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      Default Ashdoc's movie review---Lailla Majnu



      This the 2018 version of the tragic persian love story of Laila Majnu set in Kashmir , and it is made by noted film maker Imtiaz Ali .


      Laila is played by Tripti Dimri who is as beautiful as she is bad . She is a flirt who kisses tissue paper and throws the paper with her lips marked in lip stick on it for her following admirers to kiss . And the boy she likes is even badder . He is Qais ( Avinash Tiwari ) who drinks , takes drugs and has already made a girl pregnant forcing her to commit suicide .

      But Laila is hungry for love of the adventurous kind . So secret rendezvous in isolated places are arranged and soon lead to open romance in Qais' SUV . But her bad boy is son of political enemy ( Benjamin Geelani ) of her father ( Parmeet Sethi ) . So even though Qais manages to cajole his father to come with a marriage proposal to Laila's father , he rejects it .

      So Qais himself arrives to Laila's house unannounced and insults him , resulting in an angry Laila vowing to marry her cousin ( Mir Sarwar ) instead of Qais . The dejected Qais goes away to a foreign land and comes back only to attend his father's funeral .

      By this time Laila's marriage to her husband is breaking apart due to his drunkenness . Too late she and her family realise their mistake in not marrying Qais , and Qais too realises that he cannot live without her . But even though her husband gets killed in a drunken fit of jealousy , the years of waiting have taken a toll on Qais .

      Qais goes mad and becomes Majnu , the mad lover of Laila . He drifts into insanity that even the grief stricken Laila cannot bring him out of . She dies due to grief and Majnu lies insane and bleeding on her grave .

      Ironically , the movie and the hero's acting and the photography of the beauty of Kashmir get better only when the movie moves into sadness due to Majnu's drift into insanity . The first half of the movie is only okayish , but later the hero's acting gets better as he looks more gaunt and thin and bearded and goes steadily mad . He begins to imagine that Laila is with him and talks to himself , interrupts people's prayers leading to a mob stoning and bleeding him , and people collect around him to listen to his raving and ranting .

      The photography too gets better at this point , with great shots of Kashmir's green tree topped mountains and it's swift flowing rivers and flocks of sheep and plains full of snow . The background music and songs improve in quality and are good . Sadly by this time it is too late to save the movie , which cannot save the baggage of it's insipid first half . In the first half the proceedings lack zing and you don't get convinced about the passion of Laila Majnu's love . It takes a bout of madness by Majnu to get you convinced . By this time it is too late to save the epic love story of the two star crossed lovers ; the love story dies unconsummated .

      Verdict--- Okay .

      Two stars out of five .
      Last edited by ashdoc; 09-08-2018 at 04:25 AM.

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      thanks

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      thanks ashdoc..

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