Movie Review: Dil Dhadakne Do

Recently, I watched a movie titled Dil Dhadakne Do directed by Zoya Akhtar who also directed the blockbuster movie Zindagi na Milegi Dobara.

The Cast:

Anil Kapoor as Kamal Mehra, the overpowering head of the family.

Shefali Shah as Neelam Mehra, a woman, who doesn’t share her opinions with anyone.

Priyanka Chopra as Ayesha Mehra, a headstrong girl, who is stuck in an awkward marriage.

Ranveer Singh as Kabir Mehra, a man who falls in love with Farah Ali and has a dream of becoming a pilot.

The Supporting Cast:

Farhan Akhtar as Sunny Gill, the son of Kamal’s manager who is still in love with Ayesha.

Anushka Sharma as Farah Ali, a dancer on the cruise, who falls in love with Kabir.

Rahul Bose as Manav Sangha, a pushy man, who is Ayesha’s husband.

 Review:

Dil Dhadakne Do is a story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family who is on a cruise ship for celebrating an anniversary.

First off, Ranveer Singh most definitely was the star of the movie. The way he portrayed his character was very quirky and laughable. Even if he didn’t have any lines in the scene, he would maintain a strong presence. Additionally, you can never go wrong with having Priyanka Chopra as an actress in your movie, as she will never make it worse, only better. Priyanka’s acting was very believable and she looked gorgeous in all of her outfits, however, this might be my biased opinion as I have always liked Priyanka Chopra.

Anil Kapoor played his role in a way that I have never seen him do. He had an extremely effective role and greatly impacted the movie’s plot. And of course, what could be wrong the THE Anil Kapoor;) Shefali Shah, although I have never seen her in a movie, acted amazingly! You could really feel the pain that she was feeling from the distance in her and her husband’s relationship. She also looked beautiful in all her shots.

Anushka Sharma, I felt, could have done more with her role. Her acting had nothing special in it; I just saw her as a woman that Kabir liked. Farhan Akhtar, on the other hand, made a lot out of the little screen time he had. Farhan Akhtar is, of course, a superior actor, and that fact came across in this movie as well. Rahul Bose’s character was interesting. His character seemed pretty static until the end, when he misbehaves and  the pent up anger is seen in him.

The depiction of the script on screen was done very well. I thought this film was appealing to all ages, as there was nothing bad that kids cannot see, or nothing too kid-ish. It was just right. There were a lot of comedic scenes but family drama was also a prominent part of the storyline. The one thing I would change about this movie is the pace. It was a little slow in the first half, but sped up towards the middle and end.

The Music:

Dil Dhadakne Do: Title track which is catchy and upbeat

Gallan Goodiyan: Makes you want to dance and have a party!

Pehli Baar: Simple song but innovative video concept

Girls Like to Swing– Has a lot of beats and is similar to the 60s

So, as you can see, there aren’t that many songs. However, when the songs do appear in the movie, they make sense and go along with the storyline. The number of songs and variety of the songs is just right.

Overall, I would encourage families to go watch this movie together as it is a great family movie. The theme really speaks to all. Hopefully Dil Dhadakne Do does well in the theaters!

Rating: 4 of 5

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Riya Chopra, Movie Enthusiast

 

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