'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' is an ultimately unconventional love story which has convinient performances and an ultimately strong, inventive script which speaks the language of both: the time it's set in, and the time it has been released.
Directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, the story which evolves in around a workless person who gets married to an ambitious, over-weight girl is set in the nineties, when Kishore Kumar was... what Arijit Singh is today. The film is constantly, consistently reflective of the 1990s and the filmmaking style of those days.
But the slow-paced, but rhythmic second half of the film is what makes it a promising feature- you get a poignant, heartfelt and natural love stories where violin doesn't have to be tuned. It also turns an unabashedly underdog idea into a full-bodied championship where couples have to participate, pave way to romance in oodles of mud.
Above anything, watch 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' because in equal parts, its hilarious, brilliant and romantic. It might be one of the top best movies of the year. Everyone involved in the film is going to dazzle. Ideas are truly what makes the film smile unwaveringly through sunshine across the mountains in the setting of Uttarakhand.0November 07, 19
The Film Will Make You Travel To 90s But Still It's Style Of Making Is Modern.Sweet Love Story, Good Screenplay And Good Acting.And A Perfect Convincing Ending.Though It Loses Pace In Between But That's Not A Big Issue.1May 02, 16
'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' directed by Sharat Katariya, is a little feast for eyes for its cinematography and got heart which is generally missing in now-a-days movies.Its realistic approach make it more charming. Bhumi Padnekar acting for a debutant is very genuine and she definitely needs credit for her acting skills, Ayushman's acting is average. I wish i could give it 7.5.0January 16, 16
Take a story, edit the characters, and present it in an easy way through music and subtlety, and you hope to flood the audience and the entertainment industry with a new wave of fresh air. Fortunately, the audiences are clever and kick it into the less-visited stream of mediocre attempts at inventive filmmaking. This film is one such mediocre attempt.
The year is 1995. An ignorant Kumar Sanu fan Prem (Khurrana), who runs his father's audio video shop in Haridwar, finds himself struggling with the threads and aftermath of a forced wedding. Equally ignorant are his family who think that the arrival of an educated girl (Pednekar) in their house would inspire happiness and bring about prosperity. Things get out of hand when Prem openly derides his wife's bulkiness. What follows is a seen-before parade of almost friendly intra- and inter-familial tiffs originating from this hassled marriage.
Then the film uses same old methods for salvaging this implicated complication. As a result, predictability takes over and that fresh air turns stale. Now the setting is fine, where the guy is a 10th-grade failure and the girl a teacher aspirant: perfect source of egos that could wreak havoc. One senses the climax even before the film starts narrating its story, thereby losing its sheen. The expectations that a twist or a story arc would save the play ends in disappointment.
Khurrana is good, but newcomer Pednekar is better. The former is in a different avatar than whatever he was in his previous disaster Hawaizaada (2015). Pednekar acts through her face and is only supported by her portly frame. Supporting cast is brilliant.
Writing is good at parts starting with the collective wedding (samuhik vivah) and ending with a fun game. The no-nonsense narration always comes directly to the point. The short running time is a relief and so is the sporadic family humor that is better than the story itself. The mature setup and characterization further adds into the pleasure. The score sounded plagiarized, but the songs by Anu Malik are good. Welcoming Kumar Sanu to the industry after a long hiatus gives it brownie points. Great camera work captures the drama well while the native language adds to the originality, unlike how it was in PK (2014).
But if there is a best thing about the film, then it is the virtue of the husband who accepts his failures rather coming as a winner.
BOTTOM LINE: The attempt is mediocre narrating a clichéd story, but for the multiple messages that it conveys and a simple storytelling, it is worth a lazy afternoon watch. 5/10.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO
Vulgarity: Mediocre1April 08, 15
Dum Laga Ke Haisha, a film by Sharat Katariya, is a sweet Hindi Romantic Comedy film. The movie deals with the way matrimonial alliances happen in our country. Arranged marriage is arranged to such an extent to accommodate all the arrangements, but the very concept of love misses from the same. Parents decide for their children (which is no wrong) and choose the most ‘suitable’ for them, but it need not be the most suitable alliance. Sharat in this movie Dum Laga Ke Haisha shows the mental agonies of both Prem and Sandhya. The tag line of the movie ‘Love comes in all sizes’ is also very appropriately chosen. I liked the concept of the movie, but I didn’t like certain dialogues which was used to comment upon obese woman as ‘Saandh’, ‘Moti’ etc. But probably the director has tried to capture the mentality of the people.
The movie is set in Hardwar in 1990s. Prem (Ayushman Khurrana), Kumar Sanu’s fan, manages his father Sanjay Mishra’s shop of cassettes and recording. Prem is a school drop-out. He confesses that three things bring tears in his eyes: Exam’s English question paper, his father’s slippers and Kumar Sanu’s melodious voice. His parents convince him to marry Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar, a newbie), who has completed her B.Ed. Family feels that Sandhya can get a teaching job and that can help them financially. The scene is very interesting where the whole family goes to see her in a temple. Prem is reluctant to marry her due to her weight but had to yield to parents when they say that he is also incapable of getting a girl with ‘Juhi-Chawla-level-of-looks’. Prem and Sandhya get married in an elaborate mass wedding ceremony. It is interesting to see the brides dressed up as if for Jagaran.
The journey starts thereafter. It is so difficult for Prem to accept Sandhya the way she is. There are instances, when Prem feels uncomfortable even to go to the market with Sandhya. There are obvious misfits. Sandhya has done her B.Ed and she aspires to be a school teacher whereas Prem, a school drop-out with a laidback body language. Prem is uncomfortable speaking English and so at times he feels inferiority complex as well. Sandhya is a woman of substance, who is comfortable with herself and not ready to accept the jibes of Prem or family just without retorting. She is not worried to speak her mind. Although Sandhya loves Prem and is assertive enough to express herself, she is not able to win over Prem. Both the families are worried about the future of their relationship due to their detached relationship. Lot of events unfold but ultimately Prem and Sandhya participate in Dum Laga ke Haisha competition where the husbands have to carry their wives on their back and run and cross every hurdle.
How the movie progresses? Can Prem find his love in Sandhya? Is Sandhya able to continue the relationship with Prem even at the cost of her self-esteem. Whether the idiom “देर आये दुरुस्त आये” fits for their relationship or not? Is Prem able to accept Sandhya?2March 03, 15
Dum laga ke haisha: Teen cheeje mujhe khush kare bina nhi rehti,one gud story, two gud acting,three gud screenplay...so here is dis 90's nostalgic drama which has all dese ingrediants to flavoured ur entertainment dish...for me,bringing back that era was a +point to the movie..all those tape recorders,cassettes,songs makes u feel great...yes there were flaws and may b for many of us,this would be quite boring bt still it deserves ur pocket atleast one tym...all in all a cute love story...0September 25, 15
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a sweet movie that is bound to entertain with its witty humor and unusual storyline.0May 18, 15