'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' Review: A hearty-humorous concoction!

'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' Review: A hearty-humorous concoction!

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By: Sonia Chopra

Friday 27 February 2015

Movie Title

Dum Laga Ke Haisha


Sharat Kataria

Star Cast

Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar

We meet our protagonists who live in '90s Haridwar, in a world ofVCRs and landline phones. A world where the father warns the son notto let a cow enter their shop and people are greeted with"chai-campa". It's also a world where an overbearing family gets theirunwilling son Prem a.k.a Lappu (Ayushmann Khurrana) married againsttheir wishes.

The son grudgingly gives into his family's wishes. Only problem ishis prospective new bride turns out to be an overweight "padhi likhi"girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) with ambitions of becoming a teacher. Incontrast, he is an exercise enthusiast who writes his English paper inHindi. The pre-wedding night has the bride and groom puke and sneezein turns (considered ominous by superstitious folk).

The dreaded first night where the two enter a room with the groom'sfamily eagerly watching is a delight. Soon, word spreads that "nothinghappened". The families react as if tragedy struck.The night there is the noise of sex coming from the bedroom, thegroom's mother heartily exclaims, "Sayaana ho gaya hai, apna Prem."She also offers to call other concerned relatives so they can heave asigh of relief. Their lack of boundaries and privacy is both alarmingand amusing.

Meanwhile, Lappu is yet to come to terms with his reality. He feelsembarrassed of even walking with his chubby bride, but the surprise instore is the bride herself.

Sandhya's mother keeps warning her to not try and equal herhandsome husband, and to "keep quiet" when there is domestic strife.Sandhya certainly does not consider herself his equal; she feels she'sfar better off than her spineless husband who is not even 10th pass.

This lovingly crafted character is an epitome of self-esteem andconfidence that even the most beautiful lack. She often admiresherself in front of the mirror, her long hair loose and a bindi on herflawless skin. Let the world call her derogatory terms, in her owneyes, she's a rock-star!

Which is why, she isn`t ok being treated badly. She shows herarrogant husband his place lovingly, and takes some pretty dramaticdecisions for a small-town girl from a conservative family.

The film is full of bitter-sweet moments that stay with you longafter the film is over. Prem and Sandhya's equation develops overseveral hesitant moments, including some heartfelt ones like thefalling of her chappal from the scooter.

The film is full of such memorable interludes. Their domesticbattle that plays out in the form of old Hindi songs, as the familywatches helplessly, is a masterstroke. So is everyone's reaction asshe returns to her maternal home after a fight, where her father asksis her husband has hit her (because only physical violence can justifysuch a drastic step, in their head).

The incredibly sharp, witty dialogue (my favourite one is whereSandhya talks of prepositions) is an absolute treat! As is thebrilliant cinematography capturing Haridwar's brilliant sights andsounds.

And now for the terrific performances. Ayushmann Khurrana is superbas the self-proclaimed failure who learns to look at life differentlythanks to his new bride. He is struggling on several levels, fromstanding up to his family that still treats him as an imbecile, to hisfriends who subtly show off to chide him.

Debutante Bhumi Pednekar sets the screen on fire with herincredibly self-assured performance. When she talks, you listen, as doothers around her. She also brings in ample amounts of warmth to herstrong character, and her performance is simply a delight.

The peripheral cast led by Sanjay Mishra, Seema Bhargava, Alka Aminand Sheeba Chaddha is astonishingly good.

Director Sharat Kataria weaves together a film that has enoughheart, humour and romance to warrant a second-time watch. Do not miss!

Rating: Four stars

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