Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review

Friday, February 27, 2015
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Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Rajeev Masand Site:RajeevMasand
Dum Laga Ke Haisha sucks you into its world with well-etched characters, beautiful cinematography, perfectly detailed production design, and a host of fine actors – including Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, and Sheeba Chaddha – who add to the film’s authenticity. Music plays an important role too, as highlighted in one lovely scene where Prem and Sandhya switch between popular Hindi film numbers on the transistor to convey their respective moods. Anu Malik and lyricisit Varun Grover deliver some winning tracks, nicely rendered by Kumar Sanu, who isn’t merely a reference in the film but whose presence hangs over the picture throughout.Simple and breezy, while at the same time evocative of life in small-town India, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a charming film that you really shouldn’t miss. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five.
Rating:3/5 Review By:Bollywood Hungama Site:Bollywood Hungama
Even though this is director Sharat Katariya's second film (the first one being the forgettable (10 ML LOVE), his directorial spark shines throughout the film. One has to appreciate and applaud him for paying heed to even the minutest of the detailing that has gone behind every character. However the story of the film leaves a lot to be desired. Sharat, who seems very confident with the camera and its angles, is definitely one name to watch out for in the days to come. Even though the film has its 'could-have-been-better' moments, the film scores on the director's ability to extract performances from the star cast. The only problem, however, is that the film starts lagging in places, which could have been taken care on the editing table.
Rating:3/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site:Rediff
Sharat Katariya’s film, however, is beautifully seasoned, with utterly fabulous detailing: a community wedding featuring rows and rows of scarlet brides dressed like thalis at a Jagran; a morse-code like frugal missed-call based moneysaver (two-rings-for-this, one-ring-for-this); pastries handed out instead of birthday cake, and -- most critically -- the shakha Prem attends.

