Ek Paheli Leela
Glamorized Sleaze Fest

Bobby Khan
Director - Writer

Jojo Khan

Film Review
Ek Paheli Leela:Unconcealed Mystery

Ek Paheli Leela
Glamorized Sleaze-Fest

A sculptor falls in love with his muse and kills her lover. The three of them are reborn centuries later and history repeats itself.

Well, the above line is not the synopsis of ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ but B. Subhash’s ‘Divine Lovers’ that released in 1997. Based on the same premise, ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ is a glamourized, extravagant slickly made film that could have been a U certificate film if it were not sprinkled with sleaze spice.

Meera (Sunny Leone), is a Milan based Indian Model, who is afraid of flying. Her photographer friend Radhika (Shivani Tanksale) tricks her to come to India where she falls in love with Prince Ranveer Singh (Mohit Ahlawat) and marries him. Radhika’s friend Karan (Jay Bhanushali) who is disturbed by visuals of his past life comes to Jaisalmer and meets Meera. He tries to remind of her past but what comes out is the surprise ending of the film.

As I mentioned, the film is slickly made with a high production value that the producers wouldn’t have dared to spend if Sunny Leone wasn’t the lead. But yes, taking Sunny Leone as the lead also meant a lot of skin show as the USP.

The screenplay (Jojo Khan) is quite crisp barring the comedy track and love story between Ranveer and Meera. That’s where the pace slackens. I guess, keeping their love story low-profile was intended to keep the audience from guessing the surprise twist. Dialogues by Bunty Rathore is mediocre at best.

The glamour quotient is high whether it’s Sunny Leone doing a fashion shoot, or her music videos, or her 17th century skimpily-clad avatar, or her passionate scene in the sand or her haldi function in the palace or her suhaag raat with Mohit Ahlawat. They all are inserted mindlessly to serve to the audience, what they have promised in the posters and promos. The story itself is a reincarnation drama in the lines of Karz, Kudrat, etc. I wonder if the only reason to cast Sunny Leone was to make a simple story marketable. Director Bobby Khan would have agreed to it because this means a proper release for his film.

Sunny Leone struggles hard to act. Her tipsy act makes you laugh and trying to speak in a Rajasthani accent  makes you want to pull off your hair. Rajneesh Duggal as the past-life lover of Leela is offered no scope to act. Forgotten actors like Rahul Dev and Jas Arora barely manage to make their mark felt. In fact, Jas Arora is the only one whose dialogue you would be able to recall once you leave the theatre. Mohit Ahlawat wastes a nice opportunity while Jay Bhanushali hams in a lot of scenes. Laughter Challenge Star Ahsaan Qureshi proves that without a nice script, he cannot evoke a single laugh.

Music is nice to ears. Some nice peppy tunes like Desi Look, Dholi Taro, Deewana Tera, Saiyan Superstar as well as two soulful numbers Tere Bin and Jaan Vey will stay with you.

The camera shamelessly exploits Sunny Leone’s curves and Rajasthan serves as a nice exotic background.

Don’t be surprised if the movie goes on to become a hit.

Indian Audiences like to be served what they have ordered and this film does exactly that.

Rating: * *

   S Manasvi

S Manasvi is a Direction Passout from FTII Pune. Besides Writer-Director of the Film Love U Mr Kalakaar (Rajashree Productions), he also has several TV shows to his credit..

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