Reaching-reaching-reaching and boom! High on humour and emotions, along with some crackling dialogues and bang on performances, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania still couldn’t live up to its potential.
We’re all DDLJ fans, if you aren’t, then you’re a robot! Jokes apart, Aditya Chopra‘s classic redefines romance even today and inspires a million aspiring filmmakers.
Shashank Khaitan being one of them, marks his debut as a filmmaker with
‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.’
Rakesh Sharma, a.k.a Humpty (Varun Dhawan) is a typical Dilli boy who calls himself the ‘lauta vaaris’ of Vidya Book Centre. A pleasantly loving character, Humpty somehow meets Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) and right from the beginning, it has been shown that Kavya is an independent girl, who’s really strong headed. But she’s from Ambala, then what was she doing in Delhi? That’s exactly what Humpty thought.
She was in town to get herself a designer ‘lehenga’ for her approaching wedding to an NRI doctor-an arranged marriage.
It is followed by a humorous first half, which is filled with expertly written dialogues-situations and a beautiful romantic tincture, that can hold anyone’s breath.
The second half is descending to the core. Though it starts off beautifully and the Gurdwara sequence is heart wrenching, as there are no dialogues there and Varun-Alia play it through their eyes and face. But after that, the disappointment commences.
Mr.Singh (Ashutosh Rana), Kavya’s father somehow gets to know about Humpty’s intentions (what exactly happens, that you’ll have to see for yourself 😛 ) and Humpty along with Shonty (Gaurav Pandey) and Poplu (Sahil Vaid) are literally knocked out by the Punjabis.
The father is against love, even though he himself had a love marriage. His other daughter had married someone of her choice, but it had a terrible end. That’s the reason he doesn’t want Kavya to marry Humpty. Plus, the NRI Doctor:Angad Bedi (Siddharth Shukla) is his friend’s son and the perfect spouse anyone can ever get.
So will Mr. Singh let Kavya and Humpty marry? Or it’ll be Angad and Kavya? That’s the regular and outdated plot of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.
But the presentation deserves an applause. All the credit goes to debutant Shashank Khaitan, as he has literally done everything here. From writing the story, dialogues, screenplay and lyrics to direction. It’s his baby, and you can easily sense it. The second half, as I’ve mentioned above, has a lot of clichés. The story loses the soul in between and Kavya’s character too, keeps getting lost. She just comes and goes.
Immaculately casted by Jogi, Humpty rides high on performances. Ashutosh Rana is a treat to watch, his lighter side on screen was a perfect tribute to Amrish Puri because they both share that similar screen presence and personality, that dodges between rude and loveable.
Humpty’s friends, Gaurav and Sahil are as important as Humpty and Kavya. From their dialogue delivery-to their body language, they’ll chuckle the hell outta you. Siddharth Shukla looked good and was casted perfectly, but sadly he didn’t have ‘anything’ to do. Parmeet Sethi’s character in DDLJ had a lot of screen space and here, it was nothing.
The protagonists: Alia and Varun, they can be the modern SRK-Kajol for sure. The tuning they share, it’s clearly visible on screen. They both nail every bit of HSKD, from the one liners to the comical elements, romance to emotional, they’ve done it all and with perfection. Alia’s character gets wasted in the second half, but it’s her charm that manages to overcome that flaw, even if she’s there for a second. Varun is the surprise package, as he has overdone himself over here. The train sequence where he has a ‘man-to-man’ conversation with Mr. Singh, that’s probably one of the best scenes in the film. Done effortlessly by Varun and in the end, when he breaks down. He’ll cringe your heart.
Last, but not the least, Mr.Singh’s chemistry with Humpty when they share a fag, that’s also cute to see. The music is good, though I expected them to use Alia’s unplugged version of Samjhawan after the train sequence, but anyway.
Sadly, the end is terrible, really terrible. Suddenly, Angad and his family, they are nowhere to be seen, and the ‘Jaa Jeele Apni Zindagi’ dialogue didn’t fit in at all. I’ve seen the promos where Angad has a small clash with Humpty and his buddies, that was edited out, so I’m sure that the editor has messed up the beauty of this decent film, which could have been a modern-classic.
Cute film, though gets lost in the end. Nevertheless, it deserves to be watched once at-least-for Shashank, the beautiful moments and the brilliant cast.