Weekends have been going past me in a blur ever since I started working. The one that just ended was no different from the rest. There was no drop of rain whatsoever, which means that I currently am insanely jealous of those people relishing the monsoon in India. Talking about India, I am crazy about Bollywood films; the same love which is distributed amongst kaju sweets and bangles. This weekend I watched the movie Dil Dhadakne Do, and boy! Am I glad I did. Here onwards begins my review of this film:
Every family is crazy (or as some would say, ‘unique’) in its own way. The Mehras are unique in quite a few mannerisms; being high-society people whose quirks get in the way of emotional bonding. Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is an egoistic businessman whose company Ayka is on the verge of going for a toss. His wife Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah), is a kitty-party enthusiast who turns a blind-eye to Kamal’s ‘business trips’. Not unlike that which is inherent in the nature of women, she accepts that her marriage is a failure, but still puts on the show of marital bliss for the outside world. Kamal and Neelam though are the perfect match when it comes to making business decisions. Their first born Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra), has inherited their business acumen, while the son and apparent heir to Ayka, Kabir (Ranveer Singh) falls short of the family expectations. He spends his time flying his beloved plane, and dreaming of a different life. Ayesha is ‘married off’ to Manav Sangha (Rahul Bose) and much to the chagrin of her mother-in-law, she launches her own company and embarks upon the ladder to success. Her brother is one amongst the few in her social-circle, who recognises her talent and hard-work. Mrs. and Mrs. Mehra decide to celebrate their 30th Wedding Anniversary on a cruise-ship destined towards Turkiye and Greece. The invitations are out, with families fretting over on not making it to the Mehras’ ‘it list’, and the women being made to compromise with their husbands over the tag of ‘travelling light’. The rest of the movie deals with the occurrences that take place during the course of the celebratory journey. The elders indulge in karaoke and match-making, while the youngsters hook-up on their own accord. All these activities are of course, accompanied by booze……….lots of it. Ayesha has reached a dead-end in her marriage and she wants out. Her parents though will not hear of it; their logic being, that once Ayesha stops running behind her career, she can focus on making babies with Manav. Kabir falls head-over-heels for a dancer named Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma), disregarding his parents’ attempt to fix him up with their friend’s daughter. Farhan Akhtar makes a special entry as Sunny Gill during the latter-half of the movie, wherein he plays the role of Ayesha’s ex-lover. He mocks at the social habits of the rich, while harbouring romantic feelings for Ayesha who belongs to the very community he keeps poking fun at. Comedy prevails when misunderstandings take place, with witty dialogues and verbal riff-raff adding to the otherwise dull high-society humour.
DDD does not have much of a storyline, yet it communicates to the audience. One is made to sympathise with the odd Mehras and their friends; viewers are able to recognise the air of hypocrisy prevailing amongst the characters, and are forced to apply it to their everyday lives due to Zoya Akhtar’s directorial skill of narrating stories which go beyond cinema-screens. After a point of time, the audience begin to understand that they are laughing at themselves and not at the protagonists onscreen. There are slow moments in the film when nothing seems to be happening, except for pointless conversation between the characters. The first-half of the movie is filled with dialogue-based humour which also carries the story forward. The verbal-spats between the Mehras are well scripted and acted out. The acting by the entire star-cast is impeccable, but Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, and Priyanka Chopra, definitely steal the show away. Anushka Sharma’s character seems to resemble that of Katrina Kaif in ZNMD. Unfortunately the second-half drags onwards to a much hurried conclusion. The climax and the fall of events are terribly executed, leaving the viewers disappointed. The songs are above-average, with Pehli Baar, Gallan Goodiyan, and the title track, deserving special mention. Gallan Goodiyan especially adds some special desi flavour, with the song resembling typical big fat Indian gatherings. The musical scores fit well within the movie, but they may not appeal to iPod fanatics who download songs based on the ‘feel’ of the music. The cinematography captures the beauty of Turkiye well, although it does not attempt to show us the ‘magic’ which seems to captivate the character of Farah Ali, and which she describes to Kabir Mehra. Special mention has to be given to Zoya for taking care of the intricate details within each frame of the movie, such as the fluffiness of the velvet sofa cushions, and the dazzling array of resort-wear designed for the actors. They all add to the mise-en-scene of the high-life. A special character to watch out for is an adorable bullmastiff called Pluto Mehra, who puts all the good-looking actors to shame.
If the lazy summer days are boring people out, DDD will definitely provide some refreshing entertainment for the entire family.
I will give this 3 out of 5 stars.
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