Laila Majnu 2018 Hindi DVDScr 700MB x264

Laila Majnu 2018

IMDB Ratings: 5.3/10
Directed: Sajid Ali
Released Date:  7 September 2018 (India)
Genres: Drama, Romance
Languages: Hindi ,
Film Stars: Tripti Dimri, Mir Sarwar, Avinash Tiwary
Movie Quality: DVDScr
File Size: 700MB

Story: Taking the leap out of the classic folklore, the story is set in today’s time in Kashmir where Laila Majnu have problems relevant to the youth of today. While dealing with their feuding families a passionate love story unravels.

Don’t act too smart with me,” warns the girl, staring down the boy stalking her around the streets of Srinagar. To this, the boy has a peculiar objection: “But I have to work hard at being smart. Shakal achchi nahin hai na.” (“Because I’m not good looking, you see”) He then rattles off his smartness regimen, from dressing sharply to “maintaining a stubble” but already both the girl and the audience have been caught off guard because, well, the boy may not be the most conventionally dashing leading man — but he has the elegance to point it out before we can. Talk about disarming charm.

Laila Majnu has a fair bit of this. Directed by Sajid Ali from a script by his illustrious brother Imtiaz Ali, here is a romantic drama that has the capacity to surprise. This is no small feat considering we have known of the age-old Persian legend about the star-crossed lovers for longer than we can remember, and it has been interpreted by artists as far removed as Rishi Kapoor, Orhan Pamuk and Eric Clapton. It is about young lovers torn apart by their families and the world, till they lose their minds and their lives.

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In this adaptation, Laila knows when the boys are looking at her. This they do a lot, but — similar to the boy’s studied smartness — this is more because of the coquettishness with which she carries herself than due to any unreal beauty. The daughter of a Kashmiri politician, she’s pampered and invincible till one fateful night, when she locks eyes with a boy who has just urinated on her sister’s head. (Like I said, this is a film full of the unexpected.)

True to the story, he is the enemy. Or at least the son of her father’s enemy, which damns the young lovers. They know this but are thrilled by the forbidden. Helplessly, they are drawn to each other, giddily spending all day talking on the phone or mooning around the same Srinagar cafe as if there is only one decent cafe in Srinagar.

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Let’s make the best of the situation before I finally go insane,” Clapton had written in his Layla, and the brothers Ali do indeed make the best of this mythic tale, mostly by keeping it modest. There is a rawness to the production and a straightforward authenticity to the writing and acting, making the film feel less polished than it does hand-embroidered. In the vein of the “Muslim Socials” we once saw so regularly in Hindi cinema, I’d like to call Laila Majnu a muslin social. It is a lovingly crafted film clear about its intent that mercifully stays away from any unnecessary comic relief. This is not only a drama but a grand tragedy, and the makers give it the respect it deserves.

 

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