Critic reviews and ratings

  • ...goads the audience to think differently without trying to deviate from its primary purpose, which is to deliver entertainment. It does the latter well enough and yet does not overly dilute its off-kilter vision. No mean feat that.    

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  • It is an important film for the times we live in. It will not be a blockbuster. But it might just make you change the way you look at love. If you choose to let your 'dil' take precedence over your 'dimaag'.

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  • ...is a huge leap forward from 2008's 'Dostana'. The film, in true sense, marks Bollywood's coming out and redefines the genre of 'new age romance'.

    79

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  • A heartfelt ground breaker in Bollywood’s same-sex love stories.

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  • The writing isn’t all top-grade, but this film has its heart in the right place and sometimes that’s all that really matters.

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  • ...full marks to debutante director Shelly Chopra Dhar for making a heartfelt film about a topic that needs to be brought out in the open. Let’s hope the film gets people talking about it, especially in our small towns and villages, where closed mindsets still prevail.

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  • This could have been a bolder and more explicit film, but sometimes cinema should work like a street play. Sometimes we need to preach beyond the choir.

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  • Director Shelly Chopra Dhar takes an anodyne approach in her narrative. It’s almost as if the pressure of how a lesbian love story would be received curbed her creativity and she picked the safer alternative at every turn.

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  • Dhar’s mild-mannered film does something similar, setting off a bomb under a hetero cinema tradition, but turning it into something soft and pretty so as not to alarm the viewer.

    59

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  • Despite the faltering and the flaws, this one is a hit for every romantic. It’s never too late to celebrate love without labels, right?

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  • Leading the positives in Ek Ladki is the use of the comedy genre for such grave social commentary, and the skill the writers and director display while pulling it off without mocking the LGBT+ community.

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  • This very “safeness” is this film’s secret strength. This isn’t Blue is the Warmest Colour. It’s a YashRaj-style romance with two girls. Without discomfiting the mainstream audience, it makes it possible to talk about a “bedroom subject” in the living room.

    59

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  • ...the strong screenplay is backed by an endearing cast.

    59

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  • ...makes an important commentary on same-sex relationships in India and is embellished with some fine performances. But the narrative is very convenient to make any emotional impact.

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  • ...wishes to lend itself as a significant voice of change and support towards the LGBT community, but its woefully apologetic tone regarding individual choices repeatedly negates it when characters -- both traumatised and enlightened -- spew things like, 'Yeh janam se hi aise hai' or 'I wish I was normal'.

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  • Charming but superficial...

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  • A bold theme undercut by its timidity.

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  • Ultimately, falls into the category of stories that one of the film’s own characters describes: superficial. While doing so though it has some adorable moments, despite giving away way too much in its trailer. And of course, since it is issue-based, it cannot resist a predictably preachy climax.

    49

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  • ...is a respectable directing debut from Dhar, and a film with its heart in the right place. The writing ought to have been braver.

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  • It seems Chopra-Dhar had a bold idea on the table, but didn’t want to force it down the audience’s throats, and wanted to allow unrestrained and easy-going blitheness do all the messaging. Too bad, its implication of “Live and Let live” backfires, despite its obvious good intentions.

    49

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  • ...might be bringing a “new story” to Bollywood but plays out too flat, lightweight and facile to be of any consequence. Tell us another love story, please.

    39

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  • The idea is brilliant, and ensemble solid. Pity about the flaccid writing which obscures the idea and the intent. What this film needed was more sharpness, more acuity, more honesty.

    29

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  • The hush-hush handling doled out to homosexuality in this film is bound to do more damage than good. Here’s a story that is more concerned about the squeamishness of the Indian viewer than the emotional journey of its characters.

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  • ...is a flat romance, with a pedantic perspective on love of any kind.

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