Lage Raho !!
“Zor Laga Ke…Haiya!!” What does this remind one of ? Most possibly the most affable and attractive advertisement that we’ve got to see in ages. And in a very strange manner this film connects to that theme in 2 ways, it not only reminds us of our obligation towards nature but also reminds us of our humanity somewhere. Zor Lage Ke… deserves applause for this.
When “Zor laga ke.. begins with a few irritating kids trying to act like adults, one would rather start preparing himself for another kiddish fare. But after some initial euphoria, it settles down quite well & comes out effectively.
At heart, it has a noble message of contributing our best to protecting the environment which is decaying gradually & dangerously and the writer places this message in the seemingly fit world of 4 young brats who learn its importance with their own experiences. Now, full marks to the writer for the films entertains as much as it enlightens. It does not get lost in its own glory of educating but moves with the knowledge that it is a commercial film supposed to be enjoyed.
The director does indulge in some serious gags and all of them are not really amusing, though they make for quite interesting visuals. The film also reminds one of Mani Ratnam’s classic “Anjali” especially because of it’s musical sequences, but it’s too overdone to remain in the league. ( Apologies to Mani Sir’s fans) But ultimately our heart goes out to the film for it’s noble intentions & it’s successful retention to that.
Mithun Chakraborty leads the cast with a sincere performance & lends grace to the goings on. One does wonder as to why actors of calibre like, Sachin Khedekar, Seema Biswas, Gulshan Grover & Mahesh Manjrekar are given comparatively miniscule roles. But they actually add value to the film. The kids do overact at places, but they do settle down within constraints eventually. Also, Amitabh Bachchan's voiceover in the climax is like an icing on the cake.
Very often do we see films trying to come up very hard with moral lessons. But seldom do we see films which turn out to be actually sincere moral lessons & as much as it gets weighed down by its own burden to some extent, Zor Laga ke… is a prime example of this.
Rating : 3.25