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‘Laghushanka’ Movie Review: This Shweta Tripathi starrer will leave you with mental rashes
Shweta Tripathi, Kanupriya Pandit, Yogendra Vikram Singh, Narottam Baid, Rita Agarwal, Vijay Kumar Shukla, Bharat Jha, Garima Vikrant
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What’s It About
Complex problems may not always find the solution in simple things and ‘Laghushanka’ directed by Nikhil Mehrotra tells just that. The short film starring Shweta Tripathi Sharma talks about the problem of bedwetting of a girl who’s about to get married. The film starts off with a block, two-shot frame of Shweta and Kanupriya Pandit, who plays her mother. The two are trying to make sense of the daughter’s relapsed bedwetting disorder. We are soon thrown into a high pitched scene where the family members confront the girl while figuring out whether they should share this with the groom’s family and this tries to put the film on an existential axis.
The conflict is thrown in right at the start of the film and the resolution to this is given at the end of it. With a 15 min long trajectory, ‘Laghushanka’ does little to build a good story and to give a proper closure in the form of a resolution. Although they have used wholesome humour at places, the ending is plain, bland and highly predictable. The film’s writing fails to hold the viewer glides through superficial moments that you don’t feel connected with on any level. Even the dialogues hit like a blunt Force, of course not in a good way.
Nikhil has managed to utilise his actors well. Shweta as Shruti is fresh and hearty and puts up a good show, same goes for Kanupriya Pandit, Narottam Baid (the father) and Yogendra Vikram Singh, the guy who plays the groom. The film’s background score is beautifully done. A reminiscent of ‘Barfi!’, the score binds the entire film together and salvages the film at many places.
‘Laghushanka’ had a lot of potential with the kind of subject it chose but, Nikhil Mehrotra royally wasted a seemingly great opportunity. Nikhil’s direction has a lot of loose ends and the absence to hold the narrative adds up to that.
Overall ‘Laghushanka’ is an okay one-time watch that will be forgetful. Bollywood Bubble rates this movie 2 stars.
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