Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (transl. This is how I felt when I saw a girl) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. The screenplay was written by Dhar and Gazal Dhaliwal. It stars Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, and features Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Brijendra Kala and Madhumalti Kapoor in supporting roles. The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her religious and traditional Punjabi family.

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Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShelly Chopra Dhar
Produced byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Written byGazal Dhaliwal
Shelly Chopra Dhar
Starring
Music bySongs:
Rochak Kohli
Score:
Sanjay Wandrekar
Atul Raninga
CinematographyHimman Dhamija
Edited byAshish Suryavanshi
Production
company
Distributed byFox Star Studios
20th Century Fox
Release date
  • 1 February 2019 (2019-02-01)
Running time
120 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget30 crore[2]
Box officeest. 43.83 crore[3]

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (transl.This is how I felt when I saw a girl) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar. The screenplay was written by Dhar and Gazal Dhaliwal. It stars Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, and features Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Brijendra Kala and Madhumalti Kapoor in supporting roles. The film tells the story of Sweety Chaudhary, a closeted lesbian, and her attempts to come out to her religious and traditional Punjabi family.

The film is the first collaboration between real-life father and daughter Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor,[4] and marks the Bollywood debut of Regina Cassandra.[5] Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga is the first Bollywood film to feature a lesbian relationship.[6][7] It was released worldwide on 1 February 2019 with mixed to positive reviews. The screenplay was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its library's Core Collection.[8]

Plot

Sweety is a young Punjabi girl who has to contend with her overenthusiastic traditional family that wants to get her married to a young writer who is smitten by her. However, Sweety harbours a secret close to her heart; she is a lesbian in love with another woman, and ultimately fears the truth that her true love might not find acceptance in her family and society.

Cast

Production

Principal photography began in Patiala on 29 January 2018.[12][13] Initially, Anil Kapoor began filming and Sonam Kapoor joined the production shortly thereafter.[14] It is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banner of Vinod Chopra Films.[citation needed]

The film's title is derived from a similarly named song from the 1994 film 1942: A Love Story, which also stars Anil Kapoor.[15][16] Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga marks the reunion, after 11 years, of Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, one of India's popular onscreen couples.[citation needed]

Marketing

The teaser for the film was released on 27 June 2018.[17] On 23 December, Anil Kapoor presented the first promotional image for the film and also announced the release of the trailer on 27 December.[18][19] On 26 December, the film poster was released.[20]

A second poster with 'upside down look' terming it as 'rethink the way you look at love' was unveiled on 8 January 2019.[21] A second trailer was released on 28 January 2019.[22] This was followed by the launch of the film's title track, on 7 January 2019.[23]

Release and reception

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga was released on 1 February 2019 on 1500 screens in domestic circuit.[24][25] The film is distributed by Fox Star Studios,[26] and received a 12A certification from the British Board of Film Classification.[1]

Critical response

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 67% approval rating and an average rating of 7/10.[27] It has not received a score on Metacritic.[28] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave it four stars out of five and wrote, "In the context of a filmmaking tradition that has usually been shockingly insensitive to LGBTQ rights, 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." He found the story "simple enough and... told in a manner that could be faulted for being overly chaste but the film achieves something far bigger than a Bollywood crowd-pleaser can: it goads the audience to think differently without deviating from its primary purpose, which is to deliver entertainment".[29] Gaurang Chauhan of Times Now rates the film three and a half stars out of five and concludes, "Overall, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga is an important, well-intended film that is high on entertainment, boasts of great performances and rightfully deserves all the applause".[30]

Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today gave it four stars out of five, opining, "Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, along with writer Gazal Dhaliwal and director Shelly Chopra Dhar, deliver a brilliant lesbian love story that Bollywood should be proud of".[31] Taran Adarsh gave the film three stars out of five, terming it as "Brave" and says, "Good to see unconventional themes being given dignity by mainstream actors... Will surely trigger debates about love and life... Anil, Juhi, Rajkummar, Sonam, Abhishek Duhan are top notch".[32]

Box office

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga collected 3.30 crore on the first day of release.[3] The first week earned 22.01 crore in domestic circuit.[3]

As of 14 February 2019, the film had grossed 25.88 crore in the domestic market and 17.95 crore in the overseas market, for a combined worldwide gross of 43.83 crore.[3] According to Box Office Mojo, the total worldwide gross as of February 17 is US$3.3 million (est.).[33]

Soundtrack

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
Soundtrack album by
Released8 January 2019[34]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length17:50
LanguageHindi
LabelSaregama Music
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Rochak Kohli chronology
Why Cheat India
(2019)
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga
(2019)

The music for the film was composed by Rochak Kohli, with lyrics written by Gurpreet Saini.[34]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga"Darshan Raval, Rochak Kohli2:35
2."Gud Naal Ishq Mitha"Navraj Hans, Harshdeep Kaur3:40
3."Good Morning"Vishal Dadlani, Shannon Donald3:21
4."Chitthiye"Kanwar Grewal5:22
5."House Party Song"Sukhwinder Singh, Arjun Kanungo, Parry G2:52
Total length:17:50

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