Movie Review: Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi (2012)
The Mumbaiya jargon is incredibly popular and quite a few of its expressions and terminology have become a part of life. As a matter of fact, the term ‘lagi huyi hai’, from which the title of this film LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI has been obtained, is a universally widespread term. It’s a situation many people find themselves in at diverse junctures of their lives.
Films with the Mumbaiya flavor have, quite often, found acceptance and approval by viewers of Hindi movies. IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN, PARINDA, SATYA, VAASTAV, RANGEELA, HERA PHERI, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI are some prominent paradigms that come to my mind instantly. Furthermore, each week, the spectators are greeting additional films that are exceedingly factual and significant, with content that is relatable. LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI follows the footsteps of IS RAAT KI SUBAH NAHIN, but the problem is that it appeals in flashes. It holds your attention in bits and spurts. Yet, there’s no denying that debutant director Rakesh Mehta has filmed a number of sequences with expertise. Sadly, it’s the writing that lets him down. Had the writing been cohesive and editing sharper, LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI would’ve been notches above what it is right now.
It’s tough to have a start, a middle and an end for a single story, but the storyteller attempts to narrate as many as four stories in a single film. Now that’s an achievement. But, like I mentioned earlier, the stories take a long time to reach the conclusion. Also, the lethargic unfolding of the narrative is a deterrent, besides a few sequences that tend to get repetitive.