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Review: Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana

Banner: Star Entertainment Worldwide

Producers: TP Aggarwal, Rahul Aggarwal

Director: Manish Harishankar

Cast: Akshara Haasan, Vivaan Shah, Gurmeet Choudhary, Darshan Jariwala, Saurabh Shukla, Suhasini Mulay, Kishori Shahane, Navni 

Writer: Manish Harishankar

Music: Vipin Patwa, Arko, Revant Siddharth, Malini Awasthi

Laaddoo (Vivaan Shah) is the son of a cycle repair shop owner and he aspires to make something of himself. He works as a waiter in his uncle’s (Sanjay Misra) café in Vadodara, and while working there, he meets Laali (Akshara Haasan), a regular customer at the cafe. To impress her, Laaddoo lies and says he belongs to a rich family. The two hit it off and Laali realises he is lying but forgives him.

In their happy little world, everything is hunky dory. Laaddoo introduces Laali to his parents (Darshan Jariwala) and (Navni Parihar) and Laali gets pregnant. While Laaddoo wants the child to be aborted, Laali wants to keep it. The duo part ways and Laaddoo’s parents disown him and accept Laali as their daughter. On the other hand, Laali’s father (Saurabh Shukla) and mother (Kishori Shahane) take him in. Enter Veer (Gurmeet Choudhary), a royal prince who agrees to marry Laali. How the story unfolds is what the film is all about.

Manish Harishankar fails to introduce sufficient humor into the script, but the comedy that does exist is clean and targets the family audience. His goal seems to be, entertain the audience and make a paisa vasool film, but he partially.

Another drawback is that the story is predictable while, on the other hand, some sequences make little sense. For instance, the sequence where Laaddoo tells his girlfriend Laali to be okay with her boss advances; Laali’s parents taking in Laaddoo after he got their daughter pregnant; and Veer’s pandit telling him to marry a pregnant woman for good luck. 

The film is 130 minutes long and if it had been shortened, the screenplay would have been less sketchy. Background score is average as is the music. The film starts well but it picks up pace only post-interval but the momentum drops after a point of time and it begins to drag. Editing by Steven Bernard is alright. Cinematography by Ravi Yadav is okay.

Performance-wise, Akshara Haasan does justice to her role. Vivaan Shah look confident and he delivers an impressive performance. Gurmeet Choudhary makes an impact and does a fabulous job with his part. Darshan Jariwala is notable. Saurabh Shukla is fantastic. Suhasini Mulay is outstanding. Navni Parihar and Kishori Shahane justify their respective roles. Sanjay Mishra plays his part with flamboyance. Ravi Kishan excels. Rest of the cast provides adequate support.

Verdict: Dud.

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