Dil Dhadakne Do, Zoya Akhtar’s latest romcom has been getting mixed reviews from audience all across the globe. Where one chunk of the audience is mesmerized by the visual grandeur and extravaganza of the cruise the other is disappointed at the lousy attempt at story telling.
The film features an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma in key role and Aamir Khan’s voice as Pluto, a dog who is the narrator of the story.
The film revolves around relationships. It narrates a story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family and how they discover love and friendship during a cruise across the Mediterranean.
We have gathered reviews on Dil Dhadakne Do from a number of film critics. Might help you decide if watching this film would be a wise decision or you should rather do something else.
The film’s biggest victory is it’s succinct but firm handling of hypocrisy. By playing out nuances of petty rivalries between society wives, petty competition between business bigwigs & overarching fakeness of marriages.
Where the film falters is its narrative, there are moments where too many layers are playing out simultaneously and have little room to breathe together. This becomes distracting. A few crucial scenes give you a sense of inadequate completion; giving you the feeling of leaving engaging conversation mid way. This film leaves you with a sense of unfinished drama.
Having said that, DDD is great time-pass, and it’s a beautiful, visual story interspersed equally with laughter & introspection. Watch it for the family & the truism of dysfunctional relationships. You will be entertained.
At some point in the first half of Dil Dhadakne Do, you might find yourself wondering whether director Zoya Akhtar is pulling an elaborate con on the audience. Dil Dhadakne Do isn’t a family drama as its trailer suggested, but a horror film. This is a movie about a talking dog whose spirit either possesses bartenders or wanders invisible as a ghost through the human world, and who plays the Mehra family like an expert puppeteer. You’ll realize that you’re seeing things that Pluto can’t have witnessed.
A frustrating film because there are a lot of interesting but unexplored ideas nested in its 170 minutes. It lacks by way of storytelling, it tries to make up with star power. With all the A-listers in its cast, the film is like a celebrity pyjama party.
For those who like the glossy world of fiction that was Akhtar’s terrain in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do may be just the lavish fix you want. If you’re a fan of 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.
The duo of Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti has come up with a story that deals with frivolous and almost non-existent issues. It’s hard to believe that the rich and mighty of the Delhi society are so not connected to the ground realities. And even if they are pretentious and pompous, it’s highly improbable for them to be like this confused lot.
The central thread in itself is philosophically disturbing. Here’s a family where everybody knows everybody’s dark secrets, and they have been fairly quiet about it since the beginning. They seem to believe that this is how it’s supposed to be. It appears that their brains are conditioned by the way they are, and that means absolute approval to the existing patriarchal values. Later, when it comes to personal freedom and making a choice, they keep pretending that they are taking a stand without doing anything about the wrongs already done.
There is hardly any takeaway from Dil Dhadakne Do and its characters are not likely to stay with you for long. Also, it would be hard for you and me to identify with the doubts and troubles of the morally ambiguous Mehra family. However, the film has a good starcast and that can dictate the game at the box office.
Dil Dhadakne Do is a mix of updated Jane Austen, Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd (minus the gay man sub-plot) and Bollywood excess on a super ship that brings out the worst in its passengers. It is an overly caramelised and flaky dysfunctional family drama that strives – and fails – to strike a balance between the sly and the syrupy. Hindi cinema history has seen one big film about “loving your parents”. Dil Dhadakne Do is about “hating your parents” and in the process compelling them to change their ways.
Yawn! Dil Dhadakne Do is a snoozefest and a surefire cure for insomnia.
Zoya has redefined and redesigned the term ‘slice of life’ with this film. Full points to her for having chosen such a vibrant cast who make the audiences believe that all the onscreen characters that they portray are totally relatable.
The exceptionally taut screenplay serves as a topping in the already delicious dessert called Dil Dhadakne Do. Despite the fact that this film definitely qualifies to be a hallmark of a great writer in terms of story-screenplay, it does have its share of drawbacks in the form of its excessive length playing the spoilsport in the film.
The first half of the film is neat and believable, proceedings in the second half moves at such a snail’s pace that it actually starts testing your patience! The film’s climax is totally dramatic (it almost takes the steam out of the full film in a jiffy).
A deserving special mention to the film’s cinematography for having presented some of the breath taking and amazing visuals in the film. The film’s editing gives the film its pace with which the film sails smoothly.
The film is targeted primarily to the multiplex audience and would resonate well with today’s youth. On the other hand, the single screen audiences might find it difficult to comprehend the film’s proceedings.
On the whole, if you want to understand the nitty-gritty’s of a complex family relationship, then, do yourself and your family a favour by taking them to meet the Mehras this weekend. In simple words, Dil Dhadakne Do makes for a decent watch.
Dil Dhadakne Do is redeemed by a rainbow of touching performances. But, the movie could have been much more than a clichéd melodramatic family affair had the makers given greater importance to storytelling than merely trying to accommodate a stellar ensemble cast in the screenplay. Dil Dhadakne Do can be watched for the performances and the scenic locations. This critic, for one, certainly expects more in the creative department from the talented duo of Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.
While Dil Dhadakne Do lacks a universal appeal, and will best be appreciated by the Anglophone urban audience, anyone who is somewhat interested in rich people’s problems can afford to give it a try.