Recently, Section 377 was held as ‘unconstitutional’ by the Supreme Court of India, giving a new hope to millions of people who were attracted to the same gender but did not come out in public. In Bollywood too many films were seen on this aspect. fire , Aligarh Angry Indian Goddess , my brother Nikhil Margarita with a Straw  Etc. attracted only a select audience towards itself. On the other hand, girlfriend  Too dull for a mainstream audience. while friendly  There was a mainstream film which was well received by the audience but here, the characters pretended to be gay. While Kapoor & Sons  took a serious, no-nonsense approach, but the film contained only a small number of homophobic tracks. And there one and a half Ishqiya  I touched on this aspect in a very subtle way. And now joining this line is the film, which released this week, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, which rests on today’s set of lesbian characters. So will Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga be able to touch the hearts of the audience or will it fail in its endeavor, let’s review.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is the story of a girl who wants to find her love, but is not allowed to do so due to social pressures. Sweety (Sonam Kapoor Ahuja) lives in Moga, Punjab and is the daughter of Balbir Singh Choudhary (Anil Kapoor), who runs a large clothing factory. She completes her graduation and Balbir starts looking for a suitable groom for her to marry. Sweety’s official brother Bablu (Abhishek Duhan) learns that Sweety is secretly in love with someone. When she goes to Delhi to meet her lover, Bablu follows her. When Sweety learns that her family is watching her love, she runs away. While on the run, she suddenly reaches a drama auditorium where she bumps into drama director Sahil Raza (Rajkummar Rao). Sweety, seeing the rehearsals of the play, says that the play lacks soul, as if the writer-director has never fallen in love. Sahil falls in love with her at that very moment. When Bablu reaches the theatre, Sahil helps Sweety to run away from him. Sweety advises Sahil to do drama in Moga. He pretends to hold an acting workshop there. Bablu meanwhile tells Balbir and Biji (Madhumalati Kapoor) that Sweety is in love with Sahil, a Muslim boy. Balbir gets shocked and he decides to find a suitable match for Sweety from that point on. Meanwhile, Sahil learns from the help of the house in Chaudhary’s kothi, Chaubey (Brajendra Kala) that Sweety’s family knows about him and that Sahil is here for his ‘girlfriend’ Sweety. Sahil’s happiness knows no bounds as he believes that Sweety also likes him. On Biji’s wonderful birthday, Sahil meets Sweety in private and professes his love. This is when Sweety confesses to him that she doesn’t love him and that his love interest is a girl. What happens next will be known only after watching the rest of the film.
Ghazal Dhaliwal and Shelly Chopra Dhar’s concept is progressive and makes for an important commentary, which is commendable. But just having a good message is not enough and it has some flaws which should have been taken care of for better impact. Ghazal Dhaliwal and Shelly Chopra Dhar’s screenplay is decent, but it doesn’t budge. As a result, the effect of the film is limited. And right there, some scenes are well written. The dialogues of Ghazal Dhaliwal are good.
Director Shelley Chopra Dhar handles the topic of homosexuality sensitively. However, the conflict doesn’t seem extreme for some reason. Ideally, the confrontation between Sweety (Sonam) and her family should have been more extreme and when it would have been able to make a smashing impact. Apart from this, the final scene also seems a bit simplistic.
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga starts off a bit awkward as the celebrations in the song ‘Gur Naal Ishq Meetha’ seem somewhat gimmicky. The story of the film proceeds from the meeting of Sweety and Sahil in the auditorium and then inside the metro train. The way Sahil decides to leave the rehearsals of the play midway and heads to Moga to find Sweety is hard to digest. And this aspect runs throughout the film. There are only a few scenes here that are really entertaining. Balveer secretly goes inside the kitchen and Balveer and Sahil’s first meeting. The intermission point could have been more effective but still, it works to an extent. After the intermission, Sweety’s flashback is worth watching and many unanswered questions get resolved. Again, Sahil’s decision to stay back in Moga to help Sweety seems a bit incomprehensible. Climax could have been wrong, come nachle  Like, but thankfully, it doesn’t happen. But at the same time it doesn’t give any hairs as it should ideally.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja gives a great performance but doesn’t impress that much. She could have played this character better but she squandered the opportunity. His acting is not that fail type but also not worth remembering. The film revolves around his character but other actors also play a good role in taking the film forward. Anil Kapoor steals the limelight of the entire film with his stellar performance and leaves a tremendous impression as the head of the house. Anil Kapoor brings a smile to his face with his performance in the scene where he cooks with enthusiasm in the kitchen and Juhi is infatuated with him. His performance in the climax elevates the film. Rajkummar Rao suits the supporting role and does justice to his character. Also, seeing him, it seems that I wish he had a little more role. But his characterization disappoints. Juhi Chawla looks very cute. She tries to look funny in the opening scene but alas, she is something else when she turns into Moga. His Google Maps scene will surely deserve appreciation. Abhishek Duhan has played the negative role well. Madhumalti Kapoor is lovely. Brijendra Kala is quite good and brings laughter in the scene where he chases Rajkumar. Seema Pahwa (Billow) gives a beautiful and hilarious performance. Sara Arjun (young sweety) is satisfactory. Akshay Oberoi (Raza) is devastated. Kanwaljit Singh (Sahil’s father) and Alka Kaushal (Sahil’s mother) look lovely. And finally, Regina Cassandra (Kuhu) is an important part of the film and impresses with her confident acting. Though wishes his character should have been given more screen time.
Rochak Kohli’s music is subtle and touching but not of the chartbuster kind. ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha’ is played at important places. ‘Good Naal Ishq Meetha’ does not make the desired effect. ‘Letters’ touches. ‘House Party Song’ and ‘Good Morning’ are swoon-worthy, but not memorable. Sanjay Vandekar and Atul Ranainga’s background score is good.
The cinematography by Himan Dhamija and Rangarajan Ramadarn is excellent and captures the locales and emotions very well. Rajat Poddar and Teddy Maurya’s production design is realistic and has a small town feel. Sheetal Sharma’s costume is glamorous. Ashish Suryavanshi’s editing is rough at many places.
Overall, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is a critical commentary on same sex relationships in India and is adorned with some great performances. But the narrative is suitable for making any emotional impact. At the box office, the film will be able to attract only niche urban multiplex audiences.