Laghushanka review

A rib-tickling tale that leaves you teary-eyed at the end

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Laghushanka review

What is the story about?

Shruti, a young girl, has a recurring problem of bed-wetting. As she prepares to get married, her family decides to take all measures to prevent the groom and his family from finding out. But can they succeed in keeping this secret?

Analysis

With various writing credits to his name including Dangal, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl, Nikhil Mehrotra's ability to extract situational humour under any conditions was never in doubt. In this short film that marks his directorial debut, he uses a problem—Shruti's bed-wetting—and constructs an entire narrative around it. As Shruti's family schemes to prevent the news from “leaking” out, their banter is hilarious, and yet rooted in the milieu they occupy. In the latter half of the film, it is the exchange between Shruti and the groom that sends an important message to society about the importance of speaking the truth.

Performances

After Gone Kesh and Cargo, Shweta Tripathi continues her knack for shining in films with unusual narratives here as well. But it is Shruti's family, played by Kanupriya Pandit, Narottam Baid, Vijay Kumar Shukla, Rita Agarwal, Bharat Jha, Sapna Baaoya, Garima Vikrant and Ravi Chauhan who bring the house down. Yogendra Vikram Singh is sweet as the groom with a secret of his own.

Music & Other Departments

Mannan Shah's score provides the film with its soul, while Archit Patel's cinematography captures the milieu quite well. A special shoutout to casting director Vaibhav Vishant, who assembles a crackling supporting cast.

Highlights

If the entire film were to be divided into three acts, the first act, where Shruti's family bicker amongst themselves and take potshots at each other, is hilarious.

Drawbacks

Nothing much.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes. I enjoyed it a lot.

Do I recommend it?

Yes. It is a timely reminder that love, acceptance and respect should remain the bedrock of any marriage.


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