Laapataa Ladies Movie Review: Delightfully Impish Take On  Bride Swapping

Laapataa Ladies
Laapataa Ladies

Laapataa Ladies

Rating: **** ½

Laapataa Ladies Review: It is all about how ‘veil’  you know your bride. The ghunghat is a  separate  character  in Kiran Rao’s  masterpiece, a sparkling  gem of a film where the minor flaws –for  instance, some initial gags on rusticity  that seem too  touristic—only enhance the feeling of  a flawed gem , that rare kind of  creation that  shines  with a genuine spark.

 Nothing seems  overdone or filmy in Laapataa Ladies, not even  Ravi Kishan’s  priceless paan-chewing police officer who talks through his stuffed mouth with just that bit of intelligibility  that  doesn’t make him annoying.

This is Kishan’s best in years. But then, let’s not forget: he is in an extraordinary film about  very ordinary  people placed in most extraordinary circumstances.

Just think: Phool(Nitanshi Goel) and Jaya(Pratibha  Ranta) are two  brides in identical wedding sarees  and in identical ghunghats in  the same compartment of a crowded train . They get swapped  and end up in each other’s place.

This is  not as facile and  glib as it sounds. Kiran Rao, who proved her mettle as  a  reined-in racounteur  of heightened emotions in Dhobi Ghat , goes many steps  further in Laapataa Ladies. This is  a world brimming with exacerbated emotions.  But  it works swimmingly for the characters who are  not only rustic but also painfully stereotypical in their behaviour.

The screenplay has loads of fun and frolic with filmi coincidences,  as  the screenplay’s  tongue seldom gets out of its cheek. This is where the narrative’s fluid mobility  kick in.  Kiran Rao keeps the pace brisk and  attentive.

Initially  I had  a problem with the aggrandized  tone and heightened  emotions, not to mention the conspicuously quirky background score.

  Just  hang in  there.  These  are  emotional rustic people, the  way we imagine folks in the village are,crying and laughing loudly. Like the film, the characters grow on  you. By the time the naïve and brave Phool finds her way back to her good-hearted husband Deepak(Sparsh Shrivastava), I was  rooting for the  couple, as if  they were port of  a hurdle race in the  Olympics of destiny.

A  major part of  the unconditional authenticity  that Kiran Rao brings into play, comes from the  performances. The young fresh cast especially  Sparsh Shrivastava , Nitanshi Goel,  Satendra Soni(as Chotu, the  hawker on the railway station who becomes the lost bride’s unofficial young guardian) is astoundingly wise.

The veteran cast specially Chhaya Kadam as  the  hardnosed woman of the world who sells  samosas and  wisdom  on the railway platform and Ravi Kissan are impeccable.

After the initial  hiccups when the  crowded  milieu of  a rural train is too bookish, the storytelling seldom  falters. I didn’t warm up to the other bride Jaya’s story as much as Phool’s story. But I am sure  there are many who would easily swap the two women’s  tales  and be equally happy.

 There are many  ways to look at Kiran Rao’s Laapataa Ladies. No matter how  we look at  it, its inherent  wisdom and  warmth are unimpeachable.

Laapataa Ladies
Photo of Laapataa Ladies
Director:Kiran Rao
Phool's Mother
Phool's Aunt (Geeta Chachi)
Phool's Uncle (Sasidhar Chacha)
Phool's Father
Phool's Brother (Sailender)
Phool's Grandmother
Old man on boat
Student on boat
Rating: vote average (128 votes)
Genres:Comedy, Drama
Sneha Desai
Biplab Goswami
Divyanidhi Sharma
(additional dialogue)
It's a jolly mess when two young brides get lost from a train. Set in 2001, somewhere in rural India.
Set in 2001, somewhere in rural India, #LaapataaLadies is about the adventures of two young brides who get lost from the same train. The chaos that ensues is both funny and moving; and sparks an unexpected series of events that lead them into a journey of immense discovery; about themselves, womanhood and life itself.
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