#DumLagaKeHaisha #HindiBollywoodFilmMovieReview #Rating: * * *
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Hindi Film Review
Simplistic, Light-weight and entertaining
Film: Dum laga Ke Haisha
Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Bhumi Pednekar, Kumar Sanu
Director: Sharat Kataria
Rating: * * *
Don’t go by the size and looks of the heroine, this film is much more than a staple YashRaj product. In fact, it hearkens back to the good ole days of Rajshri films where simple everyday people fall in love through trying circumstances. The basic premise in fact bears a striking resemblance to the Satish Motiling directed Marathi film, ‘Agadbam.’
Set in small town Haridwar, this is an unconventional love story compounded by weighty issues and unreasonable expectations. Sandhya Verma(Bhumi Pednekar) has a weight problem but can offset that with her education and earning potential. Prem Prakash Tiwari(Ayushmann Khurana) is not as well educated but is decent looking, a huge Kumar Sanu fan, and runs an audio cassette shop. According to his father(Sanjay Mishra), he is a never-do-well. The two are persuaded into an arranged marriage because of an old promise made between friends. He resents the push while she is more open to accepting the shove. She is open to love and eager to please while he is just not accepting of her overtures. Eventually a contrived race between the two egged on by Prem’s mother brings the both of them to the brink of love.
Of late YashRaj has been focusing on small films situated in small towns within the Hindi heartland and this one fits in quite well. Highlighting small town values, conventions and expectations, the writing brings out healthy doses of humor while navigating the hostile territory of forced compatibility borne out of resilience, amiability and adaptability.
Director Sharat Katariya steers the narrative clear off mawkish sentiment and clichés. Instead he invokes nostalgia to get us connected with those 90’s heydays. Kumar Sanu’s mesmerizing voice and brief cameo does the trick. The background score by Italian Andrea Guerra is well integrated and feels almost a part of the entire experience. Anu Mallik’s music is definitely a notch better than the ones we’ve heard in the recent past. Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar manage to grow on you just as they grow on each other in the film. They are both wonderfully expressive and equally likeable. There’s no grandstanding here.
An odd pairing, though an ‘initial’ inhibitor, actually becomes the trump card here. Lessons are learnt and a moral sent out in a humorous entertaining vein and without much ado- It’s all so smoothly accomplished and in record time(112 odd minutes) that you come out of the theatre with a smile on your face!