“Lakshmi”… A surprisingly watchable update on the kids-want-to-dance template

Posted on August 25, 2018


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/lakshmi-prabhu-deva-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/

When I began to warm up to AL Vijay’s Lakshmi, I wondered — at first — if it was a function of my expectations, which had been so low. There are so many things wrong with this kiddie dance-competition film, beginning with a ridiculously melodramatic pre-climax accident involving a cargo of… LPG cylinders. Whatever next? Sending Dora the Explorer to Hiroshima, circa 1945? The relationship between Lakshmi (Ditya Bhande), the star dancer who wants to win a major competition, and her mother (Aishwarya Rajesh) appears cold, formal, underdeveloped — it’s just a series of hi-s and bye-s. The mother’s past — important in the scheme of things — is barely explored. Kovai Sarala appears, yet again, as a… Kovai Sarala character. And the scene that brings Prabhu Deva into the narrative shouldn’t have made it even to a first draft. He owns a coffee shop. Lakshmi walks in and begins to dance. They’re bonded for life! I’ve seen shampoo commercials with more character development.

Continued at the link above.

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