Friday, 18 July 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania - - Humpty dumpty set on our heart!!!

Directed by debutant Shashank Khaitan, the film wears its obsession with 'DDLJ' like a badge of honor, and offers a cheeky spin on that enduring love story.
Dilli boy Rakesh Sharma (Humpty), still stuck with the nickname that he acquired when he was a fat kid, meets feisty girl Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) when she's in town shopping for her marriage to an NRI doctor of her father's picking. The couple falls in love and sleeps together before she heads back home. Sadly this important scene was in trailers, but to keep it alive Khaitan never treats this as a major plot point or a 'big moment', merely a natural progression of their love. Finally!! Hindi cinema growing up! Both fall in love, and as they gradually do their rat-a-tat exchanges and easy-going chemistry makes the film's first hour a breezy enough entertainer.
The second half revisits all the usual clichs including the stubborn father who must be won over, the womenfolk who sympathize with the poor girl's situation but can't do much to change the patriarch's mind, and in a nice twist from Parmeet Sethi's bawdy groom-to-be, an impossibly perfect spousal candidate. All these usual drama is interestingly interspersed with a sizeable helping of humor, and the presence of Humpty's two best friends Shonty and Poplu who liven up the proceedings.





Alia has a livewire presence, literally lighting up the screen when she's in the frame. But it's Varun who has the slight edge here, effortlessly pulling off both goofy and genuinely heartfelt. 
'Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania' comes peppered with smart dialogue, and filled with genuine affection for a cinematic blockbuster.
If you are a die hard DDLJ fan and wish to relive the saga of the love story with a touch of modernity and zing added to it, just go for it!!
I had my share of fun and this weekend I m'gonna "Saturday! Saturday!" Happy weekend!!

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