Introducing Laaga Chunari Mein Daag:
Produced by Aditya Chopra ĎLaaga Chunari Mein Daag – Journey of a Womaní is the second directorial venture of Pradeep Sarkar of the critically acclaimed film Parineeta (2005) fame. Sarkar saw great success with his musical love story Parineeta, an adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novella by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. After a two year long hiatus he is back with yet another unique script. How far has he succeeded in describing the journey of a woman?
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Story:
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag deals with one conservative relatively poor family who live on the banks of the river Ganga in Banaras and talks mainly about the eldest girl who takes up the responsibility of protecting and supporting her family financially.
The family consists of Shivshankar Sahay (Anupam Kher) an ex-pensioner, his wife Sabitri (Jaya Bachchan) whose work on the stitching machine is the only source of income to the family and his two daughters Badki (Rani Mukherjee) and Chutki (Konkona Sen Sharma).
Badki always gets hurt when her father keeps wishing they had a son. When dark days seem to take upon their family happiness she decides to take the stride. She soon finds herself battling in the cruel and ruthless city of Mumbai but she tackles her life with great courage. She pays the highest price in an attempt to not let the dark shadows fall on her family. Will she always lead a life full of murky compromises? What will happen if her secret life gets exposed?
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Movie Review:
Pradeep Sarkar is no doubt a proficient story teller. He has managed to bring to light the struggle of a woman to make a living in the cruel and demanding society with maturity and precision. The first half of the movie is told crisp but it gets a little dramatic in the second half. The transformation in Badkiís character evolves with time and reason. Not only that, Badkiís character is expressed in the most convincing and touching way that we tend to care deeply for her. Especially when her mom asks her not to visit home because the town would end up speaking ill of them, made me feel deeply for her. Cinematography is first-rate. The locale of Banaras is shot beautifully. Music is excellent blending well with the storyline and comes from the same team of Parineeta.
The movie has its share of negatives too. The romance between Konkona Sen Sharma and Kunal Kapoor appears forced. The second half of the movie gets over dramatic at times and gets weak on the plot line.
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Performances:
Rani Mukherjee is matchless. She delivers yet another award winning performance. Her best performance since Black. The role gives her immense scope to exhibit a gamut of emotions and she carries it out outstandingly.
Konkona Sen Sharma looks dazzling in the movie. Her performance in the movie was top-notch and is sure to fetch her good reviews and lots of praises. Jaya Bachchan is flawless. Anupam Kher is first-rate.
Kunal Kapoor as Vivaan is good. He manages to perform his act well and appears natural. Abhishek Bachchan as Rohan is just OK.
Indicine.com Laaga Chunari Mein Daag Verdict:
Overall, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is delivered effectively. At the box-office, Akshay Kumarís Bhool Bhulaiyaa would make a dent in the LCMD collections.