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Simple, effective and an honestly moulded film that effortlessly generates all the basic emotions of life in just about two hours-It makes you laugh, cry and smile at the same time. YRF deserves an applause for standing by this film and supporting the vision without commercialising it.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha (DLKH) takes you back into the era of audio cassettes, Kumar Shanu and libraries. Set in Haridwar, writer-director Sharat Katariya takes us into a completely different yet real world. We’ve all been a part of this world, till globalisation took place and things began to change. It’s nostalgic, it’s relatable and it’s funny.
Prem Prakash Tiwari, played by Ayushmann Khurrana is a 10th fail who handles an audio cassette repair shop. His father (played by the magnificent Sanjay Mishra) really wants to get him married because he knows that his son’s basically a dud and quite aimless in life.
That’s when Sandhya Verma (debutante Bhumi Pednekar) comes into the picture.
Quite the opposite of Prem, she’s a well educated and a strong headed woman. Prem’s forcefully married off to Sandhya, as she could help them sustain by earning more money as a teacher. Prem hates the fact that Sandhya’s obese and how both of them manage to stick by each other, even after innumerable fights and issues, that’s what forms DLKH.

Katariya’s script speaks for itself. His sharply written characters, those relatable moments between the family and especially the dialogues-the best thing about his writing is that he hasn’t added anything just for the heck of it. As an audience, you’ll be laughing and giggling throughout certain moments, irrespective of the mood of that scene and that’s because you’ll probably be reminded of those relatives you always tend to make fun of. (We all do that, come on 😛 )

The cast does wonders to the film. Right from the character artists to the protagonists to the maestros Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa.
Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa and Sheeba Chadha are as brilliant as always and add great value to their characters.
But the film solely belongs to Ayushmann and Bhumi. Their chemistry stays with you. The moments between Prem and Sandhya are so cute at times that you end up aww-ing even during their fight sequences. Ayushmann’s finally given his career best performance and it was so heartening to see that. But the surprise package was Bhumi Pednekar.
She’s so brilliant that it would be hard to think of her as a newcomer because only a mature performer could’ve pulled Sandhya off. Probably assisting a casting director helps and if it does, our actors should go and try that, before coming in front of the camera. 😛
Bhumi’s someone to watch out for.

Technically too, the film is quite flawless. Cinematography, background score, production design and yes, Anu Malik’s music. It’s so good to have him back. His classical rendition voiced by Papon and Monali Thakur: Moh Moh Ke Dhaage is really pleasing to the ears.
Varun Grover’s lyrics compliment the film really well. Overall, everything works.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one of the most heartfelt films you’ll see in recent times. There are some unanticipated laughters in the film that are definitely gonna stay with you after you’re out-especially the courtroom scene, a scene where the couple’s making love and Prem’s mother says, ‘Sayana hogaya humra Prem’ and one small fight between Prem and Sandhya, that’s in the form of old Hindi songs.
It’s heartfelt and elating at the same time.
My only problem with the film was, its marketing. They didn’t market the film and that’s really annoying to see because it hasn’t earned the numbers.
So it’s a request, please spare some time and go watch this sweet little masterpiece.


3.5 stars



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