106 Min. | Comedy – Drama – Romance | February 2015
IMDB Rating: 8.0
Director: Sharat Katariya
Staring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Mishra, Bhumi Pednekar
Dum Laga Ke Haisha Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a movie that celebrates the unfounding of size and space, and juxtaposes it against the flight of ambitions in a detailed, layered, yet breezy romance that acts as both a social commentary, as well as a mainstream romantic comedy. A narrow by-lane in Haridwar leads to a narrow minded class ten failed simpleton Prem of the 1990s who dreams of Juhi Chawla but is instead married off to a portly and much more educated Sandhya. While she dreams of a government job as a school teacher and a husband who respects her, he has nightmares about everything she stands for – be it her intellect or weight. What follows is a refreshingly original and daring film that overcomes stereotypes while bringing a smile on our faces, even as it tugs at our heartstrings. Here the 90s is captured in stunningly nuanced detail by writer-director Sharat Katariya several times, as is the language of Uttar Pradesh, and the life of a small town.
Be it a dash of Limca to get over retching, the unspiralling of cassettes using pens, watching of movies in VCPs and VCRs, using landline phones, giving missed calls, the fascination with Kumar Sanu, or a fight using songs being played by a warring couple, the makers get the 90s spot on. What also makes the majority of the scenes worth the ‘wait’ is Bhoomi Pednekar who ‘weighs’ her emotions while adding ample ‘weight’ to her character through a gamut of emotions that are sure to resonate with your heart. Adding ‘weight’ to the plot is a series of sub plots involving a separated elderly aunt, parents and in-laws struggling with their values, ethics, and modernity, a young brother preparing for his board exams, a ‘sankha’ with its moralistic lessons, jealous friends, and a contest ‘Dum Laga Ke Heisha’ aimed to test the ultimate bonding between a married couple. There is humor, action, emotion, shame, romance, and triumph in equal measure that help the film measure up to the ‘weighty’ expectations of any discerning viewer gasping for a breath of fresh air. What helps is an able supporting cast that makes you want to ‘wait’ and watch the proceedings.
This small film involving small town people is sure to occupy a not so small space in your hearts and minds. All you need to do is give it a chance – just like the leads of Dum Laga Ke Haisha are told time and again, and love will surely follow. Watch it for an era gone by, for an unconventional heroine, for relationships that survive against the test of time, and for that sense of nostalgia that is impossible to ignore. And last, but not the least, for Kumar Sanu – who is back (along with Sadhana Sargam and Annu Malik no less). This ‘Ishq’ is ‘Kararaa’ indeed, and definitely worth its ‘weight’ in terms of originality, story, and execution. What are you ‘waiting’ for? Watch it in your nearest theater and do your bit to support good mainstream cinema with a refreshing storyline. Overall, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an excellent film.