OK, for a change, let me start with some ranting session. Just returned from the evening show of Laaga Chunari Mein Daag. Before leaving, I had read reviews by Raja Sen (1 star) and Taran Adarsh (1.5 stars). After watching the movie, the first word came in my mind was.. #$#$#$! you both.. I know you are smart enough to understand what I meant.
I just want to say something to these reviewers. Saying it loudly, ATLEAST MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE REVIEWING IT.
I guess, these words are enough to understand the whole thing.
Okay, let’s move on to the story.
The story is pretty much simple and predictable. A small happy family living somewhere in Haridwar. Mom does the stitching job to earn some money, father is a retired person, 2 daughters. Elder one lands in Mumbai to earn some money but becomes call girl because of financial problems.
I know the story is like, I have seen it.. kind of stuff. But here, the presentation of the story plays the vital role. The way things were setup, the way actors handled the movie. That was important.
The way Rani’s character was portrayed was simply brilliant, a strong girl with lots of emotions and hopes within but never allowed her emotions to come out. She gave everything to this cruel world to make her family happy, and she cried all alone. On the other hand, Jaya Bachchan was another stronger character. A mother, who never wanted let any of her daughters in pain but she unknowingly lets her elder daughter get into hell. Kokana Sent was fantastic too, a very young innocent girl but very much stronger, bolder and much more matured person from inside.
To be frank, the movie did not have any heros. The movie totally belonged to these 3 ladies, Kunal Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan were mere sidekicks.
But after praising all these thing, it does not mean that the movie did not have any loopholes. Yes, it had many. The story was pretty simple and predictable, characters of Tinu Anand and Shushant Singh were not used properly. Few of the things also raise an eyebrow. But despite all these things, the movie stands pretty much strongly because of the strong characters.
Direction was good, Cinematography was just superb, amazing. Music was good, title song was nice, Zara Muskurake Chalo was my personal favorite.
On the acting front, Rani, handled the whole movie on her shoulders and in 2nd half, Konkana joined her. Both have superb performances. Jaya Bachchan was pretty impressive too. Kunal Kapoor was good, Abhishek did not have much to do. Anupam Kher had a very small role. (The movie belongs to ladies) Rest of the star cast was good.
So overall, I would rate this movie [rating:3/5] The movie might not be a hit but it is certainly not a 1 star movie. The movie will be loved by Moms and Dads.