Dil Dhadakne Do
U/A; Comedy/Drama
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah, Anil Kapoor, Rahul Bose
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Rating: Four stars

Even while holding our hands to take us through some of the most interesting parts of the world, Zoya sometimes subtly and at times with a bulldozer aggression drives home certain bitter truths typical of most Indian families, but those we choose to avert our collective gazes from.

Reema and Zoya give us a story of a dysfunctional, Mehra family, but it hits so close to home that it could easily be yours and mine. Father Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is a boastful, self-made, self-obsessed man, mother neelam is the typical suffering wife, who likes to sweep everything under the carpet to keep up the pretension of a happy family. Their spunky, smart daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) chafes and suffers under the preferential treatment doled out to the son Kabir (Ranvir Singh), who is forced to follow life path that his father has chosen for him.

Then there is the pet of the family, Pluto Mehra. Ayesha is married to Manav (Rahul Bose), who is outwardly modern but belying a typical patriarchal mindset, when you scratch the surface. The family lives in a ‘blissfully happy’ bubble till a cruise trip along with friends, to celebrate the Mehra’s 30th wedding anniversary starts unravelling certain twisted and uncomfortable emotional knots. It is on this cruise that Kabir meets a girl Farah (Anushka Sharma) he falls in love with and Ayesha meets her long lost best friend, Sunny (Farhan Akhtar),



Anil Kapoor gets into Kamal Mehra’s role so well that it is impossible to imagine any other actor in the role. Shefali Shah excels, especially in those few crucial, sensitive moments. But the film truly belongs to Priyanka and Ranvir. These two blazing talents are magical when they come together sharing what perhaps could be one of the best sibling chemistry in Hindi films. Even though the duo gets maximum screen time, you want to see more of them. Anushka, Rahul and Farhan give good support.

It is to Zoya’s credit that she gives each and every one of the large assemble cast, which includes newcomer Riddhima Suri, Zarina Wahab, a well thought of character sketch. While the dialogues (written by Farhan Akhtar) are mostly delightful and keeps the humour quotient going, at times it gets a bit forced and repetitive. The cruise takes us to some of the most scenic places, which includes glimpses of Turkey, France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy. But more importantly, it also takes us to a journey within, as it raises the mirror to the hypocrisies and double standards that we have either been propagating or suffering in silence in Indian families.


If this film looks like an entertaining, escapist film at the outset, it is, but it is also much deeper than that. Watch it for sure.

Also see: Six reasons to fall in love with 'Dil Dhadakne Do'

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