“Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”, “Bhool Bhulaiya” open to mixed response

November 14th, 2007 - 2:08 am ICT by admin  
Pradeep Sarkar’s “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag” is a story about the journey of a young woman from a small town to Mumbai, where she becomes a high society prostitute to support her family.

Starring Rani Mukherjee, Abhishek Bachchan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Kunal Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan and Anupam Kher, the movie failed to make a mark with audiences.

The film has been co-produced by film production company Yash Raj Films and Pradeep Sarkar.

“It was okay. Not as good as expected from a Yash Raj film. The standard has gone down,” said P K Madan, a viewer.

The film also explores topics like migration and a woman as the sole breadwinner of a family, a concept that many Indians are yet to feel comfortable accepting.

“Laaga Chunari Mein Daag” is the latest in what appears to be a movement within Bollywood, better known for its song-and-dance love stories, towards bold and mature themes.

Analysts say audiences, who prefer films with content rather than a star cast, are pushing the trend.

While “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag” failed to please audiences, another Bollywood offering “Bhool Bhulaiya” (The Maze) definitely made an impact with audiences.

Lead actor Akshay Kumar made an entry in the second half but carried the audiences with him with his perfect comic timing.

“Only when Akshay Kumar (lead actor) comes in, the movie becomes interesting otherwise it is just average. The comedy that Priyadarshan (director of the movie) has put in, is mind-blowing and then Akshay’s acting is always good,” said Rahul, a viewer.

Another viewer, Vikas, added, “People who believe in black magic and all this should watch the movie at least one time so that their concepts are clear.”

The film also stars actors Shiney Ahuja, Amisha Patel and Vidya Balan, who is being talked about for her newly found glamorous look.

The film’s producer Bhushan Kumar, says though the film has comic elements, it deals with the supernatural - a theme never before dealt with by Bollywood. (ANI)

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