Ladli Laila (Virgin Goat)

Director: Murali Nair
Starring: Raghubir Yadav, Shiela Naidu, Saurab Gharipurikar, Purnima Maudgil
Run time: 87 mins | Recommended Certificate: 18
Language: Hindi | Year: 2009 | Country: India

Ladli Laila (Virgin Goat)

Murali Nair is one of India’s most celebrated young directors, having won the prestigious Camera D’Or at Cannes for his first feature Marana Simhasanam (Throne of Death ), a surreal and hysterically funny commentary on local Indian politics.

His latest feature continues in the same vein. Raghubir Yadav, the doyen of Indian indie actors, plays Kalyan Singh, a farmer who is trying to eke out a living. Singh loves his pet she-goat Laila even more than he does his own family. Singh’s ambition is that his pet will have a kid.

The search is on for a Billy Goat that needs to be found whilst Laila is still in heat. The announcement that a local bigwig is to visit town throws a spoke into Singh’s mating plans for his beloved goat. Nair’s satire takes numerous snipes at corruption in its myriad forms but in a hilarious and warm-hearted manner.


Murali Nair