Laila Majnu Reviews
Brother of Imtiaz Ali, Sajid, has made a thoughtful film, about young lovers torn apart by their families and the world.
What do you say about a film that contains the most exasperating thirty minutes as well as the most enthralling thirty minutes of the year?
Much ado about nothing...Laila Majnu is set in modern-day Kashmir. A Kashmir without guns, gore, government — and, but for one misguided soul, Kashmiris.
The film is fast-moving and highly kinetic, and the two leads come across as two cocky, grinning rebels full of verve, fantasies and dreams.
In Imtiaz Ali’s films like “Rockstar”, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” and “Tamasha”, the focus is always on the man and how he reacts to unrequited love. The tortured, angst-ridden hero is a running theme in all his films, and in “Laila Majnu”, we see another version of him. To Avinash Tiwary’s credit, he sinks his teeth into the role and has an arresting screen presence that makes it difficult to take your eyes off him.
This is a love story of extremes and at times, the parts of the film do seem a bit unbelievable. When you’re retelling a classic tragedy about undying and unrequited love like 'Laila Majnu', you can’t expect bubble-gum romance. Sajid’s effort is achingly honest and it is visible throughout the film. In his first film, he takes a very deep look at romance and there’s definitely no space for frivolity here. With all its intensity and passion, it's a good break from breezy romcoms and one that will stir emotions within.
There’s nothing to savour in Laila Majnu, till it goes insane...
Imtiaz Ali’s Laila Majnu doesn’t have anything new to set on the table for you. It has the story which is widely discussed and the treatment which is cliched and predictable to describe. Even when you aren’t appreciating anything about Ali’s cinema, you are taking music that stays with you for long. Here, you don’t even get that much. One thing the film does for you though, as most Ali’s films do, is that it makes you want to pack your bags and explore the stunning locations of the valley. But, just that.
Audience Reviews for Laila Majnu
The raw lovers in the river of life...
There was a film last year which only I seem to love: Laila Majnu which has been produced by Ekta Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali, and directed by Imtiaz's brother Sajid Ali. It is a debutant's romance- the two lovers whuch are debut actors, and the director who chooses to enter Hindi cinema with work in the romance genre. And this is a bold choice, since the storytelling parameters are not mainstream and they are smooth, filled with fun performances. I am recommending a film here which was one of the films which only I seemed to like in 2018.
First, I want to start with what might have been the possible problems with the film. First one for me was the length. And its worth one discussion why the film stresses on a single aspect for the story- it is certainly overstretched. The constant work on the ideas of love and passion are a little inconsistent and the lovers seem to overpower the love.
But above all, its a passionate story with sugary, meaty premise with love as a central theme and lovers being faithful to that theme. While Tripti Dimri is delightful as Laila, Avinash Tiwary puts his soul single-handedly in the character of Qais (because Majnu is not a name). The heartwarmimg love story which is a take on the story of these two people of the medieveal epics in the modern times holds relevance in the modern times and that's bound to be special when there is an animated narrative to power up. We have a successful-in-life kind of a boy who falls in love with a tharki and bold Laila. This is their story, and no matter what there is nothing which comes into the lands of love, not even logic. But the film works despite that and in a greater way because of its production value. The first half is Ekta Kapoor's produce- which is dazzling sensuality with soap opera style melodrama. This only works as a half time. But what they don't show that in the second half, the plot is more genuine, heartfelt and passionate about its themes- how people get mad when in love, how lovers are crazy for love, how they sing and dance and live joyous moments when they are ultimately soaked in the river of love. This film is love, love and love- its the kind of Imtiaz Ali film Imtiaz Ali doesn't direct these days.
This film is a must-watch if you want to fall in love with the genre's insignificant but important details, and a style of filmmaking constantly derailing. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five.
Story about madness of love
This movie is as much about obsession on love as it is about love. The story about star crossed lovers who want all consuming love but restricted by real world constraints until one of them goes insane. This story does not make sense in a realistic way but is very enjoyable when considered its poetic beauty. The last 20 min which shows the protagonist descent into madness due to longing provides one of the most intense moments this year captured by an excellent performance from its protagonist