Laaga Chunari Mein Daag - hit or miss?

We shall know the answer soon enough (October 12). However, it the music is anything to go by, there is not too much to look forward to here. All right, let me rephrase that somewhat. I am not sold on the upcoming film Laaga Chunari Main Daag (Laaga), especially since another film, Bhool Bulaiyaa, seems like it will have more to offer. But this post belongs to Laaga, so let me not go beyond that scope.

To me, the music is lacking big time. I hardly like any of the songs. Hum To Aise Hain is probably the pick of the lot, but that too leaves a lot to be desired. One expects much more when a film is released by Yash Raj Films. Based on the promo (see bottom of this post), however, one can expect the cinematography to make up for the below-par soundtrack. Quite sleek, eh? The promo also reminded me of the setting in the song O Rey Kaanchi in the film Asoka (2002). Anyone else recall that?

Overall, a star and a half merely for effort, albeit wasted. The soundtrack to Laaga is too cliche and has nothing much to offer to those who prefer originality, creativity, and most of all, a sensible fusion of the parts. I do have a feeling, though, that it might actually work well with the films, so I still do look forward to watching the film. In the mean time, just do not expect the soundtrack to do much for you.

Music Rating: *1/2 (AVERAGE -- too reminiscent of old-school Bollywood minus much substance. Shantanu-Swanand could have done much better)

On the film: Laaga has a very good cast: Rani Mukherjee, Konkona Sen Sharma, Jaya Baadhuri-Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor, and Abhishek Bachchan. Whenever you have this combination, you are virtually guaranteed of at least a couple of very good performances. But do those performances go hand in hand with the plot? That is what I want to know of Laaga. Also worthy of note, based on the plot, the film seems like it is not one for family viewing (you definitely do not one pre-teens around for this one, and parental guidance will likely be recommended by censors for those aged 13+).

My compliments to the web team for a rather remarkable and effectively artsy official website for the film at

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