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27 Dec

Sonam Kapoor seems to be in love with a woman in ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ trailer

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

After much anticipation, the first trailer for Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga released on Thursday. Featuring the father-daughter duo together for the first time, the film also stars Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla.

The trailer begins with Sahil Mirza (Rajkummar Rao) who is narrating the story of a play, as he talks about the time when he fell in love with a girl – Sweety (Sonam Kapoor). We are then introduced to Sweety’s family as they look for a suitable match for her – and while there are several good options, she isn’t ready to say yes to any of them as she claims ‘she has a secret.’

What that secret really is about, is subtly shared with the audience via bits from the trailer – like showing two women being torn apart by a mob, which hints that she has fallen in love with a girl. What happens after the secret is revealed is largely what the film is seemingly going to be about.

Exploring the socio-cultural fabric of the subcontinent and what it means for a homosexual relationship to survive in such a situation, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga quite bravely brings a much-needed narrative to mainstream Indian cinema, of course, not without being replete with a colourful Bollywood aesthetic.

However, this will be the first time since Kapoor & Sons where a homosexual character will be front and center of a big Bollywood movie, after Fawad Khan’s portrayal of a gay man in the 2016 film. This also may truly be a first big-budget Bollywood film where a lesbian relationship is in focus after Deepa Mehta’s Fire.

Directed by Shelly Chopra, the film is slated for a release on February 1, 2019.

Check out the trailer and let us know:

Shahjehan Saleem

The author is Contributing Editor at Something Haute as well as a professor in the Media Sciences department at SZABIST, Karachi. Socio-cultural theories and geography fill up the rest of his time.