Film Review: ‘Laapataa Ladies’

“Laapata Ladies”: A Tale of Tradition and Transformation

Producer and Director Kiran Rao’s portrayal of rural life and evolving dreams, in her film “Laapata Ladies” unfolds as an enchanting narrative sown deep within the fabric of tradition and colored vividly with tales of aspiration.

The film’s strength lies in its storytelling—a simple yet profound resonance with its audience.

At its core, the story revolves around two young women: Phool Kumari—rooted in the past, embodying cultural heritage with every breath, and Jaya—a modern-day rebel, looking to shatter glass ceilings and court new horizons.

The rich cinematic tapestry of “Laapata Ladies” is further deepened by its ensemble cast, with each character skillfully executed, contributing to the rich mosaic of rural life.

The film serves as a god stage  for formerly small-screen actors like Nitanshi Goyal, Sparsh Srivastava, and Pratibha Ranta in their feature film debut.

Goyal portrays Phool with an innocence that is as captivating as it is genuine, while Ranta’s portrayal of Jaya is imbued with a fierce independence.

Sparsh Srivastava’s Deepak straddles the line between tradition and transition—a husband on a quest that leads him through the chaotic nuptial maelstrom, only to find love in an unexpected switch.

Ravi Kishan’s cameo as Inspector infuses humor, tempering the film’s gravitas with moments of levity. Additionally, the film’s aesthetics owe much to the commendable cinematography of Naulakha and the thematic musical contributions of composer Ram Sampath.

The narrative’s true twist emerges from the confusion of a veiled bride exchange—a stark comment on society’s patriarchal leanings. This juxtaposition of fate intimates a larger questioning of set societal norms, jolting the viewer into contemplation.

Rao’s direction maintains a light-heartedness that belies the heavy themes at play, consciously steering clear of melodramatic pitfalls. Despite being entrenched in serious social commentary, the film remains buoyant and accessible.

More than a comic drama of misidentification and romantic scramble, “Laapata Ladies” zeroes in on stories of individual empowerment—Phool discovers an entrepreneurial spirit through her culinary skills, while Manju (Chaya Kadam), a tea shop owner, eloquently captures the resolve of solitude over an abusive past.

The screenplay (Sneha Desai), dialogues (Divya Nidhi Sharma), and story (Biplab Goswami) blends together, weaving a narrative that’s both witty and weighty.

The casting, spearheaded by Romil Modi, forms the backbone of the production, elevating the film without desaturating its inherent rural palette.

In the end, “Laapata Ladies” is a compelling reminder that growth often sprouts from the soil of the past. Those cinema

Lovers who are liking to immerse themselves in a story that’s as humorous as it is heartfelt and also conveys a message with the intent to encourage aspirational thought—this film is good option for a thoughtful yet entertaining film experience.

FF Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review By: Aditi Shukla