Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga Movie Review


Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Rajkummar Rao, Madhumalti Kapoor
Directors: Shelly Chopra Dhar
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Genre: Drama/ Romance
Duration: 2:01

Average combined rating of all critics: 03/5

Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor much-anticipated release Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has finally hit the theatrical screens today on Feburary 1st. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. This is first mainstream Hindi film that showcases homosexuality and how Sonam Kapoor has to go through the struggles of the society to meet her love. The film employs fair share of stereotypes to tell a modern and relevant story. The fact that it brings a still niche subject like homosexuality, to a mainstream movie, is one of its strengths. Welcome to the most unexpected romance of the year!

Ndtv: 4/5
In the context of a commercial filmmaking tradition that has usually been appallingly uncaring of LGBTQ sensibilities, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha... is a whiff of fresh air, a huge leap forward from 2008's Dostana. It does not seek to derive mirth and frivolity from the theme, offering instead an earnest, unapologetic depiction of the act of coming out in a conservative society. Read More

E Times: 3.5/5
The film spends a little too much time setting up the deliberate, but misleading track that is in essence, building up to Sweety’s ultimate confession. Once she does come-out and reveal that the romance between the boy and girl won’t materialise, the film too, changes gears. Read More

Hindustan Times: 3.5/5
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. Read More

Indian Express: 1.5
The idea is brilliant, and ensemble solid. The two who stand out are Duhan as the brattish brother, and Cassandra, who shows spark. Pity about the flaccid writing which obscures the idea and the intent. What this film needed was more sharpness, more acuity, more honesty. It could then justifiably have been called ‘2019 : A Love Story’. Read More

India Today: 4/5
The film has its moments of weakness. There are scenes that seem superfluous. You feel restless at times, wondering when something will 'happen'. But the film needs you to surrender to the story. Because at the end of your wait lies a rewarding experience. Read More