Video: ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ Movie Review, QDekhein
Stutee Ghosh tells you whether Zoya Akhtar’s latest multi-starrer is a breezy watch or a sinking ship.
Zoya Akhtar is the reigning queen of the “feel good” school of film-making. Malnourished kids squatting on dirt roads, unemployed youth frustrated by social injustices and inequality, angry protestors and street agitations are themes that seem light-years away from the universe she usually operates in. It’s a style that she has managed to make her own, lending it with a kind of credibility and authenticity that makes us want to inhabit it for as long as we can. Her previous outing Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara did that brilliantly.
No sooner had we come out of the theatres having revelled in the afterglow of love and friendship did we start daydreaming about holidaying in the scenic beauty of Spain. Naturally the question arises - will Dil Dhadakne Do do for the cruise liner business what ZNMD did for the Spanish tourism Industry?
Things don’t look that promising. DDD opens with a familiar setting - teeming with super good-looking, ultra rich specimens of human evolution. It is a world that comes across as pretty daunting at first glance. In the middle of the maddening crowd are the Mehras.
A middle aged couple (Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah) trying to camouflage their loveless marriage and crumbling business empire by inviting uber rich friends to an extravagant party on a cruise ship, spending 8,000 Euros per family. It’s a world of fake smiles and authentic Louis Vuittons, where relationships are predicated on business deals and monetary gains.
Caught in this whirlwind are the Mehra kids, daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) whose own marriage has shipwrecked and son Kabir (Ranvir Singh) who is trying to wriggle out of a marriage his parents are forcing him into.
What saves DDD are the performances. Anil Kapoor as the hyperventilating, anxiety pill popping dad and Shefali Shah as his sharp tongued, eccentric wife are a treat to watch. Ranvir Singh is effortlessly delightful and Farhan Akhtar has the uncanny ability to melt into his character.
The saboteur on board then has to be the editor. With a duration of 170mins, DDD is long and while Reema Kagti’s writing and Farhan Akhtar and dad Javed Akhtar’s dialogues give us a few precious moments it’s not enough to save the whole film.
Add to this Shankar Ehsaan Loy’s utterly mediocre music score and we are staring at a long winded, incoherent tale of too many sub – plots and hidden themes. It’s tragic that DDD takes a long time to come to the point and when it finally does, the conflicts are resolved in the most outlandish way possible.
The rather unnecessary melodramatic end is what has compelled me to give it 2.5 QUINTS out of 5. Dil Dhadakne Do is heartbreakingly average. Supremely gorgeous but excruciatingly dumb!
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