Out Of Theatre

Lailaa O Lailaa

Out Of Theatre
14 May, 2015 2 hrs 48 mins U
Mohanlal, Amala Paul, Sathyaraj, Joy Mathew, Rahul Dev, Kainaat Arora
Despite having all elements to make an action-thriller; the movie does not intrigue the viewer. The charm of its lead actors, playing an undercover agent and wife, do not cover up its glaring flaws.

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Story: Jai Mohan, a divorcee, marries Anjali Menon claiming that he works for a company that specializes in exports. She soon realizes that he is an undercover intelligence agent and walks out on him. Jai manages to regain her trust and she volunteers to help him in one of his missions.

Review: The tagline of Joshiy's Lailaa O Lailaa reads- 'The biggest risk of his life, his wife'. One wonders whether the makers thought about injecting some sense into the tagline, other than making it rhyme. May be they wanted the viewers to take it as a precursor to the kind of tacky product they were about to present.

Lailaa O Lailaa lacks a thrilling plot though it has some of the best actors in our industry, a veteran director, a dependable scriptwriter and well-put together stunt sequences. These elements apparently make the film an action-thriller; but the movie does not intrigue the viewer. The credibility and charm of its lead actors do not cover up its glaring flaws.

The film appears to be a distant cousin of those Hollywood movies that feature the president in danger and a team of agents trying to protect him. Jai Mohan (Mohanlal) marries a rich girl posing as a simpleton. It doesn't take much to uncover his true calling - a few nonsensical replies to her probing queries, calls to his office that raise doubts about his whereabouts, hotel bills in shirt pockets and inconsistent reasons dished out to answer her questions. She is initially baffled, but comes to terms with it over time. Urged by Jai's boss, Anjali also joins the agency to bust a terrorist plot.

While secrecy is paramount for agents, Mohanlal's character appears silly and can't lie convincingly. After his wife walks out on him, he takes her to his office and introduces her to all the agents, his boss and 'undercover' activities (blanketed with supreme secrecy) to win her trust.

They indulge in PDA at will - be it inside his boss' cabin or near the receptionist's desk. Even then, the romance between the lead pair is awkward and no believable chemistry emerges on screen. There are a handful of wannabe-cool dialogues and they remain artificial. An invigorating screenplay and tighter editing would've made it a better film. The only aspect of the film, which does not disappoint, is its action.

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