Laapataa Ladies (2024): Movie Review, Cast, Budget & More

Laaptaa Ladies by Kiran Rao

Strange name, Right? To clarify, Laapataa translates to lost, and Ladies means women. Laapataa Ladies is a Hindi feature film released on 1 March 2024, but last year, on 8th September, it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), receiving a standing ovation. It will exclusively stream on Netflix, an OTT platform that can now be enjoyed. As the name suggests, the unique story is self-explanatory, portrayed by Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan’s wife, on the silver screen.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the movie:

  • Genre: Comedy Drama
  • Director: Kiran Rao
  • Producers: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Jyoti Deshpande
  • Cast: Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastava, Chhaya Kadam, Ravi Kishan
  • Release Date: March 1, 2024 (India)
  • Running Time: 2 hours 2 minutes

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The Plot

The story of Laapataa Ladies is based on a situation where two brides belonging to a rural background in India are lost. This situation creates a ride full of fun and laughter as the exchanged brides reach the wrong households. The story further proceeds as one of the grooms decides to find his own traditionally veiled wife. 

Story of Laapataa Ladies

It is a comedy-drama genre released in Hindi language. The story starts with a train journey. Deepak and his newlywed wife are traveling by train to his home. Upon reaching the destination, Deepak and his family realize that his wife has been exchanged. The scene is that the train they took was overcrowded and filled with many other newlywed couples. So, it is right for them to think that Deepak’s wife got exchanged. 

The story proceeds with various attempts by Deepak to find his wife. In his attempts, he even files a Police report and makes many efforts, which creates funny situations. The audience in the theaters found it funny, but the plot of the story seemed unrealistic and unrelatable.

Deepak’s real wife has hidden her identity, while Phool, Deepak’s exchanged wife, is lost at an unknown station and is friends with Manju and others, who hope that one day Deepak will come for her. In all this Chaos, a police officer gets suspicious of Deepak’s real wife as he thinks that she is a gang member who robes newlywed Grooms.  

Cast and Crew 

Laapataa Ladies Cast & Crew

The director of Laapataa Ladies is Kiran Rao, who co-produced the film with Aamir Khan and Jyoti Deshpande. Lead roles are played by Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastava, Chhaya Kadam, and Ravi Kishan. The table below describes the cast and the role played by the stars who brought the story alive on screen.

Sure, here is the table:

Actor Character
Nitanshi Goel Phool
Pratibha Ranta Pushpa Rani/Jaya
Sparsh Shrivastav Deepak Kumar
Chhaya Kadam Manju Maai
Ravi Kishan Shyam Manohar
Rachna Gupta Poonam Bhabhi
Geeta Agrawal Sharma Yashoda
Satendra Soni Chotu
Abeer Jain Bablu
Bhaskar Jha Pradeep
Daood Hussain Gunjan
Durgesh Kumar Dubey Ji
Kanupriya Rishimum Bela
Pankaj Sharma Deepak’s Father
Sanjay Dogra Murti
Shad Mohamad Hanif
Ravi Kapadiya Abdul
Vivek Sawrikar Station Master
Pranjal Pateriya Raghu
Samarth Mayor Bilas

Music of Laapataa Ladies

The movie’s music is composed by Ram Sampath, who also composed music for Delhi Belly and Talaash. The lively soundtrack of was brought to life by T-Series, a prominent Indian music label.

The songs were released on 13th February 2024, just before the movie’s release. The total length of the songs in Laapataa Ladies is 12 minutes and 14 seconds, and you can refer to the table below for more details.

Title Lyricist Singer(s) Length
Doubtwa Divyanidhi Sharma Sukhwinder Singh 2:30
Sajni Prashant Pandey Arijit Singh 2:50
Dheeme Dheeme Swanand Kirkire Shreya Ghoshal 4:28
Beda Paar Prashant Pandey Sona Mohapatra 2:26

Laapataa Ladies Movie Reviews

Brides in train

The movie received positive reviews from the critics as it was not so liked by the theater audience. Here are some reviews:

  • Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave a 3.5/5 rating and stated that Kiran Rao returns to the director’s seat “with a work that strikes the right notes. 
  • Bollywood Hungama rated 3/5 stars, writing “Laapataa Ladies” works due to the amusing plot, performances, underlying message, and some memorable funny and emotional scenes.”
  • In the Indian Express, Shubhra Gupta rated 3.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, “Kiran Rao’s film is unapologetically message-y, but its strongly beating feminist heart overrides the broad brush strokes. Sometimes things need to be stated loud and clear.”

All in all, the movie received positive reviews for its precise portrayal, which struck the minds of the people.

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