After a brief hiatus, Rani Mukherji was back with ‘Laaga Chunari mein daag’. Laaga Chunari Mein Daag is directed by Pradeep Sarker under Yash Raj Banner. Though it is a typical average Hindi film based on the plot of 1970s – 1980s, but something, which outshines in the film is the work of Rani and Konkana Sen, who play roles of sisters. The film starts with a nice humming number. Cinematography is superb in the film; Ghats of the Ganga, and Banaras, looks stunning so is Switzerland.
Story revolves around Rani who plays a role of Badki, elder sister of the family who due to hardships in the family, decides to take on the responsibility and lands up in Mumbai to earn money to support the family. She is exploited, but fights on and gets transformed into Natasha, a high priced escort. Meanwhile Chutki her younger sister, played by Konkana Sen after completing her MBA, gets a job in an ad agency, in Mumbai and comes to stay with her sister.
When she realizes the bitter truth about Badki’s lifestyle, she insists that the family face it together. Kunal Kapoor who plays boss of the younger sister and then her fiancé suits his character while Abshihek Bacchan has a two song and five scene role and is paired with Rani. Role of father is played by Anupam Kher while mother who undergoes hardships and turmoil of life is played by Jaya Bacchan. Hema Malini is there for a scene but as always looks stunning.
An average film, but is doing brisk business. A debatable dialogue in the film was on definition of patents and trademarks by Rani Mukherji on her role as Natasha whereby she defines it as practices used by so called developed world on developing world to exploit them further.
by Anil Gulati