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By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Producer: Yash Raj Films (Aditya Chopra)
Director: Sharat Katariya
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra and Others
Music: Anu Malik
Rating: [usr 3.5]
Yash Raj Films has always been famous for its beautiful and talented heroines and for presenting them in a way that hits the hearts making them eye candy in chiffon sarees. YRF’s heroines even look sizzling hot in sarees. But this time around, Yash Raj Films goes altogether different with a plus sized actress in its latest outing ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’. Even this time, YRF has also gone for changing its history by replacing Lata Mangashkar’s voice with Kumar Sanu’s rendition on its logo. All this happened in their today’s release. Let’s analyze it.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is set in the 90s era (1995) in Hardiwar where Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) a middle classed high school dropout lives with his family. He is a die-hard fan of Kumar Sanu. His three weaknesses include his father’s slippers, English paper and Kumar Sanu’s voice. His parents zeros in a B.Ed graduate girl for him. She is Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) who wants to become a teacher. She is an over-sized girl, who Prem does not like at all. But his parents fix this matrimony. The marriage happens though Prem does not like his wife since she is too fat. On marriage night, nothing happens between them and this starts echoing in everyone’s ears. The families on both sides get worried. Sandhya loves Prem and when her mother asks her to seduce Prem with a VCD, she does the same. Sandhya hears Prem letting his friends know that he does not like her at all. The incident leads to file a divorce case. The court issues the verdict of spending time together for six months so that if the change of mind takes place between the couple. In the midst of all this, a competition ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ in the village takes place, where the husbands have to carry their wives on their back and run. It is like a race. Prem participates in this competition on his family’s insistence. What will happen to their relationship is what forms the rest of the story.
The plot is really interesting and catchy. The scripting is fabulous though there are many hiccups in the flow. But overall it appears nice and goes well with the viewers whose interest level gets intact. The direction is superlative. On both fronts – writing and direction, Sharat Katariya impresses with his skills. The special mention is for the production designer Meenal Agarwal, who has very brilliantly recreated the 90s era that you actually feel that you are in that time when the technology was limited to VCRs and audio cassettes, etc. Hats off to Meenal! Music by Anu Malik is below average. Cinematography is fine. Editing is nice, but not exceptional (could have been better).
Ayushmann Khurrana delivers a nice performance, but you cannot term it exceptional. He could have delivered more catchy performance. The show stealer is the debutante Bhumi Pednekar, since she is the one who carries the entire film on her shoulders. She shows her class even in her debut vehicle where many loses the confidence level. Sanjay Mishra is a treat to watch. Rest of the cast is fine as well.
On the whole, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a catchy movie that holds your interest and attention throughout. Watch it for the stellar performance of Bhumi Pednekar.
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