We rarely see movies depicting village life in mainstream cinema. Our generation thrives on sleek, opulent locations with trendy actors and gibberish songs. Yet some movies have enthralled the audience every now and then.. One such movie is Laloolal.com which is a part of the collection of ZEE5 Film Festival, where works of Indian and Pakistani directors’ are showcased.
This Pakistani movie features Faysal Qureshi, Natasha Portess and Aimen Iqbal as the main leads. It is a romantic comedy that follows the story of Sue, an English woman, who has landed in an obscure village in Pakistan trying to find her husband who has gone missing. Due to the language barrier, she is assigned to Laloo, a village simpleton, who is the only one in the entire village who knows broken English. Laloolal is a people’s person and helps everyone around the village, his love interest Chandan feels jealous of his sudden closeness to Sue. Will Sue find her husband? What will happen to Laloolal when he finds himself alone with Sue? Will he go abroad? It is for you to find out.
There are very few Bollywood movies that walk the tightrope of village life depiction. But that’s not to say that Bollywood has never made any good movies depicting the beautiful life of common villagers. Here are a few gems that became a part of path-breaking cinema focusing on rural life.
During the British Raj, a farmer named Bhuvan challenges Captain Andrew Russell to beat his team in a game of cricket and exempt his village from paying taxes for the next three years. A love triangle of sorts emerges when Elizabeth Russell agrees to help Bhuvan and his team which does not go well with Gauri.
The story revolves around an N.R.I, who while on his trip to India gets nostalgic about his motherland and instead of returning to America with his nanny, decides to live a fulfilling life in India.
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A satire where a village simpleton earns a degree and aspires to become a novel writer but instead ends up writing and reading letters for the villagers. The movie follows the ups and downs of villagers who weave beautiful tales with their uncomplicated life.
Another classic dark comedy that throws light on the grave issue of farmer suicides based in rural India. When a farmer decides he wants to end his life due to the enormous debts, this later turns into a political and media circus. The frenzy puts his village into the eye of the storm.
A sensitive female-centric film that follows two women from separate backgrounds with a common connection – their husbands. One of the husbands is dead, and the other has to seek pardon from the widow in order to obtain mercy. The movie shows the lives of villagers in rustic Rajasthan.
If you haven’t already watched these movies then make sure to put them on your must-watch list. And do not forget to view Laloolal.com, it’s a fun entertainer with its soft, dramatic moments. So download and subscribe ZEE5 right now for this rustic beauty of a tale.