Reviewed by Madhukar KR (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dum Laga ke Haisha is one among the honestly made films surprisingly by one of the biggest film production companies in the country – Yash Raj Films who are often known to churn out over the top, grandiose, blockbuster films targeting box office numbers. Having that being said, Yash Raj films have also been a launch pad for several newcomers as well in recent times. All credit to them for choosing an off beat rom-com script which has its soul intact in its screenplay.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha wins your heart in more than one ways for its cute portrayal of an odd couple & the relationship between a newly wed husband & wife. The film is set in the 90s era (1995) which transports you back to the older times when audio & video cassette tapes were still around & audio compact discs were just beginning to knock the doors.
The film reminds you of the 90s melodious sound tracks when Kumar Sanu was at the peak of his career. The film is indeed a sort of a tribute to Kumar Sanu which is highlighted by the theme signature song of the title credit YRF logo plays a Kumar Sanu track in place of the usual Lata Mangeshkar voice.Kumar Sanu even appears in a cameo role for the film.
The film is set in Haridwar which sets a distinct tone to the film to show that modernization has not yet set in during the 90s as yet.
The film is narrated by the lead character Prem(Ayushmaan Khurrana) who is a die hard fan of Kumar Sanu. He is of age 25 something who is a matriculate failed student working in his father’s cassette shop. He records the melodious sound tracks of Kumar Sanu often listening to them in isolation. He is forced to marry a well educated B’Ed girl Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) who is a teacher by profession by his dominating but caring father very well played by senior actor Sanjay Mishra.
The only issue being that the girl is quite oversized far from being beautiful much to the disliking of Prem. Even the rather uneducated Prem who does not understand the sensibilities of a marriage does not help the situation much. The issue becomes serious causing a rift between their relationship as Prem is embarrased of having an oversized wife by his side while mingling socially with his family & friends.
The theme of the film in general strikes a chord sweetly with the couples & the movie going family audiences. The film takes you on a nostalgic ride to the 90s era of melodious tunes on tape cassettes. The scene where the mood of the lead actors is portrayed by the songs they play on the cassette player one after the other during one of the scenes will amuse you. The film is filled with flavors of light humor throughout the length of the film. The scene at the court with both the lead pair’s family will have you in splits. The first night scene between Prem & Sandhya is also rather played out in good humor. The climax of the film is well thought out in the form of a competition which reminds you of YRF’s earlier film Rab ne Bana di jodi. Towards the end you will be rooting for the couple to win the competion though it seems far from possible.
The music of the film is hummable & melodious especially the song yeh moha moha ke dhaage which is a fusion of classical & sugam sangeet. The song tumse mile rendered by Kumar Sanu will stay with you even when you leave the film hall.
What does not work
The film might not strike a chord with the younger generation who have been subjected to cheap comedy, over the top action, skin show & mindless potboilers. Hence the film rather stays honest with the theme of the story without deviating from the mood of the film.
The film reinforces the fact that the relationship of husband wife is much more than just physical attraction & that it takes two to tango to strike the right chord to lead a blissful married life. It makes for a must watch film for couples to have a good time this weekend rewinding back to the 90s.
- Ayushmann Khurrana as Prem Prakash Tiwari
- Bhumi Pednekar as Sandhya Verma
- Kumar Sanu as Kumar Sanu (Cameo)
- Sanjay Mishra (actor) as Chandrabhan Tiwari
- Alka Amin as Sashi Tiwari
- Sheeba Chaddha as Nain Tara
- Seema Pahwa as Subhadra Rani
|Directed by||Sharat Katariya|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra