Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
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Badki and Chutki live a fun-filled life in Banaras, playing pranks, sneaking off to see a forbidden mujra, and soaking up all the excitement that goes on the ghats of the Ganga. Badki is aware that the family is in dire straits, but she and her mother protect Chutki at all costs.
When things get worse, Badki decides to go to Mumbai and seek a living for the family. Alone and unsupported in the midst of the urban jungle of Mumbai, Badki battles with dark forces, keeping her focus on her purpose to support her family and continue Chutki's education. She deliberately morphs into someone else, leading a secret life full of murky compromises.
When Chutki comes to Mumbai to work, things take a dramatic turn. Badki's life turns into a minefield, as she has to hide her secrets from Chutki. Chutki finds success at work, and love that delights her heart. Badki finds the magic of love, but lets it slip away before it can blossom, as she believes it's not in her destiny. She battles menace and blackmail alone, not letting these dark shadows fall on Chutki or her family.
But her dual life is revealed, and the two sisters are face to face, in a confrontation neither had expected. And when love beckons Badki again, the whole family is thrown in a tumultuous storm. Everything threatens to explode in their faces, destroying all of them.
Will Badki get the happy ending she deserves? Or will the shadows of her past douse the lamps of hope?
"Pradeep Sarkar is no doubt a proficient story teller. He has managed to bring to light the struggle of a woman to make a living in the cruel and demanding society with maturity and precision. The first half of the movie is told crisp but it gets a little dramatic in the second half. The transformation in Badki s character evolves with time and reason. Not only that, Badki s character is expressed in the most convincing and touching way that we tend to care deeply for her. Especially when her mom asks her not to visit home because the town would end up speaking ill of them, made me feel deeply for her. Cinematography is first-rate. The locale of Banaras is shot beautifully. Music is excellent blending well with the storyline and comes from the same team of Parineeta. Rani Mukherjee is matchless. She delivers yet another award winning performance. Her best performance since Black. The role gives her immense scope to exhibit a gamut of emotions and she carries it out outstandingly. Konkona Sen Sharma looks dazzling in the movie. Her performance in the movie was top-notch and is sure to fetch her good reviews and lots of praises. Jaya Bachchan is flawless. Anupam Kher is first-rate. Kunal Kapoor as Vivaan is good. He manages to perform his act well and appears natural. Abhishek Bachchan as Rohan is just OK. " --indicine.comSee all Editorial Reviews
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You may recognize the voice of Shreya Ghosha during the whispering Laaga Chunari Mein Daag song that is really mystical, but you can't dance to it. I'm becoming a big fan of Shreya. Curiously, two of the songs run out of words and end with dun dun dun ...or la la la... but it's okay. After a confrontational beginning between the boys and girls, the big wedding dance takes off with Kunal and Abhishek adding spice through their antics.
Anyway, there are many wonderful scenes and the story is more or less believable. In the context of why I buy Indian films, this movie is a easy 4 but my wife loved it no doubt due to Kunal Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan. So, I have to give it a 5.
But Vibha is raw and unskilled, her curtailed education rendering her ill prepared for the work force. In Mumbai she's marked as provincial and has no luck at landing a steady job. Finally, in desperation, she becomes a high priced prostitute. Soon enough, Vibha (or "Natasha," her working name) is raking in the good money and sending it home. Then two things happen just before the film's intermission which ratchets up the plot. On a business flight to Zurich, Vibha meets Rohan, a charming corporate attorney - and sparks are set off. Then, returning to Mumbai, Vibha is surprised by her sister, who has come to stay...
Rani Mukherji, a lovely and talented actress, powers LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG (My Veil Is Stained), a 2007 Bollywood drama. Her very good performance overcomes the predictable, rather lackluster story; she makes the thing watchable. The filmmakers evidently were concerned about making this picture accessible and friendly to the Hindi movie-goers' sensibilities, as not too many hot buttons were pushed in this soiled dove premise. It's even tamer than PRETTY WOMAN. This is Bollywood, after all, a movie industry which frowns at kissing scenes, so you can guess how not explicit this one gets. What we see of Vibha, as she plies that oldest of professions, would lead us to believe that the life of an escort girl is about as harrowing and topical as an Amish barn-raising. To further shove reality out the window, it apparently doesn't take much effort to become a successful, exclusive and very expensive escort.
But, as I've said, Rani Mukherji makes it bearable. When watching her do her acting thing, it's easier to be more lenient towards the plot's implausibilities, its glaring holes. I couldn't quite believe that, when Vibha was really down in the dumps, her female Mumbai friend would immediately direct her towards prostitution (but, give the girlfriend credit, she does give sage call-girl advice). Meanwhile, Konkona Sen Sharma as Vibha's vibrant, impudent sister and Abhishek Bachchan as the quietly charming Rohan are both solid, with Konkona disspelling the gloom each time she's on camera. Anupam Kher and Jaya Bachchan (Abhishek's real life mom) have the thankless roles of Vibha's unsupportive parents. If these two actors meant for their roles to be unlikable, then they did their job, because I sure didn't like them.
One can't really diss how the film looks onscreen. Produced under the Yash Raj banner, the film boasts a lush cinematography. I am constantly amazed by the vibrant colors bursting from Bollywood cinema. So we're good in that department. Where LAAGA CHUNARI MEIN DAAG lets us down the most is in that it chooses to play it safe. Rife as it is with weepy moments and heartaches and a certain hard-bitten darkness (but not hard-bitten enough), the film never really leaves any doubt as to whether there's a convenient happy ending in the works. Of course, there is. LAAGA... isn't intended to be groundbreaking or to have much of a social impact. It certainly doesn't offer anything new. But I can't help but think that, just maybe, this film would've benefited tremendously only if it had had more of an edge to it.
The lead actress was wonderful. The story was heart warming. The only negative part was I thought
the two kinsmen (the villains) got off way too easy.
I loved it, and I have already watched it about 30 times.