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Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

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[Spoilers!]
Full disclosure: I watched Laaga Chunari Mein Daag for two reasons: the cast as a whole—full of people I love/like, and I didn't even remember Hema Malini actually dances in it!—and the specific romantic pairing of Rani Mukherji and Abhishek Bachchan, my favorite jodi ever.
While the characterizations don't all live up to the potential of these actors, overall the film makes relatively pleasing use of its star talent. The two weak points for characters are the child-like younger siblings, Shubhavari (Konkona Sen Sharma), whose wild swings in persona don't really cohere given her age and education and whose job seems far too grown-up for her, and Vivaan (Kunal Kapoor), a narcissist to whom no one should pay particular attention. As for Rani and Abhishek together again...despite loving them together in every iteration I've seen, I can never put my finger on what it is about them that works so well for me. It's not that they're always lively and cleve…