Dil Dhadakne Do, which literally means ‘Let the Heart Beat’, has failed to evoke similar response from the audience on its first day of release going by the round-up of film reviews and ongoing tweets from the viewers.
Directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the film casts Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar surrounding a bankrupt Punjabi businessman on a ship cruise with family and friends to change their destiny.
Anil Kapoor as Kamal Mehra
Shefali Shah as Neelam Mehra
Priyanka Chopra as Ayesha Mehra
Ranveer Singh as Kabir Mehra
Anushka Sharma as Farah Ali
Farhan Akhtar as Sunny Gill
Aamir Khan as Pluto Mehra (voice)
Rahul Bose as Manav
Zarina Wahab as Manav’s mother
Ridhima Sud as Nuri
Parmeet Sethi as Nuri’s father
After her 2011 film “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”, Zoya was keen to work on the original story that came from the brother and sister relationship reflecting herself and her brother Farhan Akhtar. However, the original cast of Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif proved too difficult for her to get, shifting the focus on others, compromising on the star value of the film, which may turn success or failure depending solely on the story value today.
The shooting of the film on a Cruise Liner Deck 7 in France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy for a month before landing in Turkey and returning home to Mumbai was quite a tedious schedule for Zoya, who is upbeat that the story certainly sells in Bollywood.
However reviews today in the media reflect a different tone. Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India writes: “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”.
Bollywood Hungama, giving the film a modest score of 3.5 out of 5 stars, said Zoya was good in direction and the film was entirely her make.
Mumbai Mirror gave the film a 4 star in its review by critic Kunal Guha who compared Zoya with Woody Allen and Wes Anderson from the Hollywood. Guha was more impressed by Ranveer Singh’s performance in the film.
Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times, however, climbed down on the film giving it merely 2 stars out of 4, saying, “there is hardly any takeaway from Dil Dhadakne Do and its characters are not likely to stay with you for long”.
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV was equally unimpressed with the film terming it “an overly caramelised and flaky dysfunctional family drama that strives – and fails – to strike a balance between the sly and the syrupy”.