37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw That Girl)


Sweety Chaudhary, a young Punjabi woman, is constantly badgered by her overbearing family about her love life, and the need to marry a nice Hindu boy. When she stumbles into a theater one afternoon, she meets Sahil, a failing playwright whopresents himself as a potential husband to Sweety’s family. Sahil becomes infatuated with Sweety, who is harboring a secret—she is in love with a woman.  Fearing retaliation from her conservative Hindu family, Sweety opens up to Sahil, who helps her navigate her family and her sexuality. This film, the first in Bollywood to feature a same-sex relationship, balances a light comedy of errors with a family drama that tests the strength of familial bonds. Discussion with director Shelly Chopra Dhar, moderated by Geeta Patel (UVA)

This film is part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian Film series supported by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures and the UVA Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures


Thursday, October 24


8:45 PM


Violet Crown 5

Film Info

Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar

Runtime: 120 min.

Year: 2019

Country: India

Language: Hindi

Accessibility: Subtitles

Featuring: Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Regina Cassandra, Sonam Kapoor