the choir.
In the end, 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' is a huge leap forward from 2008's 'Dostana'. The film, in true sense, marks Bollywood's coming out and redefines the genre of 'new age romance'. DO NOT MISS 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga'. Let's take this story to the smallest of towns. Let the Sweetys in every village and every town know that they are normal!
Is Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga worth watching? While it did not shatter the glass box, it definitely left a dent. As Sahil proclaims to a packed theatre crowd to see his play from the heart and not the mind, I would say watch Ek Ladki with both your heart and mind and you'll be left with a broader mindset as that is something which India truly requires.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha... goads the audience to think differently without trying to deviate from its primary purpose, which is to deliver entertainment. It does the latter well enough and yet does not overly dilute its off-kilter vision. No mean feat that.
ELKDTAL is definitely a thought-provoking film and its triumph lies in telling a tough subject with a certain amount of humour and lyricism. It can be watched with families without any hesitation. Bollywood has surely found a good story teller in Shelly Chopra Dhar. And lastly, everyone would want a BFF like Rajkummar's Sahil Mirza after this film.