Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana Movie Review

Akshara Haasan, Vivaan Shah, Gurmeet Choudhary, Darshan Jariwala, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra
Manish Harishankar
2 hours 10 minutes
 STORY: Laddoo ditches a pregnant Laali, who is then betrothed to Veer. Things turn sour when Veer learns about Laali and Laddoo’s history.
REVIEW: The dread sets in pretty quickly. Within the first few minutes of the opening credits, actually. And then it hits you: it’s a two-hour movie, and this, is literally just the beginning.
A beginning packed with so much information that it feels like you’re cramming for your board exam. We learn that Laali (Akshara Haasan) is getting married to prince Veer (Gurmeet Choudhary) while being pregnant with Laddoo’s (Vivaan Shah) child. Laddoo is tying the knot at the same venue too. His wife-to-be soon starts boring everyone with moral lectures about “doing the right thing” and confessing to Veer.
What is this confession, you ask? Oh, it’s just the highly generic story of how Laali met Laddoo. You’re now put through a meet-cute punctuated by a background score that arm-twists you into feeling something, a few white lies, songs in Kashmir because why not, and a love story sponsored by dollar-shop goodies (red teddy bears included).
But hang on, these were the sane parts of the movie. Soon, a very strangely chauvinistic Laddoo asks Laali to not complain about her boss’ sexual advances. Laddoo’s parents disown him for being an imbecile but Laali’s parents take him in, overlooking the fact that he betrayed their pregnant daughter. And then comes Veer, a golf-playing, horse-riding muscleman prince, whose royal priest asks him to only marry a heavily pregnant girl for good luck. Can you feel your palm going to your forehead?
Akshara and Vivaan deliver embarrassingly over-the-top performances. Sanjay Mishra plays the same odd character which he routinely does now, and talents like Darshan Jariwala and Saurabh Shukla are reduced to doing goofy physical comedy. The film is structured so that you connect all the dots within half an hour and are then left with a whole lot nothing to look forward to.
Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana has to be some kind of a scientific experiment to study the frequency of fidgeting in a theatre seat. Do you want to contribute to the data?

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