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2/10
Could've been so much better
erisedwitch453 February 2019
I was excited to watch this film since it deals with a same-sex love story- something I haven't seen in a mainstream bollywood movie. But I was disappointed. The concept, though good, fails in execution.

The main problem was Sonam Kapoor. She CANNOT act. A role which could've pulled you in, made you feel for her, for her struggles just feels... meh. She doesn't understand the nuances of the character, there is no honesty in her performance. It feels like she did the role just to do something "different." And that's a loss since she doesn't have the acting capability to shoulder a character like Sweety. I could easily name a dozen actresses who could have played Sweety with conviction. The film is also slow and the climax was a bit too dramatic.

The best part of the movie is the supporting cast. Be it Anil, the brother, the helpers, Regina, Juhi and the best- Rajkumar. Everyone puts their best foot forward to delve in their characters. But since the limelight is on Sonam, only having a good supporting cast doesn't solve the problem.

I am very disappointed with the film. At the hand of a better actress, it could've been so much worth it.
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2/10
WHY IS SONAM KAPOOR STILL ACTING?
muskanverma-298603 February 2019
If you want to see how a single actor can completely bring a movie down then go for it. She just can't act. While watching the movie not even once does the audience feel what a girl who just came out of the closet would feel. It's really bad.
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8/10
Much needed for Indian audience
anirudh-khandal1 February 2019
A subject which has been curtailed and often been ridiculed has been showcased with full responsibility, maturity, sensibility, sincerely and with Love. In the subversive Indian society which has been hypocrite in a sense since the colonial era, it was necessary that a commercial movie starring some A-Listers and big production house along with some peppy music and light intelligent humor was honestly presented. As someone who understands the challenges of curtailed freedom and moral policing in Indian society, one's heart will only be grateful for this work.
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7/10
A brave attempt on an unconventional plot
madanmarwah17 May 2019
The title is based on a song of Anil Kapoor in 1942 a love story where he is besotted by the beautiful heroine. Ironically here his daughter Sonam feels that way towards another girl. Yes this movie is an attempt to deal with same gender love though in a perfunctory manner. A simple film which is quite entertaining.
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10/10
Great movie, funny, feel good and great theme
aniltilanthe927 April 2019
Funny moments, brilliant actors and a love story, the movie has them all! It portrays the topic so well that anyone would understand it. Its one of the must watch movies of the year. The people have worked so hard on it and I hope people become more accepting after watching such a feel good warm movie. :) :)
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4/10
The film fails to do justice to the love story it wants to narrate.
binducherungath5 February 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, a film by Shelly Chopra Dhar, comes up with a progressive topic. It is a love story with difference. It is very important to make films on such plots, tell the stories to create more awareness in our society, but Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga fails to do justice to the plot.

The title of the film does generate the beautiful moments of the film 1942: Love Story, in which this song turned out to be a superhit, and it still sounds so fresh even after 25 years. This song as well as the film had wonderful chemistry of Anil Kapoor and Manisha Koirala on screen. Somewhere, the film's title generated curiosity to see how and what kind of love story this film projects. But it turns out to be a disappointing affair. The challenge with the film is its screenplay and acting. The screenplay does not explore the plot in depth. Indeed, such an issue is picked up, which needs to be heard by the society, but the treatment is so dampening. Love is an intense emotion and it does not deserve a meek and non-assertive form of narration. This is what happens in the film. It is not that such a subject has never been dealt earlier in Indian films, rather dealt with very much finesse and depth. The execution of the film is dull.

Sweety (Sonam Kapoor) is a girl from Punjab, daughter of Balbir Chaudhary, the Ambani of Punjab (Anil Kapoor). She is shown to be a timid girl. Rajkummar Rao plays the role of a playwright Sahil Mirza. Although he is the son of a famous movie producer, he chooses to be away from family and work on his own terms. Sweety is shown to be scared of her brother (Abhishek Duhan) who keeps an eye on her movements. Sahil and Sweety happen to meet by chance in Delhi. Juhi Chawla plays the role of Chatro, a Chef and wannabe actress, with Sahil's team. Sahil travels to Sweety's place to explore love and write about the same for his play. Is Sahil in love with Sweety ? Is Sweety in love with Sahil or somebody else ? The story unfolds further but in absolutely disengaging and dispassionate manner.

The only grace of the film is Anil Kapoor. Rajkummar Rao is such a wonderful actor, who generally puts so much life into the character he plays, but in this film, his role is very much understated. He does not have much to do. It is strange that real father-daughter chemistry is also missing on screen. Seema Pahwa, Brijendra Kala, Kanwaljeet Singh have very less screentime. Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla have a few scenes on screen and supposed to generate humour, but it does not happen so.

