Dil Dhadakne Do review by Audience and Critics: In the first half of the film Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) at some points, you might find yourself wondering whether director Zoya Akhtar is reinforced an extensive con on their audience.
Although, multi-starer film Dil Dhadakne Do isn’t a fully family drama as it is suggested by its official trailer, but it is a small drop of a horror film too.
When the movie begins, we noted here that our storyteller is a dog named Pluto Mehra. The story sketch is not slight upon Pluto’s character. Pluto is literally a dog; an adorable boxer to be precise, speaking in Aamir Khan’s distinctive voice, delivers little homilies from time to time as the Mehras — Papa (Anil Kapoor), Mama (Shefali Shah), Beta (Ranveer Singh), Beti (Priyanka Chopra) and Damaad (Rahul Bose) and their families and frenemies go sailing into the blue yonder.
In short is what audience will have received with this film ‘Dil Dhakakne Do (DDD)’ is only a high-society hi-jinks on the high and beautiful seas high profile star melody drama.
It is the 30th wedding anniversary of the Mr. Anil Mehra and Mrs. Mehra, and what better than to celebrate other than a communal jaunt on a luxury yatch? And how best to air their problems and neuroses other than over sparkling wine and beauteous foreign vistas?
There are pleasures to be had while vicariously spying on the luxury life. The dinky clothes, the champagne lunches, there is nothing to do because it can lifestyle of rick if-not-very-famous are drool-worthy.
So are the sun-drenched vistas of Istanbul, Zoya’s new Spain (the scene of the film of her previous ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’). Some of the scenes are spikiness in the relationships that are unraveling, very effective, especially the stuff that goes on between the blonde haired, glad eyed, middle aged, Mr Mehra (Anil Kapoor), and the stuffing her face with full of fat and sugar miserable Mrs Mehra (Shefali Shah) bring a real sting to their interactions. It is the best part of this film, and it is not far behind. Where do you go when love has gone?
As the unwilling scion, Ranveer Singh (Kabir mehra), the lovable brat of the Mehra family, that is not the too much tuff character on paper but as an actor lends much-needed charm to a flimsy role with his performance. He’s also got some cracking punch lines, which he delivers with superb dryness. Kabir tames his frantic ness well as he finds himself drawn to a below the decks girl (Anushka Sharma (Farah Ali)) in a decidedly as ‘Titanic’ reference.
Anushka Sharma plays a lead dancer role in a troupe, and is a spirited if familiar presence in the ensemble, which stretches to a bunch of peroxide aunties with a nasty, gossipy tongue, and the ability of turning everything into an extended Punjabi high society-style kitty party, and a young couple (Sud and Massey) who fall for each other right under their disapproving parents’ eye in the most ‘Romeo and Juliet’ manners.
Ranveer Singh also got some cracking punch dialogues, which he delivers with superb dryness. Some of Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) best scenes rely upon Singh’s comedic talent to point out the shallowness of the privileged and the absurd humour that trickles through explosive confrontations.
There is not that much traction between Ms. Mehra (Priyanka Chopra) put-upon, married to a man (Rahul Bose) who clearly likes doormats more than women, and the real love of her life (Farhan Akhtar). Farhan plays as cameo one of us in Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD)- he’s a reporter who writes “depressing” stories, according to one of the characters – and while doing his bit for promoting feminism, he also defends journalists. Dil Dhadakne Do has one impressive Farhan’s ‘MARD’ Akhtar little speech, on how no woman is a man’s possession.
It’s time Priyanka got back to being a little messy: all these not-a-hair-out-place roles are making her constrained. Both Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma, who trails off, are better than the parts written for them.
In the first half of the film DDD the story goes swimmingly with luxry life, drinks-dance all like high profile kitty parties, but soon the smooth sailing is marred by languidness and choppiness: some scenes of the film have rise, some do not ripple. By the second half of the film starts to stretch over the horizon. In all this, my heart developed a big beat for Mr. and Mrs. Mehra, was attentive to Ranveer, skipped a bit for Farhan, and kind of floated over the rest.
Why to watch DDD:
Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD) is quickly reveals itself to be a hipster part of a Sooraj Barjatya films. It is pretty but all are artificial, with a tissue-thin story told through flat characters played by gorgeous and super stars.
Instead of Tuffy and his animal tribe with their ability to receive messages from from idols of Ram and Sita, we have the all-knowing Pluto Mehra. There is a token tomboy, some secret love, a couple of arranged marriages and many song-and-dance situations.
Why not to watch DDD:
If you’re a fan of Farhan Akhtar’s movie like ‘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.
Overall Three stars out of five..