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Movie review: ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ Gives Relief from Routines

Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra;

Director: Sharat Kataria;

Rating: ****

Dum laga ke haisha poster

Dum laga ke haisha poster


Set in the early 90s, Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmanm Khurana) from Haridwar, who runs a music library and spends most of his time in listening to Kumar Sanu is married to over-weight girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) against his wishes.

While the beginning may remind us of many such films in the past, this one is a constant entertainer throughout with twists and turns keeping the story on fast track. Right from their sordid separation on the first night to their separation and later seeking divorce in the court take most of the story running.

When the court asks them to give another 6 months as a last shot to their marriage and how things change from mere disaffection to love and life. It can give the selfie-hooked generation a new lesson to learn in life.

Ayushmann Khurana proved that he is talented while Bhumi Pednekar has done extremely well in the film with comedy not overdone like other films. An entertainer, it should take off over the weekend and through word of mouth in a Khan-dominated and publicity-centric Bollywood.

Director Sharat Katariya has done excellent job to bring unrealistic story-line into Bollywood that too when such stories are replete with examples in regional films too.

He recently said he got the idea from a poster about an unusual and weird sport with the ’90s nostalgia. Dum Laga Ke Haisha poster above reflects the inspiration from similar sport played out in Europe.

“I got the idea from a poster about unusual sports and one of them was wife-carrying competition. I thought it would be interesting if the husband was thin while the wife was on the heavier side. Some how, the thought stayed with me,” Sharat said.

The film has come out exactly the same way the director wanted and it should do well at the box office gradually, if not overnight.

Early reports said the set occupancy in theatres  is about 50% and is expected to grow in the weekend. With no strong rival, the film should make its own way to good box office collections.



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