Critics’ Verdict: ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ Is Good But Not Great

Read up what the critics are saying about this week’s big release ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’

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A still from <i>Dil Dhadakne Do</i>

Excerpts From Reviews Of Dil Dhadakne Do

A lot of what Akhtar says in the movie is extremely relatable, but DDD suffers from trying to do too many things during it’s massive 170 minute run time. Even though Dil Dhadakne Do may be a bumpy ride, there are enough laughs and genuine moments that don’t make you regret taking the journey.
– Aniruddha Guha (Dedh Minute Review)

There’s actually tremendous scope here for a cruel family farce at the heart of this multi-strand narrative. But Akhtar weighs on the side of kindness to ensure that every emotional hurdle is low enough to be easily crossed. For all its efforts, Dil Dhadakne Do doesn’t have one standout sequence that lays bare the nastiness that fester in some families. The Mehras are mildly troubled rather than seriously dysfunctional.
Nandini Ramnath (

...this 170-minute long film set on a cruise ship moves as slowly as a rowboat in the Pacific Ocean. The pace picks up in the second half, but by then you may already be wondering why you should care about any of the beautiful people holidaying in Turkey. For those who like the glossy world of fiction that was Akhtar’s terrain in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do may be just the lavish fix you want. If you’re a fan of Luck By Chance, however, you may find yourself shedding a tear as you long for the director who so skilfully blended wickedness, style and insight into a heady, charming mix.
– Deepanjana Pal (

Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do is a film that has its heart in the right place but its beats are terribly irregular. It is an overly caramelised and flaky dysfunctional family drama that strives - and fails - to strike a balance between the sly and the syrupy. Hindi cinema history has seen one big film about “loving your parents”. Dil Dhadakne Do is about “hating your parents” and in the process compelling them to change their ways. Yawn! Dil Dhadakne Do is a snoozefest and a surefire cure for insomnia.
– Saibal Chatterjee (

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