Friday, 11 July 2014

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya :: Movie Review

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is going to be worth your time and money! It's an entertainer in the true sense. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is deconstructed Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayange, the iconic 1995 blockbuster starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The ingredients from the original cult romance are all intact but director Shashank Khaitan has given a modern spin to the classic. Traditionalists may mock at his attempt, while the adventurous ones may embrace his tweaked (read trivialised) version. It’s the cinematic equivalent of de-constructing a faultless Indian curry such as murgh makhani (butter chicken). The entire film is pacy and crisp, the duration is perfect.  The credit goes to Bhatt and Dhawan for injecting life into a love story that has been beautifully told in DDLJ. Varun Dhawan who is just a couple of movies old exudes loads of confidence, charm & is definitely an actor to watch out for.

STORY & SCREENPLAY                                                               ::       The screenplay of this flick that has been penned by Shashank Khaitan is definitely one of the high points of this movie. Although, there is no novelty in the narrative but it has enough heartwarming and rib-tickling moments as well as pun-laden dialogues and witty one-liners to make it an above average fare. Shashank has done really well in sketching the characters which add up to the entertainment quotient. Coming to the storyline, Kavya Pratap Singh [Alia Bhatt], a chirpy, yet feisty girl from Ambala, decides to make a trip to Delhi for her marriage shopping, she meets a young, carefree Delhi lad, Humpty Sharma [Varun Dhawan]. Humpty's father [Kenny Desai] is the owner of a campus bookstore, where Humpty and his two best friends, Shonty [Gaurav Pandey] and Poplu [Sahil Vaid], have grown up together. Kavya is unattainable for Humpty initially, which makes her even more endearing to him. But he is not the one to give up so easily. With some help from his two best friends, he finds out all about her and through an interesting turn of events [including a ploy to save Kavya's friend Gurpreet's marriage], they start growing closer to each other. The more time they spend with each other, their love-hate banter grows, but their chemistry is apparent. They are both different, yet very similar as people. Once Kavya's trip ends, she heads back to Ambala, knowing very well that her father, the very strict, yet loving Mr. Singh [Ashutosh Rana], would never accept her love for Humpty. But even though they both weren't looking for love, love happened. So Humpty, accompanied by his two friends, decides to go get Kavya. That's the beginning of a journey for him that he wouldn't have imagined undertaking even in the wildest of his dreams as there he faces stiff challenge from Angad ( Siddharth Shukla ) who is not only Mr Perfectionist but Kavya's fiancee too.

STARCAST                                                                                        ::          I'll give full marks to the casting director, Jogi for choosing the right starcast. Varun Dhawan does a lovely job and plays Humpty Sharma with all the earnestness at his command. His dialogue delivery in the typical middle-class, Delhi-based Punjabi ‘Romeo’ style, is very endearing. Varun slips into the skin of the character right from the word go and he can definitely prove to be a dark horse. Alia Bhatt shines, delivering a first-rate performance as Kavya. Her dialogue delivery and expressions are simply excellent. Alia Bhatt is charming in the fiesty role of Kavya. Somehow with each film, Alia is getting a better command over her acting skills. If there is anyone in the film who had DDLJ’s intensity, it was Ashutosh Rana. In a caricaturish role, he brings vigor. He plays the character with remarkable ease and understanding. Siddharth Shukla is impressive in his maiden film role. He has screen presence and charisma but his role was needlessly left undefined. Sahil Vaid is wonderful as Poplu and evokes laughter with his antics, acting and facial expressions. Gaurav Pandey also lends admirable support as Shonty. Jaswant Daman (as Kavya’s grandmother), Kenneth Desai (as Humpty’s father), Deepika Amin (as Kavya’s mother), Mahnaz Damania (as Kavya’s sister) and Aditya Sharma (as Kavya’s brother) stand their own, in well-defined roles.

TECHNICAL FINESSE                                                                         ::          The soundtrack for this movie has been composed by Sachin-Jigar & Sharib-Toshi and couple of tracks have already made it to the chartbusters list.  John Stewart Eduri’s background music is of a good standard. Neha Parti Matiyani as the D.O.P. has done a splendid job and captured frames in a vibrant way. The editing by Manan Sagar is real crisp and he has kept the run-time of the movie to 135 minutes which seems just appropriate. Shashank Khaitan has made a real impressive debut as a writer as well as director. As a storyteller, Shashank knows his fundas right and he gives his lead actors a well-knit, cohesive screenplay to peg their acting skills.He has used a simplistic style of direction to match his simple story of matters of the heart, and he deserves distinction marks for that.

CONCLUSION                                                                                          ::     Humpty Sharma along with his Dulhaniya & two bosom pals takes you on a full Paisa Wasool cinematic ride that is laden with crisp humor, new-age romance, Dhansoo Naach-gaana, witty one liners and some senti Rona-Dhona too. So, you'll enjoy this journey with Varun Dhawan in quest of his dulhaniya.

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