Once more, the unforgettable and the classic love story of Laila Majnu has been brought back on the big screens and it has done wonders. Laila Majnu marked the directorial debut of the filmmaker Sajid Ali and stars newbies Tripti Dimri and Avinash Tiwari. This beautiful film is penned down by ace filmmaker Imtiaz Ali who is known for his works like Jab We met, Rockstar among others.
Qais (Avinash Tiwary) reassures Laila (Tripti Dimri) when he is in doubt. “Humari kahaani likhi gayi hai (our story has already been written).” According to Laila, her love story is definitely written in various other renditions apart from Persian over centuries. The classic drama of these lovers is shown in the beautiful locales of modern-day Kashmir. The essence and the feeling is all the same but it's the atmosphere which changes. Kashmir is a beautiful place to film such love stories and it's beauty which does all the remaining work and adds extra essence to a particular situation without creating any further drama. The romance builds up on its own and that's when the magic works. One thing that stands out as unusual is how Qais and Laila meet.
It is inevitable to compare the first and the second half with Laila Majnu. Initially, Qais tries to woo Laila while she fights off a spate of roadside Romeos. Laila is a die-hard fan of Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) and exactly wants the same kind of romance, and the filmmaker gives her just that. Though, the couple faces a lot of hurdles to reach the final destination of their love which completes their love story, the journey which the two experience is just incredible and that's how the story progresses.
The story as shown where the couple neither gets married nor make their relationship official in any terms. As the story progresses, you get to know more and some beautiful songs add more interest to this amazing love story.
Qais’ mental deterioration is reminiscent and restricted, which makes you deeply empathetic towards him. Majnu’s poetic descent into madness is briefly explained as depression in Qais, owing to its modern telling. The hero Avinash is in full control of his character’s insanity, unlike Dimri, who appears too self-conscious.
Film critic Shalini Langer reviewed this beautiful film and said, "There is only one true love in this film, and that is what Imtiaz Ali surely has for brother Sajid. For, no one goes from a dud called Jab Harry Met Sejal to a bigger dud like Laila Majnu but for some true brotherly love. Unless it is the lack of ideas. Jab Harry Met Sejal married the titles of one of Hollywood’s most effervescent romances, and that of Imtiaz Ali’s best work. Laila Majnu goes back more than 2,000 years."
The movie is good to watch and we love the effort Tripti and Avinash has taken to maintain that old charm of Laila and Majnu.
The movie deserves 3 stars.