Verdict: An entertaining take on love versus electricity.
With its unique concept and catchy one-liners, Laatu had managed to generate a decent hype prior to its release. Gagan Kokri’s debut film was a common topic of discussion both within the industry as well as outside. Some said it has all it takes to be the surprise hit of the year and others felt that it will be a well-scripted saga of a boy who will stop at nothing to win his lady love. Does Laatu be able to live up to its expectations? Let’s analyze.
What’s Laatu About:
Sattu (Gagan Kokri) falls head over heels in love with Jeeti (Aditi Sharma). He manages to convince his father (Sardar Sohi) to get him married to Jeeti but Jeeti’s father (Ashish Duggal) wants them to install a “laatu” (halogen bulb) in their home within three months so that their family standards match. Thus begins the game of Sattu taking on the government and its employees who are unwilling to work for the betterment and welfare of the society. How Sattu manages to bring laatu in their village and ultimately win the love of Jeeti forms the rest of the story.
What primarily works for Laatu is its essence. Right from the setting, to the era, and the joy of bringing the first electric bulb in the village, Laatu has its heart in the right place. The movie starts off quite well with the village rejoicing the innovation of laatu and subsequently Gagan falling in love with Aditi. The makers take adequate time with the romance between Sattu and Jeeti and in the scenes where Sattu tries to mend the issues between his and Jeeti’s father. The ups and downs of their relationship take an altogether new route when her father challenges Sattu to install laatu in their village within three months. These scenes keep you most engaged throughout the film.
Post interval starts the game of one-upmanship between the Government officials and Sattu. The proceedings are quite interesting and most of the musical tracks blend in well with the story. The climax scene is unexpected and especially touching, leaving you with a ‘brightly shining’ smile.
Gagan Kokri makes a decent debut. His body language is perfect. Aditi Sharma is a gem. She always brings her own charm to every role and doesn’t disappoint here either. Karamjit Anmol provides the much-required laughter, while Ashish Duggal and Sardar Sohi are first-rate. Rahul Jungral also impresses in his scenes.
With a fairly well-written script by Dheeraj Rattan, Manav Shah makes sure that the film does not go off track at any given point of time. He takes special care of the ambiance and setting of the film and succeeds in bringing out a fairly entertaining war between villages with and without electricity.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Some work on the dialogues would have made Laatu perfect. There was adequate scope for more comedy, romance, and rivalry, but the intensity of the scenes seem to fizzle out because of the weak dialogues.
Why You Should Watch:
Watch Laatu for its unique concept. The movie takes you back to the era when there was no electricity in villages and people would wait for months to get a bulb installed in their homes. The movie wonderfully portrays the clash of egos between Sardar Sohi and Ashish Duggal and also between Gagan Kokri and Rahul Jungral to win Aditi Sharma‘s love.