Movie Review: Dil Dhadakne Do

We saw Dil Dhadakne Do over the weekend. I’d heard some good stuff about the movie, but went to see it without much expectations.

The premise or story line of the movie is real thin, but the cast was spot on, both the casting and the acting! After seeing the movie, I can’t see anyone else in these roles.

The movie is about a rich, high-society, but highly dysfunctional Punjabi family called the Mehras. Kamal and Neelam Mehra (Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah) are spending their thirtieth wedding anniversary with family and friends on a cruise ship. However,the reality is that, his business is failing and he is in the brink of bankruptcy. They are typical Indian parents who have high expectations of their only son Kabir (Ranveer Singh), who would rather fly a plane than run the business, and at the same time think their married daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra), a successful entrepreneur, should devote her time to her husband (Rahul Bose) and mother-in-law (Zarina Wahab) in being the perfect wife, daughter-in-law and mother!

The Mehras invite the Soods to the cruise as they want Kabir and the Soods daughter Noorie who had been ditched at the altar. This so that Mr. Sood (Parmeet Sethi) will inject funds into the Mehra’s dying company. But Noorie only has eyes for Rana, the son of the Khannas who hate the Soods. There’s also Farah,(Anushka Sharma) a British Indian dancer in the ship, whom Kabir falls in love with. Last is Sunny (Farhan Akhtar), Priyanka’s ex, whose father works with Kamal Mehra and who joins the cruise halfway into the film. Oh, I forgot about Pluto Mehra, the adorable pup, voiced by Aamir Khan who is the sutradhar or narrator for the film.

The movie depicted human life as it happens to each one of us – there were so many points in the film where I felt the character was acting exactly the way I did or would do in such a situation. Kudos to the actors and Zoya Akhtar for pulling it off! Some of the humor was very juvenile, evident by GG & BB laughing their heads off, but overall, it’s a paisa vasool movie.

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