Movie Review: Dil Dhadakne Do
Star Cast: Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah and Rahul Bose
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Dil Dhadakne Do Review – Story/Plot
Dil Dhadakne Do is a perfect example of how when a pertinent, contemporary story meets a stellar star cast and near perfect direction (Zoya Akhtar), it results in a wholesome film good enough to be taken home to mum.
Zoya gathers the dysfunctional Mehras and their equally affluent friends onboard a luxury cruise-liner, and unhurriedly uncovers their imperfect lives.
Father Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is a boastful, self-made, self-obsessed man, mother Neelam is the typical suffering wife, who likes to sweep everything under the carpet to keep up the pretension of a happy family.
Their spunky, smart daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) chafes and suffers under the preferential treatment doled out to the son Kabir (Ranveer Singh), who is forced to follow life path that his father has chosen for him. Then there is the pet of the family, Pluto Mehra.
While the Mehras aren’t very forthcoming initially about disclosing their deep, dark secrets, and ironing out their indifferences, it’s their pet dog Pluto who lets us in on their troubles.
Ayesha is married to Manav (Rahul Bose), who is outwardly modern but belying a typical patriarchal mindset, when you scratch the surface. The family lives in a ‘blissfully happy’ bubble till a cruise trip along with friends, to celebrate the Mehra’s 30th wedding anniversary starts unravelling certain twisted and uncomfortable emotional knots. It is on this cruise that Kabir meets a girl Farah (Anushka Sharma) he falls in love with and Ayesha meets her long lost best friend, Sunny (Farhan Akhtar).
Much like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, Zoya uses a spectacular canvas to tell her story, and employs Carlos Catalan to frame them charmingly, and friend-and-filmmaker Reema Kagti to co-author the story. There’s Istanbul in all its glory, but it’s never allowed to overshadow the Mehras or their misadventures.
Brother and sister, played by Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra are the actual protagonists of the film. Not every day that you get brother and sister as the hero and heroine in a Hindi film.
Ranveer Singh is quite literally the heart and soul of DDD. His comic timing, his sense of aloofness make his character memorable. He’s looking good, in top form and he’s 100 per cent authentic to his character portrayal. This film also proves that Ranveer can have great chemistry with a wooden cupboard. Thankfully, he has the talented Anushka Sharma to play off. Together, they look stunning and their romance is top notch. Anushka is faultless in her supporting character.
The more complex role is handled by Priyanka Chopra. Her portrayal of Ayesha is testament to her talent. She displays versatility in her performance. Her character goes from being helpless to being nervously independent. It’s a great graph and Priyanka nails it like a champ.
Anil Kapoor is a proven acting legend and he just displays a range that could inspire a thousand new actors to take up the vocation. Shefali too shines in a more restrained and quiet way. Farhan Akhtar makes a late entry but manages a decent impact in a small role. Rahul Bose though, plays his character of part schmuck and part misguided husband with great effect. Believe it or not, Aamir Khan has a surprising and very fun role in DDD as well.
Together they create an interesting world, one that’s fun, complicated and interesting to explore.
Apart from the spectacular performances and stunning locations ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ has its moments of fun, laughter, drama, tears and romance making it a must watch!