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'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here

Love is said to be the biggest joy that two individuals share between each other during their lifetime. It is also said to be the strongest force that there is (next only to the force of gravity perhaps), capable of bringing someone to their knees, quite literally. 

It is also known to make us strong, pumping us with such strength and fervour, that the biggest of hurdles seem conquerable when the love of our life is standing beside us. Yet, nowhere does the universal ideology of love dictate who is to love whom, how or how much.

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here© Vinod Chopra Films

However, today, at a time and age when enlightenment and liberty have finally come to almost everyone around the world, and that too at the cost of so many lives who fought for what they believed in, the question of whom to love hangs heavily in the air. 

The premise of love has been dismantled and compartmentalised into such airtight brackets by a select few to such an extent, that until not so long ago, one had to fear for their lives in India because their love didn't “follow the natural order” of feeling and expressing the heartfelt affection towards another individual.

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here© Vinod Chopra Films

This brings me to the big news of the day. 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' which boasts of a loaded star cast comprising of names such as Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla amongst others, has finally hit the screens today. 

Expected to be a coming-of-age story that revolves around a woman's journey of identifying as a lesbian, struggling with society's reigning notions of gender identity, love and marriage, to coming out and eventually fighting for the #RightToLove, this movie has got me pinning my hopes high when it comes to witnessing such a mainstream, commercial film with a starry cast, doing justice to the depiction of the harsh realities and struggles of the LGBTQ community.

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here© Vinod Chopra Films

The concept and possibility of same-*** or homosexual romantic relationships is such a taboo in our society, that currently the only hope the community and its allies can count on, is perhaps some sort of sensitisation, that would lead to acceptance and respect at the very least. And this is exactly what I wish the film would succeed in presenting, without being condescending or giving in to popular public demands of stereotyping homosexuality or what the struggle means to those who identify as one.

Yes, I agree that this isn't the first Hindi film of its kind which deals with the subject, so one might say that my expectations from the film do not add up. But whether it was 'Fire' (1996), which was way ahead of its time, or 'My Brother Nikhil' (2005) and more recently 'Aligarh' (2015), each of these films, tackled the subject differently and touched upon a different aspect of homosexuality. 

Yes, the pathos was there and often the injustice meted out to this segment of our society was also made evident, but none of them seemed to have explored the nature of such relationships and its intricacies at length or in as much depth.

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here© Vinod Chopra Films

Whereas, this film with its distinct plot, popular casting and possible outreach might be able to do things differently and pull it off too. But most of all I hope that 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' is able to stir things up, initiate a open and healthy discourse around the subject, as well as succeeds in elevating the misconceptions and judgements our society holds about the LGBTQ community, thereby bringing everyone closer - to a place that accepts, respects, and protects their rights, like any other deserving human being.

So here is hoping 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' does not turn out to be a disappointing and distasteful joke on same-*** romantic relationships, as was the case in 'Dostana'. 

And for those of you who wish to come at me for having high hopes from a film on homosexual relationship, and spew hate and rain me with half-gathered “facts” in the garb of religion, culture or morals, I will leave you all with an adage to take into consideration before you @ me and hit that send button.

'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' Ignites The Hope That The Winds Of Change Are Finally Here© Vinod Chopra Films

So as the saying goes, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” and therefore it might do all of us some good to first educate ourselves with hard and complete facts. And you might be surprised to know that homosexuality was as much a part of Indian history, culture and religion centuries ago, as it is today, be it as part of temple architecture, epic literature or the scriptures. Let's talk once you've read up on it. Do leave me your thoughts below.

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