The Shakha, the local branch of the right-wing nuts, is a fascist group, the type of thing Roderick Spode ran in Wodehouse’s The Code Of The Woosters: Spode’s boys where called The Black Shorts, and included the measurement of male knees in its manifesto. Prem is the member of that very kind of wooly-headed organisation where grown men walk around in half-pants, and that’s what, we assume,shall define him somewhat.
Rating:/5 Review By:Mihir Fadnavis Site:Firstpost
Eeveryone in the movie needs to make way for Bhumi Pednekar. Placing the central focus on an overweight lady is unconventional enough to begin with, and Pednekar meets the challenge by owning every moment. Whether it’s the shy grin of a new bride, her suhaag raat nervousness, the crumbling smile of rejection, or sheer fury, Pednekar never comes across as anything but genuine. It’s as though she isn’t playing that character – she is that character. This has to be the most memorable leading lady debuts in recent history. Director Katariya keeps things very simple, yet entertaining and relatable. If you’ve had first hand experience with a situation like the one in which the film’s lead couple find themselves, they’ll find enough to appreciate in Dum Laga Ke Haisha. For the rest, it’s a chance to revisit a lost decade and revive our interest in Yash Raj Films. It’s good to know that the production house that brings us over-the-top spectacles like the Dhoom films can make something small, hilarious and straight from the heart.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Ayushmann Khurana sheds the period attire of the disastrous Hawaizaada to play another laggard at odds with the expectations of the world. But here, he is not only far more convincing, he is also brilliant in the way he fleshes out the clueless boy-next-door who discovers that he need not always play by rules set by others. But the biggest source of the power of this film is debutante Bhumi Pednekar, the oversized lead actress who is both pretty and talented. She fills every frame with warmth and depth. Dum Laga Ke Haisha wouldn't, however, be the film it is without its secondary characters and the actors who play them. YRF hasn't produced a better film in years. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is more than just a must-watch. It should to be held up as an example of what a mainstream Bollywood banner can achieve when it lends its clout to an out-of-the-box idea executed by a director who clearly knows his onions better than most in the business today.
Rating:4.5/5 Review By:Akshata Shetty Site:India.com
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is simple, fun, entertaining, nostalgic and more so a complete paisa vasool film. It not only entertains the masses but also gives you a lesson that ‘you don’t need to be perfect to be loved’. The filmmakers have perfectly worked on the scientific terminology of “Opposites Attract”. If you are looking for some refreshment this weekend, then Dum Laga Ke Haisha must be on the top of your platter.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Prarthna Sarkar Site:IB Times
Performances were stellar, and it couldn't get better when Sanjay Mishra played the overbearing father to Prem to perfection and Seema Pahwa essayed the over-worried mother, whose only wish is to get her daughter's sex life rolling, with effortless ease. Ayushmann redeemed himself with the honest performance, while Bhumi is one brilliant find by YRF.A film like this was never too far for someone who has worked closely with Rajat Kapoor ("Raghu Romeo"), Rituparno Ghosh (dialogue writer for "Sunglass") and the likes. He might have started out as an assistant director, but along the way he was wise enough to pick up the little details, which make for a real and happy film. Short, sweet and frill-free, Sharat's film is a must-watch. And honestly, love does come in all sizes.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Aparna Mudi Site:Zee News
This movie is a feel good package and a must watch for those born in the 80s and the 90s simply to relive the decade. For those who are not, go for the performances. It is rare that a Bollywood movie makes you all warm, fuzzy and gooey from the inside – the experience is a must for those who love cinema.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
Ayushmann Khurrana does a good job as the ‘chota shehari’ Kumar Sanu fan who learns to dust off the cobwebs in his mind, and to apologise to the woman he has hurt : it takes courage to play this not very likeable character without demanding sympathy from us. The triumph of the film is Sandhya, beautifully played by Bhumi Pednekar, the overweight girl burdened by not just by her size, but by the lingering awareness that love could, heartbreakingly, be out of her reach.I’m humming its lovely song, ‘Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’, written by lyricist Varun Grover: the words are better than the tune, and they fit right into the movie. Because what else remains, other than these threads of affection? Dum hai.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
Khurrana gets the tone of this smothered, vexed but essentially vulnerable chap just right. In trying not to play hero, he becomes one. His co-star and Yash Raj Films’ latest discovery Bhumi Pednekar is quite a find. Nicely done for a brand that kick started the size zero trend, YRF. Dum Laga Ke Haisha banks on Bhumi to make her character accessible enough to relate yet spirited enough to inspire. The newcomer doesn’t let you down and renders Sandhya worth rooting for, racing for. If her feisty side tackles her new home singlehandedly, the incorrigible romantic cannot resist catching fond glimpses of her grumpy husband from the corner of the eye. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is subtle in the nostalgia it invokes, it has to be; the characters are living in the moment not basking in its influence. Watch this film and relive it with them.
Rating:3/5 Review By:Rohit Khilnani Site:India Today
DLKH is very well written and well shot as well. It also has the right amount of humor to keep you entertained. Both Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar have performed extremely well. Music of the film could have been better and the film could have been slightly more pacy. Nevertheless what's important is that Dum Laga Ke Haisha is different and it will make you smile.
Rating:/5 Review By:Anuj Kumar Site:The Hindu
After a promising start, Ayushmann finally picks the right vehicle to harness his talent. He embraces the diction and body language of Prem, a manchild who is finding it hard to come out from under his father’s shadow. But it is Bhoomi who is literally the force behind this vehicle. With no baggage of expectations, she expresses herself without any affectations. There is no space for make believe when she is on screen and as Sandhya she lifts the romance to a relatable level.
Rating:2.5/5 Review By:Mohar Basu Site:Times Of India
The actors, however, deliver redeeming performances. For a debutante, Pednekar is surprisingly confident. Khurrana, is the best he has been since his launch venture. Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa are at the top of their game. But in the end, it isn't extraordinary, failing to rise above the idea that a fat girl needs some schmuck to complete her life. Undeniably, the smarts are visible in its original thinking but it doesn't translate into a satiating viewing experience.
Rating:3.5/5 Review By:Rummana Ahmed Site:Yahoo
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a fun watch. What is in fact commendable is that a banner like Yash Raj Films has put its weight behind a project like this one. We always associate YRF with foreign locales, snowcapped mountains and chiffon-clad heroines – basically slick productions where everything looks perfect. It is heartwarming to see a relatable story with characters you can identify with.
Rating:4/5 Review By:Subhash K Jha
Brilliantly shot in musty rusted shades of renewable decadence DLKH brings back the quaint endearing romance of Basu Chatterjee’s cinema . The slender story of a newly married couple struggling to find a common ground in a crowded stifling low middleclass family is reminiscent of Basuda’s Piya Ka Ghar and of course Sara Akaash. The rather self-conscious finale is sadly a cinematic necessity that happily, doesn’t take away from the film’s utterly unselfconscious weightless debate on marriages being made in heaven or hell.
What works forcefully in the film’s favour is its disarming simplicity. Debutant director Sharat Katariya is a diligent steadfast storyteller. His eye for visual detail(inherited from his guru Rajat Kapoor) goes a long way in making the character’s appear larger than their strife.
Khurrana totally transforms into Haridwar’s Sanu fame thumb-controlled by a father who slips condoms into Sunny-Boy’s hands on his suhaag raat reminding him that they can’t afford to expand their family at the moment. Debutant Bhumi Pedneker plays the overweight bride with a breezy confidence that gives a wazan to her performance. She is a prized find.


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