Will Sonam Kapoor’s ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ actually help in breaking the barriers?

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Debutante director Shelly Chopra Dhar is all set to treat the audiences with ‘the most unexpected romance of the year’ as her film ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ is just two days away from its release. The film will see Sonam Kapoor sharing screen space with her father, veteran actor Anil Kapoor for the first time. But that’s not the only highlight of this story.

Today, a leaked poster of the film finally revealed its story. As we all had rightly guessed, the story of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ revolves around same-sex relationships. Sonam Kapoor will be seen playing a lesbian character and the leading South actress Regina Cassandra will reportedly play her love interest.

The first trailer of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ gives very subtle hints about its theme and just a few days back, its makers unveiled the film’s second trailer. In it, Sonam is fighting for acceptance not just from her family but the society as well. At the second trailer launch, we saw the lead cast confined in a glass box and they looked like a real-life statue. Essaying the bold topic of acceptance and coming out of the glass box, the film talks about the sensitive subject of homosexuality and the struggle of the LGBTQ community to find acceptance.

Ever since hints about the film’s subject were out, its makers and actors were showered with praises for taking a step towards normalizing the conversation around homosexuality. India as a country is yet to openly talk about alternate sexualities. However, the way the film’s promotions were handled, it was a bit disappointing. Yes, when you are taking up a topic like this for a mainstream film, it should be promoted more fiercely and the film’s subject should be more openly discussed.

Because talking about a sensitive topic in hushed tones will never serve the purpose. So instead of keeping the audience guessing about the film’s story, the makers should have clearly shown what their film is all about (if not in the first trailer, then at least in the second one). After all, the film is not a suspense thriller!

Now that the film’s release day is just around the corner, its makers have started talking about its story. I wish they had done this way before so that the film could have grabbed more eyeballs. I am sure the makers must be planning to hold a press conference after the film’s release. Perhaps then, they’ll openly discuss its theme. But I believe that doing the same before the release would have helped the film gain much more limelight and create the right kind of hype.

Also going by the film’s second trailer, it appears to be too melodramatic. I just hope that the makers have actually handled the story sensitively and not made a typical commercial moral science lesson out of it. I am badly hoping that the film actually lives up to everyone’s expectations and helps in breaking barriers.

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