Laila Majnu (2018)
Critic Reviews for Laila Majnu
In its last 30 minutes, unveils the film's secret weapon: a visceral portrait of insanity. It's only here that the film actually lives up to its ambitious promise of retelling the legend of Layla and Majnun.
The uneven acting is in keeping with the rest of the film, which oscillates wildly between occasional bouts of lucidity and absurdity.
Summing up, Laila Majnu isn't your typical Bollywood romance. It's not a feel-good story with a happily-ever-after ending but is something that will shake you up emotionally for all the right reasons...
Here are highly flawed and even doomed characters, yet they partake of something special, enviable and real. Who among us dares judge a true romantic? Love is love.
Perhaps the biggest clue to this movie's bipolarity lies in its choice of location.
The problem with the first half is that it neither commits to melodrama nor realism. It is stuck in an awkward limbo. But the second half of the film, with right dollops of exaggeration, soulful melodies and acting skills, elicits the right amount...
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