rather jubilant and vivacious girls, Badki (Rani) and Chutki (Konkona) live with
their retired but pensionless father (Anupam) and their gloomy mum (Jaya) on the
banks of the Ganges. |
no money to pay their debts, their once well kept home is now in a shambles.
their dad gambles on lottery tickets for a wishful windfall, their mother grinds
herself into the night on her sewing machine to make ends meet.
father's only regret is they do not have a son and if only Badki was a boy, they
would not be bullied by his elder brother and son who are fighting a legal battle
to gain possession of their home.
their father's health deteriorates, Badki is left with no alternative but to go
to Mumbai for better job prospects.
no qualifications and with increasing pressure to send money back home, Badki's
one bitter encounter forces her to become a highly paid escort.
then on she finds herself spiralling down a tunnel with no hope of returning home
in this heart-rending drama.
Sarkar's female orientated melodrama may have the right emotions, but the movie
does have its share of faults too.
involving Abhishek's character are not fully developed, whilst tension built up
by the uncle-son duo fizzles out in the climax, as the director hurriedly gives
the story a happy ending.
Mukerji gives her seasoned best, but it is Konkona Sen who surprises with a superb
performance as the naïve self-centred Chutki, coming of age as a wise responsible
Bachchan shows her acting calibre once again by expressing her emotions through
her eyes rather than dialogue.
Kapoor as Chutki's boyfriend provides the lighter moments in the otherwise serious
the whole Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is for those who love heart-rending drama with
a happy ending. With an accumalted total of £633,180 at the UK box office,
this drama is slowly climbing the UK charts.
by Manish Gajjar