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HSKD: Just another Bollywood rom-com

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 4, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
Posted: Aug 4, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago

By Tanveer Khadim

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions brings together Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s enchanting chemistry once again to the silver screen after Student of the Year, in a light romcom – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya.

The directorial debut of Shashank Khaitan, HSKD is a tribute to Kajol and Shahrukh Khan’s romance hit, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. The title, story, the emphasis on Punjabi settings, the relationship between the lead pair, NRI; all bear a striking resemblance to DDLJ. In short, it’s a modern day Raj-Simran love story.

The story revolves around Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) and Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan). Kavya is a high-spirited, yet aggressive Punjabi girl from Ambala, who grudgingly agrees to get married to a non-resident Indian (NRI) doctor, played by Angad (Siddharth Shukla) through an arranged marriage set-up. Kavya escapes to Delhi to buy a designer lehenga for her wedding. Her reason is pretty justified:

“App ne dulha ki choice toh de nahi, kam se kam lehenga to meri hi choice ka hona chahiye…”

While she is on lehenga mission, she meets a care-free, emotional Delhi Punjabi boy Humpty Sharma. After spending a little time together, over pegs, clubbing, blackmail, chit-chat over coffee and a few hugs, both fall truly, madly, deeply in love with each other. But then reality strikes and by the end of the first half, Kavya has to leave for Ambala.

Throughout the second half, Humpty has to win over Kavya’s inflexible father, save her from arranged marriage and marry her. Sounds familiar? Of course, the rest is the conventional blending of light humor, romance, drama, some heroic action, drums and dance – all DDLJ style.

Does the story unfold like DDLJ too? Does the ending similar to the romantic classic? Let's leave these questions for you to find out.

Writer-director Khaitan tried his best to blend the western trends with eastern traditions in HSKD. The film won’t sweep you away like DDLJ but it’s not completely hopeless either. Though HSKD is pretty fast-paced, the writer clearly couldn’t maintain his grip on the story. However, it does have quite a bit different twists and turns in it. The cohesive screenplay with witty dialogues is admirable and for that Khaitan should be appreciated.

Sachin-Jigar and Toshi-Sharib’s music is average. The fusions of desi and club songs obstruct the film's smooth flow. It would have been better if there were more romantic numbers than club ones. The only pleasant highlight is the recreation of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s famous song ‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’ by Arijit Singh & Shreya Ghoshal.

There are loads of funny scenes as the lead pair gets to know each other. The natural on-screen chemistry between the two actors is fresh and adorable. Alia Bhatt stole the show with her spontaneous performance. Although her dialogue delivery was a bit too rushed, her timely expressions were delightful.

Varun Dhawan looks quite comfortable as an emotional present-day Raj and connects well with Alia’s performance. However, TV actor Siddharth Shukla seems wasted in a small role with limited performance margin.

Verdict: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a nice 2 hours 12 minutes package with drama, romance and funny dialogues but lacks substance. Watch the movie if you are a Bollywood junkie, but don’t expect much from it. It will definitely remind you of classic DDLJ and some other typical Bollywood rom-coms.

In case you are a big fan of DDLJ, than this movie is not your cup of tea. This will be a major disappointment for you with Raj-Simran replica scenes, along with a predictable and hurried climax.

Rating: 2.5/5

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