Directed By: Sajid Ali
Produced By: Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Preety Ali
Cast: Avinash Tiwari, Tripti Dimri, Parmeet Sethi
Duration: 2 hr 10 min
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 4/5
If you met Avinash Tiwari’s character in real life, you would dismiss him as someone completely insane. You would say he is a person who is a total failure when it comes to the art of moving on, he doesn’t realize his responsibilities, and he’s wasting his comfortable life away just because he’s obsessed with a girl. In a movie though, all of these characteristics seem extremely endearing.
If you asked Avinash’s character to either pick Laila or all the riches in the world, he would pick Laila without batting an eyelid. Nothing else matters to him, nothing else makes him happy and nothing else makes him sad. Such crazy obsession, when reflected through his eyes and his passionate dialogues, makes for supreme cinematic brilliance.
On her part, Tripti Dimri who plays Laila starts off by completely ignoring Qais (Avinash Tiwary) who falls in love with her and starts stalking her left, right and centre. He even makes sure that she doesn’t have to spend a single penny in any shop, and buys her an iPhone 5s. All of this, just to get her number. When he finally does manage to get the number, he asks her out on a date. Laila agrees, even though her friend warns her, because she wants to ‘experience life’ before she finally succumbs to her father’s demands and settles down. Little does she know, that this tendency to gain some ‘life experience’ will lead to incredibly tragic consequences.
Like a typical rom-com, the film starts on a breezy note and there are plenty of moments that’ll make you giggle and smile. Unfortunately, such love stories would go nowhere with a supportive family, and both Laila and Qais’ father end up saying pretty nasty things to each other. Sad and dejected, Qais has to part with Laila and go to London. Four years later, he comes back only to find that he is still madly in love with her. From there onwards, start a series of sequences that ultimately leads to Qais (who has turned a true blue Majnu) being a complete lunatic. He talks to the air thinking he is with Laila, he doesn’t care about insignificant things like taking a shower or brushing his teeth and he laughs even after getting hit on the head with a stone.
It’ll be surprising if Avinash Tiwari doesn’t get noticed by some big directors after this movie. The likes of Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan need to be wary, for there is a new gladiator in town. Tiwari can make you laugh, he can pass as a stud, he can pass as a madman and he can deliver dialogues with supreme conviction. Tripti Damri too holds her own and delivers a stellar performance.
Direction and Cinematography
The director couldn’t have chosen a better setting than Kashmir for this film. The cinematography does full justice to the scenic beauty of the place and Sajid Ali manages to strike the right emotional chords. It is a movie that could have easily gone south if not for the heartfelt way in which it was told and performed.
The music of this film is a real winner, and the songs will stay with you for a long time. This writer was humming ‘Laila Laila, khwaab tuu hai pehla’ all through his journey from the movie theatre to his home.
Along with a taut script, the movie has excellent performances. It explores a side of love that not many films explore, that is complete madness. It’s also a perfect date movie, or something you can watch with your significant other.
If you don’t like melodrama, or feel that people like SRK and Ranveer Singh indulge in overacting, you will not like this movie. It’s a Balaji production, so do expect healthy doses of dialoguebaazi.
We think it’s a must watch film because who doesn’t like to see competent actors for the first time? It’s also a movie that needs all your support considering it doesn’t have big stars in it. So go ahead, book that ticket!
Watch the trailer here: