• It’s easy and breezy, and packed with terrific actors who appear to be enjoying themselves.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen


    Despite its flaws, I find myself looking back at Dil Dhadakne Do and smiling.
    Dil Dhadakne Do translates to let the heart beat.

    The heart, it wants what it wants, and that’s all very well, especially if it wants the kind of watery climaxes where hugs solve everything.

    But ah, how I wish this film hadn’t gone doggystyle.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    What doesn’t work so well is the pacing in the first half. The set-up takes too long. A voiceover, amusing at first, starts to grate because it’s over-used. I also wished that the depth in the writing had extended to the characters of Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma. Both are charismatic, capable actors, but their parts are under-written. So be prepared to get restless in the first hour, but once Dil Dhadakne Do gathers momentum, it will force you to care about this frustrating, flawed family.

  • Srijana Mitra Das
    Srijana Mitra Das
    Times Of India


    Dil Dhadakne Do goes behind the glossy grins of Indian family life, presenting screaming, sobbing dysfunction, heart-ripping extramarital affairs, bitter gender discrimination and heavy parental control. Yet, it has a light hand, not preachy but breezy while sensitively making modern points.

  • …is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is a high society drama that may tackle regular family issues too but may not suffice as entertainment for all. I am going with a 3/5 for this niche family drama.

  • …if you want to understand the nitty-gritty’s (read ‘the do’s and don’ts) 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.

  • And that’s the other reason, I like Zoya’s films – you feel inspired to live the life you want to live and not the one you are supposed to. Average is not good enough, you want to break the boundaries and aspire for more. Some of us are okay to make do with mediocrity, some of us put a limit on happiness, some of us are scared to let go. Life is short – we have to live every moment. We have to invest in the relationships that matter and learn to let go of the ones that don’t. Essentially we have to stay real and make it count – let this Dil Dhadakne Do.

  • Troy Ribeiro
    Troy Ribeiro
    Deccan Herald


    With a run time of nearly three hours, the pace of the film is slow, but it’s entertaining!

  • … may not find its audience with the typical, commercial, Bollywood masala filmgoers, but with the metros and the urban crowd, it’s sure to be a monster hit.

    Go on, let your heart beat!

  • Prateeksha Khot
    Prateeksha Khot


    …manages to state a point which many Indian kids struggle to explain to their parents – that every relation in addition to love also needs space to grow. In spite of the faults, DDD will definitely manage to bring a smile to your face when you walk out of the theatre. Do watch.

  • If this film looks like an entertaining, escapist film at the outset, it is, but it is also much deeper than that. Watch it for sure.

  • Subhash K Jha
    Subhash K Jha


    … is a film that could have been noisy messy and crowded. It ends up being just the opposite .

    As Aamir Khan would say for the Mehras’ canine Pluto, “Bow wow!”

    Yup, we bow to the wow.

  • Piyush Chopra
    Piyush Chopra


    …might be a flawed family comedy-drama, but the flawed family at its center is so relatable and the issues that it confronts are so relevant, that the film will end up being a fond if bittersweet memory.

  • It’s the kind of film that makes you discuss a lot—as you can tell! I will watch it on TV again. As you must watch it in the theatre,once, for sure.

  • We say go watch ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ for understanding this dysfunctional Punjabi family but in a larger-than-life cruise ship along with little dog Pluto, who has a surprise to offer when you ‘hear’ him out. No, I am not letting the cat out! Let your ‘dil’ beat a little harder for the Mehras.

  • IndiaGlitz
    India Glitz


    …is a gorgeously shot overstuffed eager to please family drama that excels more in acting and less on story and storytelling.

  • Ultimately the film is about everyone having their hearts set on different things, and allowing for a space where everyone’s wishes thrive. Despite the few flaws, the film boasts of a robust heartbeat. Worth your time!

  • As a positive, Dil Dhadakne Do is very aware that it isn’t digging too deep. Making a judgment call that the glimpse is enough to give the audience an idea of what life is like if you are in the top 1% of the population – financially. It’s wears its cynical take on its sleeve by making you laugh a hearty laugh in some really dark situation – a bit of a surprise from a film posing as a “feel good” one.

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    Those hoping for a cruise package at the cost of a movie ticket will be a bit disappointed as the indoor shots exceed the ones under the sun. But from what we get to see, chances are, this one could do for Istanbul what Dil Chahta Hai did for Goa.

  • The dialogues are punchy and do raise laughter most of the time. But as far as the story goes, the dysfunctional Mehras sail up to a predictable conclusion. It was slightly disappointing that Akhtar would succumb to a typical Bollywood dramatic climax. And even though it does not drag, the film could have picked up pace overall.

  • Murtaza Ali Khan
    Murtaza Ali Khan


    …certainly lacks a universal appeal, and while it will best be appreciated by the Anglophone urban audience, anyone who is not particularly uninterested in rich people’s problems can afford to give it a try.

  • This high society family drama where there is no place for emotions is super entertaining and is a must watch. A high energy movie that should not be missed, so book your tickets fast!

  • …is great timepass, 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.