Movie Review: Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi (2012)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★☆☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

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.

LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI is a one-day journey of different people struggling in the city of Mumbai. They eventually end up at one place and find their ways… A tense Salman [Kay Kay Menon] is looking for the murderers of his parents, a humiliated cop ACP Chautala [Manu Rishi] is looking for four Nigerian drug peddlers with 24 hours deadline on his neck, a desperate lover Amol [Ranvir Shorey] comes to rescue his beloved girlfriend who has got married to some millionaire, a runaway girl from Chandigarh Dolly [Neha Bhasin] wants to go back home, but not before she recovers all the money she has lost in attempt to become a top heroine of Bollywood. Ajoy [Pradhuman Singh], the Bengali rockstar, advises his close friend Amol to commit suicide. All this happens in a single day in Mumbai.

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.


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Positive Reviews
Average Reviews
2.5 “LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI is a typical Bambaiya story. This film had the potential to make an impact.”
Negative Reviews
1.5 ” LIFE KI TOH LAG GAYI has a fascinating concept, but the writing plays the spoilsport.”
Bollywood Hungama
1.5 ” Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi leaves one uncomfortably numb; so, enter the halls at your own risk.”
Daily Bhaskar
1.0 “Lack of imagination and an oddball cast lets down Rakesh Mehta’s Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi.”
1.0 “Watch it at your own risk.”
Times Of India
1.0 “Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi is best avoided unless you derive some evil pleasure in punishing yourself.”
1.0 “Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi is best avoided.”

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