The comedic and the emotionally intense come together in a marvellously effective manner in Yash Raj Films' latest production, the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha'.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha: movie review; Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Alka Amin, Seema Bhargava, Sheeba Chaddha; Director: Sharat Katariya
The comedic and the emotionally intense come together in a marvellously effective manner in Yash Raj Films’ latest production, the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’.
Written and directed by Sharat Katariya, the film deals with people and spaces that are firmly rooted in the real world.
In the end, it delivers an uplifting love story that is as witty as it is warm.
Two diametrically opposite individuals – Haridwar simpleton Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) and independent-minded, overweight girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) – are thrown together by circumstances.
In this unusual battle of the sexes, the dice is loaded heavily in favour of the girl and that, of course, has absolutely nothing to do with her size.
It is just that she is clear in her mind precisely what she wants from life; it is the boy who has plenty of learning left to do.
Most of Prem’s troubles stem from his cantankerous father and his inability to get past class 10. Marriage, and that too with a woman he does not care for, only makes matters worse for him.
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ isn’t the kind of film that is packed with lots of action and dramatic twists and turns. But it runs for well under two hours and does not flag for a moment.
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ derives its strength from the beautifully written and wonderfully acted little moments that are strewn all across. There is hardly a scene in the entire film that seems to run a second longer than it should.
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ alternates between the wryly humorous and the profoundly poignant without taking recourse to obvious and predictable methods.
Its tribute to Hindi film music of the 1990s – articulated through the male protagonist’s love for the voice of Kumar Sanu (who puts in a special appearance as himself) – does not push the film into any stylistic indiscretions.
With a supporting cast that includes the likes of Sanjay Mishra, Seema Bhargava, Alka Amin and Sheeba Chaddha, the film is never starved for genuine acting quality.
Both the lead actors are perfectly cast. Ayushmann Khurrana makes amends for the rather confused star turn in his previous release (Hawaizaada) with a perfectly measured performance.
Debutante Bhumi Pednekar, the most unconventional lead actress ever in the history of YRF, pulls her weight in the film and that goes well beyond the physical sense. She is a delight to watch on the screen.
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, one of the finest films from the YRF stable in a long, long time, is a delightful little gem.