In filmmaker Kiran Rao’s upcoming Laapataa Ladies, two young brides get lost on a train in rural India. It leads to chaos, confusion, suspicion and a lot of searching. The comedy-drama, helmed by Rao and superstar Aamir Khan, is finally slated to hit theaters on March 3, 2023.
Laapataa Ladies marks Rao’s return to direction 11 years after her debut film Dhobi Ghat. The trailer of the film was launched on Wednesday and will also be attached to the prints of Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha which opens on August 11.
The official synopsis of Laapataa Ladies reads: “When two young brides go missing from a train, the chaos that ensues is both funny and poignant – accidentally igniting a journey no one expects.” The film stars Nitanshi Goel, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Shrivastava, Chhaya Kadam and Ravi Kishan.
While Laapataa Ladies is produced under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions and Kindling Productions, the screenplay is based on an award-winning story by Biplab Goswami. Sneha Desai is credited for the film’s screenplay and dialogues, with Divyanidhi Sharma penning the other dialogues.
Laapataa Ladies is the first collaboration Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan since they announced their separation last year. Rao and Khan remained close friends.
Kiran Rao made her debut with Dhobi Ghat, which featured Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra and Aamir Khan in extended appearances. Laapataa Ladies is her second feature film. In 2018, the filmmaker opened up about how Dhobi Ghat would have had a “different income” if it had been released in the OTT era.
“The world has changed significantly in the last five to seven years. My film released in early January 2011 and that was the beginning of multiplexes. Today, the possibilities are endless and people are used to watching different types of cinema thanks to the internet and OTT platforms. There is a better universe for small movies. I think Dhobi Ghat would have definitely received a different reception if it had been released seven years later,” said Rao.