Film Review: Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana

What can we say of a film which has a great scope storywise, hits all the right notes in the beginning, reminds you of one of the greatest blockbusters of all times (DDLJ), and whose supporting cast has three of our most talented actors – Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Misra and Darshan Jariwala, but regrettably still fails to deliver.

LKSMLD, with a title as tediously long as the film, has a hardworking cycle-shop owner (Darshan Jariwala) and his son Laaddoo (Vivaan Shah) with the father and son constantly alluding to the Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis (yes, in that order).

Shifting to Vadodara (Baroda), the son gains employment as a waiter in Kabir’s (Sanjay Mishra) Café. Very soon, an important and regular customer Laali (Akshara Haasan) falls for his charms. A smart piece of editing, and we are shown that the two are would-be parents.

Writer-Director Manish Harishankar’s only way to prolong the plot and the audience agony was the make Laaddoo declare that as the bundle of joy would interfere in his aspirations (Tatas, Birlas and Ambanis remember?), his girlfriend should abort. But, Laali is a progressive girl (unfortunately, the film regresses hereon) and she flatly refuses.

Enter valiant prince charming Veer (Gurmeet Choudhary), Prince of Ramnagar, who decides to wed Laalu but chiefly because the family priest-cum-astrologer declares that by doing so it would be propitious for the palace’s fortunes (not to mention his own).

But then, the original protagonist Laaddoo, who’d done all the hard work, is remorseful but unsure of the way forward. Whoever wins – Veer or Laaddoo – the audience seems to be at the losing end.

That’s the cue for well-wishers to make their presence felt. Saurabh Shukla as Laali’s father, the one who’s perpetually on a liquid diet, excels while Jariwala and Misra too are infinitely better than the three youngsters. Ravi Kishan, as Laali’s prurient boss, rounds off the supporting cast. Vivaan Shah and Gurmeet Choudhary are just about tolerable but Akshara shows no evidence of the genes she’s inherited.

With a storyline such as this, none of the six songs is pleasing. With an unnecessarily elongated runtime and a stretched script (The crosscutting of frames don’t help either), it’s a colossal waste of the talent of the veterans.

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