Laaga Chunari Mein Daag - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Another outstanding performance by both Rani Mukherjee and Konkona Sen Sharma. But, that's no surprise. And unfortunately, that's not enough either, to mask the ill-defined characters and their unexplained motivations. This is further marred by lousy and lengthy dialogues. The lyrics are good and the music is refreshing, but you don't to watch the movie for that.

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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

The Sahay family is in a precarious financial condition. The older daughter, Badki (Rani Mukherjee) of the family, decides to do what it takes to make ends meet.

What Worked

  • Rani Mukherjee's outfit on the set of a movie. Bindi on a jeans and long shirt. Fit the bill very well.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Watching Yash Raj Films' songs has started feeling like déjà vu. "Hum to aise hai bhaiyya" felt a lot like "dhadak dhadak" from Bunty aur Bubly. "Zara gunguna le" looked a lot like "chak de" from Hum Tum. Can't we be a little more creative?
  • It's amazing how these girls from small towns are trend-setters with their short kurtis and patialas.
  • Since when does a mother laugh at her daughters' mischievousness in visiting a prostitute's den? And since when are prostitutes invited to weddings?
  • The Sahay household's kitchen was a bad set. It looked too obviously artificial.
  • The downpour when the characters are in a turmoil. Too clichéd, done way too often.
  • Vivaan(Kunal Kapoor)'s exaggerated clumsiness in the scene in his office cabin. Not funny. And certainly not nice.
  • The whole premise that if Badki (Rani Mukherjee) came to the wedding people would talk. Wouldn't people talk more if she didn't come for her sister's wedding?
  • Was Jaya Bachchan unable to emote her feelings when she was crying towards the end of the movie? Why did she have to hide her face in that scene?
  • The set of the balcony in the climax. Again too artificial.
  • Why have a sub-plot related to troublesome uncle and cousin when you are not going to end it with a punch? It’s resolution was the lamest ever.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • The silky, shiny white shirt Rani Mukherjee was wearing just before interval was very unflattering.
  • The silly mime of a fight in the song "Teekhi teekhi". It was very artificial.
  • Do girls in Benares really reveal so much cleavage?