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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Director: Pradeep Sarkar
Cast:
Konkona Sen Sharma, Jaya Bhaduri, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Kunal Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Kiron Kher, Hema Malini.
Information:
Contains moderate sex and sex references
Length:
140 mins
Release:
12 October 2007 by Yash Raj Films
12a certcamera
Rani Mukerjee in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Rani Mukerjee in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

A happy ending to a heart-rending melodrama.


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Two 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.

With no money to pay their debts, their once well kept home is now in a shambles.

Whilst 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.

The 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.

As their father's health deteriorates, Badki is left with no alternative but to go to Mumbai for better job prospects.

With no qualifications and with increasing pressure to send money back home, Badki's one bitter encounter forces her to become a highly paid escort.

From then on she finds herself spiralling down a tunnel with no hope of returning home in this heart-rending drama.

Director Sarkar's female orientated melodrama may have the right emotions, but the movie does have its share of faults too.

Scenes 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.

Rani 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 woman.

Jaya Bachchan shows her acting calibre once again by expressing her emotions through her eyes rather than dialogue.

Kunal Kapoor as Chutki's boyfriend provides the lighter moments in the otherwise serious film.

On 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.

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Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
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