When the trailer of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ came out, it definitely looked quirky and intriguing enough to draw attention. But what surely came as a surprise was that without too many promotions and hype, this Yash Raj production was out in the theatres.
We went to watch it thinking that this might be another funny cum sad story where the conventionally good looking Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana) would get married to an overweight girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) and they will just eventually accept each other. But we were completely wrong. Even though the movie reminded of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in some parts with the narrow streets and a mismatched couple, it unfolds in a tale that moves closer to reality and fonder to your heart.
The movie is set up in 1995, where a submissive 10th fail boy-next-door Prem, who lives in Haridwar, is forcefully married to rotund Sandhya because she is far more educated than him and an ideal future bread earner for the family. Conflicts arise when Prem realises that this is not what he deserves, and becomes a rebel which compels Sandhya to file for divorce. When the court orders them to give 6 more months to their marriage, they aren’t left with any option. Will they survive this? Watch it to find out.
What makes the movie so special and different is the pragmatic nostalgia of 90s with audio cassettes, old libraries, printed pullovers, Kumar Sanu’s voice and a shop playing Shahrukh Khan’s Darr in a scene. It is their super dramatic families and the refined actors which make the movie funny and adorable at the same time. The innocent chemistry between Prem and Sandhya is very well mixed with tasteful humour like the scene where they express their spiteful feelings by switching Hindi film songs on the transistor one after another.
Ayushmann Khurrana finally steps out of ‘Vicky Donor’ avatar, leaves his comfort zone behind and delivers a performance that justifies his talent and essence in Hindi cinema. But what truly stole our hearts was the newbie Bhumi Pednekar aka Sandhya, who shows no sign of self pity because of her weight and is a woman who is clear headed and ready to fight for what’s hers to have in society.
The direction by Sharat Katariya is smooth, could have been more fast-paced in the second half, timings are flawless, music is a mix of soothing numbers like Papon’s with a funny twist like Sunder Susheel and Kumar Sanu’s Dard Karaara is truly an ode to the 90s !!
Watch it if you are a fan of 90s and need a break from the conventional cinema.