Lalbaugchi Rani Review: Veena Jamkar goes overboard

Lalbaugchi Rani
Release Date: June 03, 2016
Star-Cast: Veena Jamkar, Prathamesh Parab, Aashok Shinde, Neha Joshi, Nandita Dhuri, ParthBhalerao, ?PratimaJoshi, Reshma Shinde Chaugule, Subrat Dutta
Director: Laxman Utekar
Producer: Boney Kapoor Production, Sunil Manchanda
Genre: Drama

Sandhya Parulekar (Veena Jamkar) is a girl-next-door with a reduced mental capacity, lost and wanders off on the streets of Mumbai, where she meets new peoples.

Sandhya goes out to see Mumbai with her parents on her 24th birthday after a long time. What starts as a happy day for the special girl and her family soon turns into a nightmare when Sandhya goes missing in Mumbai while chasing her gas ballon. For the next 24 hours, she keeps meeting new people and experiencing the fast-paced life of Mumbai even the dark side of a city.

Her innocence and simplicity changes the lives of people she encounters with. But do Sandhya’s parents find her? Or is it too late already?

The film is technically sound, especially the cinematography. But it falters in the execution. Some Dialogues like “Majha naav sandhya.. mala lalbaugchi rani boltat.. aaj majha happy birthday aahe!“, “Aapan rastyavar thukat naay… ani konasamor jhukat naay!” are catchy but become repetitive and add to it the over-the-top portrayal of Sandhya by Veena Jamkar. The otherwise versatile Veena Jamkar goes overboard, something not expected from a seasoned actress of Valu, Vihir and Tapaal.

‘Lalbaugchi Rani’ is more about exploring the fast-paced life of Mumbai than anything else and in that, it excels.