'Dil Dhadakne Do'
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah, Rahul Bose
'Dil Dhadakne Do' poster
This is a classic example of how when a pertinent, contemporary story (Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar) meets a stellar star cast and near perfect direction (Zoya Akhtar), it results in a wholesome film good enough to be taken home to mum.
Even while holding our hands to take us through some of the most interesting parts of the world, Zoya Akhtar sometimes subtly and at times with a bulldozer aggression drives home certain bitter truths typical of most Indian families, but those we choose to avert our collective gazes from.
Reema and Zoya give us a story of a dysfunctional, Mehra family, but it hits so close to home that it could easily be yours and mine. Father Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is a boastful, self-made, self-obsessed man, mother Neelam is the typical suffering wife, who likes to sweep everything under the carpet to keep up the pretension of a happy family.
Their spunky, smart daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) chafes and suffers under the preferential treatment doled out to the son Kabir (Ranveer Singh), who is forced to follow life path that his father has chosen for him. Then there is the pet of the family, Pluto Mehra. Ayesha is married to Manav (Rahul Bose), who is outwardly modern but belying a typical patriarchal mindset, when you scratch the surface. The family lives in a 'blissfully happy' bubble till a cruise trip along with friends, to celebrate the Mehra's 30th wedding anniversary starts unravelling certain twisted and uncomfortable emotional knots. It is on this cruise that Kabir meets a girl Farah (Anushka Sharma) he falls in love with and Ayesha meets her long lost best friend, Sunny (Farhan Akhtar).
Anil Kapoor gets into Kamal Mehra's role so well that it is impossible to imagine any other actor in the role. Shefali Shah excels, especially in those few crucial, sensitive moments. But the film truly belongs to Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh. These two blazing talents are magical when they come together sharing what perhaps could be one of the best sibling chemistry in Hindi films. Even though the duo gets maximum screen time, you want to see more of them. Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose and Farhan Akhtar give good support.
It is to Zoya's credit that she gives each and every one of the large ensemble cast, which includes newcomer Ridhima Sud, Zarina Wahab, a well thought of character sketch.
While the dialogues (written by Farhan Akhtar) are mostly delightful and keeps the humour quotient going, at times it gets a bit forced and repetitive.
The cruise takes us to some of the most scenic places, which includes glimpses of Turkey, France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy. But more importantly, it also takes us to a journey within, as it raises the mirror to the hypocrisies and double standards that we have either been propagating or suffering in silence in Indian families.
If this film looks like an entertaining, escapist film at the outset, it is, but it is also much deeper than that. Watch it for sure.
Bollywood hails Zoya Akhtar's 'Dil Dhadakne Do'
Zoya Akhtar's multi-starrer 'Dil Dhadakne Do' tugged at the heart strings of celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Riteish Deshmukh who not only praised the performance of the star cast but also urged the talented filmmaker to come out with more such cinematic gems.
Here's what they tweeted:
Amitabh Bachchan: Silences in a film allow the audience to enter the mind of the actor... rare... DDD does that in abundance! Well done Zoya!
Rishi Kapoor: Zoya am so proud! Such a difficult film handled so deftly. A team effort-actors, dp, sound, set, production, Pluto loved it.
Karan Johar: My mother just called to say that #DilDhadakneDo is the best film she has seen in years! You go ZOYA! Can't wait to see it!
Riteish Deshmukh: #DilDhadakneDo is filled with Good Actors and they out perform themselves, @RanveerOfficial how good are you. @priyankachopra simply WOW. The brilliance of @FarOutAkhtar @AnushkaSharma & Shefali's performances makes #DilDhadakaneDo special, an evening well spent, thank u guys
Shabana Azmi: Phone hasn’t stopped buzzing with overwhelming responses since previews of #DilDhadkneDo started. Excited and nervous. Standard reaction!
Pulkit Samrat: #DilDhadakne Do makes u cry laugh feel n think!
Genelia Deshmukh: Loved #DilDhadakaneDo... What a film what performances... Hats off to Zoya Akhtar @ritesh_sid n @FarOutAkhtar for making such a beautiful film.
Arjun Kapoor: I feel on top of the world after watchin #DilDhadakneDo @ritesh_sid pls convince Zoya to make more films more often!
Kunal Kohli: @ritesh_sid @FarOutAkhtar Zoya this is one of your best films. Makes one introspect about ones relationships. Filmmaking at its finest
Neha Dhupia: So much praise for the film, way before it's Friday. Can't wait to watch this gem! Congrats team #DilDhadakaneDo @FarOutAkhtar @priyankachopra.
Abhishek Bachchan: Dil Dhadakne Do is such charming film. Great fun. Well done Zoya. So happy for you. Big love.
Dia Mirza: In love with #ZoyaAkhtar!!! In love with this story. This cast. This team.#DilDhadakaneDo @kagtireema @ritesh_sid @FarOutAkhtar
Preity Zinta: Loved #DilDhadakneDo last night.. Laughed my head off.. All performances were great but @AnilKapoor & @priyankachopra stole the show.. Ting
Shabana Azmi: DDDScript by Reema Zoya seen from a much needed female gaze n dialogue by Farhan Jadu is terrific.am v proud of Zos self assured direction.
Watch the trailer of 'Dil Dhadakne Do'