Ek Ladki ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga fails to do justice to the love story it wants to narrate, rather adopts a very apologetic, meek and non-assertive tone.
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1/10
A Sensitive Issue Handled Insensitively
indraveer4 February 2019
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The movie tries to handle the taboo subject of lesbianism in a conservative Indian society and throws in Hindu/Muslim issue as a bonus but does so in a very puerile manner. Just a small talk by a potential lover of father makes him change his mind about his serious objections to letting his daughter marry a Muslim and also the same talk gives him courage to go against his mother who literally molded his life away from being a chef (wow!). And then a play which was just a replay of what had already transpired without any revelations makes him go along with a major tweaking of his values. If all this was not a nonchalant dealing of the serious subject matter on hand, the father says to daughter "I thought you were like your Mom but now I know you are more like me - you like women"!!! How weird is that? The flow of the movie was uneven & patchy which reveals lack of experience on the part of the film crew. Overall the movie had no artistic or redeeming value except the acting of Juhi Chawla. Some of the audience were actually angry that they were not cautioned about not bringing their little daughters to the movie. This movie tarnishes the image of VC Films.
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10/10
Excellent movie
naturepark12 May 2019
Kudos to the director and the cast for doing this movie. I am hoping this will set the stage for future LGBT movies in Indian cinema. An important message well conveyed in a light hearted manner with a good mix of emotions and comedy. I am glad they made this about love and kept it classy. They introduced a sense of normalcy to this very taboo topic in India. Hopefully the hearts and minds of people will change after watching this very important movie. Juhi Chawla was a delight to watch and she added the much needed lightness and humor to a very heavy subject.
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9/10
India needs More Movies like This with A list Cast
alladinu25 April 2019
With gay rights on its front steps, it is amazing to see A list cast of Bollywood step up to its responsibilities n this extremely believable story. Must watch
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10/10
An honest attempt on a sensitive issue
gsowksp18 April 2019
I dont know why so much negativity around this film. Why the rating is so low? It reminds me the last portion of the movie where maximum audience was leaving from the theater. Actually the makers knew it would happen. Honestly its a gem. The director handles a sensitive topic with great care. The movie mainly focused on the relationship between father & daughter and acceptance her sexuality. All the actors ( Sonam kapoor, Anil kapoor, Rajkumar Rao, Juhi Chawla and more) are top notch. Kudos to all related to this film for portraying the topic in universal way. Till the best movie of 2019.
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9/10
A really well executed take on Lesbianism in india
muhammedchand513 April 2019
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With regards the the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed it, not too many songs and the casting was absolutely on point. I felt Sonam Kapoor did a fantastic job FOR THE ROLE SHE WAS CHOSEN TO PLAY. It wasn't dialogue heavy on her part but it didn't need to be.Her reservist nature is part the character and prefectly portray's the type of woman that holds these kinds of feelings in her heart and hides it from a traditional indian society. It also handled it ina relasitic way FOR INDIAN SOCIETY. Ideally yes woman should be listened to without the support of a man but in indian society that's not what happens ever. If you don't realise this you'll miss a large part of them movie's point! And trust me I write this personally knowing a indian girl in her situation and I could see that personality translate onto screen.

I feel like this movie got review bombed by people unwilling to deal with the fact that they find indian woman being lesbians as uncomfortable and simply bandwagon by saying Sonam's acting is bad (and I assume they label her a crazy feminist as well?). We've come a bit further now from Dostana where being gay was the butt of the joke...and in a way the play was meant to show that. Kinda meta really
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10/10
Thoroughly entertaining film that focuses on an LGBTQ love story
symohiuddin-4973013 April 2019
I don't know what people are complaining about. It's an old fashioned romcom that focuses on a lesbian couple and the struggles of an LGBTQ individual in Indian society. The film is lighthearted and family friendly so children can watch and learn as well. It's thoroughly entertaining and a must watch.
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10/10
First platform for LGBTQ+ in Bollywood
gonnatakethehighroad1 February 2019
This movie is a groundbreaker for the industry. With it's beautiful lead cast and humorous screenplay it touches upon a topic unspoken about in mainstream Bollywood. Even though the movie fails a bit on deepening the topic it is by far a movie that handled the start of this discussion beautifully and couldn't have done it better for now.
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9/10
amazing story which is much required to be told
haridhiraj7 April 2019
Well written and directed story.. all actors were amazing..
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9/10
A commercial Bollywood movie handling this issue with delicacy and grace
rajgopalmuralidharbackup2 February 2019
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga - 2019 - 8.5/10 - B-plus - "How I Felt When I Saw That Girl" the meaning of the title which is also a very famous Bollywood song from 1994 from the movie 1942: A Love Story. We've got a commercial Indian film a romantic comedy here that's tackling the issue of a girl falling in love with another girl. When it comes to social issues type Indian movies that're trying to preach tolerance and acceptance, it's always hit or miss and I really didn't know what to expect going in and I was actually pleasantly surprised. As far as sappy lovey dovey Bollywood musicals go, this one handles a rather delicate subject with an unusual amount of tact and grace. I almost cried at a few points and that never happens to me during a commercial Indian film. Normally I'd give a movie like this a 7.5/10 - B-minus but given how groundbreaking this film is and how successfully it navigates walking into new territory, I'm giving it a full point extra bumping it up to an 8.5/10 - B-plus. Well done. Solid. Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Regina Cassandra starring with Shelley Chopra Dhar directing in a Vidhu Vinod Chopra production and like many commercial Bollywood films, it's a "family friendly" movie but in this case it works to the film's advantage.
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10/10
Wow.
risha-326481 February 2019
What a brilliant concept. Its very overwhelming to see the concept of same gender love on the big cinema and that too with so many mouth of words. The movie is a complete gem. All tje actors has done their job brilliantly.
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9/10
Must watch!
sonaldhall2 February 2019
Great movie with a great message, first of its kind, very well made and good acting by actors.
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9/10
Stop seeing reviews and go watch it right away
pratikgelal2 February 2019
If you want a simple, light-hearted, funny drama which brings out the subject in the most enjoyable and soothing way this film is for you. It advocates for the LGBTQ community by presenting the fact that they are not suffering from a disease rather they are normal and natural.
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9/10
Great movie
sidbharij2 February 2019
Loved the movie. Amazing acting by everyone. Subtle yet powerful.
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10/10
A much needed movie
chandnixpatel2 February 2019
A brilliant, sweet, cute movie with such an important message! I'm so happy Bollywood is shining a light on LGBQT community!
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2/10
This one may not achieve what 3 Idiots did for parents of engineering students with non-technical passions.
fillerruth1 February 2019
Shelly Chopra Dhar's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga poses a challenge to both critics and viewers. How much can the reviewer reveal about the plot, which unveils its big twist at the exact point at which you are encouraged to shuffle out of the auditorium to the popcorn counter? And what does the average moviegoer make of the subversion of the soppy romance in which boy falls for girl and gets the prize after leaping over a series of obstacles?

More importantly, it can't get more delightfully subversive, for a movie which promises to upend the 'ladka-ladki' binary that Bollywood has coasted on for decades. Here 'ek ladki's heart beats for another 'ladki'. The problem is that there's more subversion in the one-line title than in the entire film, because having stated its purpose, it doesn't quite know just how to broach it and expand on it, and spends far too much stuttering time in getting to the point.

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. There will be plenty who leave their seats unconvinced, but this film will make some wonder - many of whom may never have considered it.

This one may not achieve what 3 Idiots did for parents of engineering students with non-technical passions. But it has the recipe for a light-hearted comedy. Also, it subliminally yet successfully sensitises audiences to the challenges endured by same-sex couples when surrounded by those who refuse to understand or accept them.
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10/10
wow...just wow
risha-326481 February 2019
The movie is a fresh breathe of air among the movies like race 3, zero, etc. It highlights the issue of same gender love and is definitely worth the time. The movie is mind blowing. All actors have done their job wonderfully.
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1/10
Slow, Bad, Bad?
nayamamarshe2 February 2019
The acting is pathetic at best, you'd expect some talent but they are brought down by the weak script. The dialogue is linear and bland and doesn't really focus on the issues this movie is based upon.

Skip it, it's a time waste at best.
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10/10
A must watch !
aparnasachar24 June 2019
What a pleasure it was to watch this film! From the get- go, it promises to be a fun movie and keeps up its promise till the end. It is rare to see an entertaining comedy film with a strong message. It also holds your attention because a lot is revealed in slowly, so it keeps you gripped wondering how the plot would unfold. Sonam Kapoor has outdone herself as a subdued Punjabi girl whose life is controlled by those around her, especially her brother. Her character shows sparks of being a happy -go -lucky ,vivacious girl but her happiness is squashed at every step and she has portrayed this brilliantly. Rajkumar's character is a delight to watch. Anil Kapoor is his usual boisterous, Punjabi self - exactly what the role required. Other characters like Juhi and Sonam's brother and the rest of the supporting cast is on point. Some dialogues are hilarious and the comic timing of the all the characters is excellent. It is not at all a preachy movie but brings up the subject of same gender love in a very graceful way. A great entertainer and a must watch!
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8/10
👌👌👌
devrajs21 March 2019
The concept of movie is good Also an acting of stars are so good
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