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Times of India
When more-than-pleasantly-plump Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) gets hitched to Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana), the latter cannot bring himself to look beyond his wife's size. Her relentless attempts to win over his attention are in vain and the two end up on the brink of divorce when she overhears him passing objectionable remarks about her to friends. Can blubber hinder love?
Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an unlikely quasi-original offering from the stable that in recent past has made sincere efforts to defy the conventional notions of love.
This film might further the cause of breaking away from the bastion but it reeks of predictability. Sharat Kataria pulls off a quaint-yet-flawed film. Set in circa 1995 in Haridwar, he carefully refrains from creating a staple, syrupy affair. The film's first hour sails smoothly sans hiccups, but the second half can be faulted for unspooling tediously.
The movie erects a plot whose on-the-face nostalgia factor is almost jarring. Its rustic setting, bustling by-lanes and old-world charm does an overt job of selling the VCR era. There's even a desperately-included fight sequence where the couple aggressively play 90s songs.
Such scenes might crack you up, but the crackling effect is wiped out as the film moves towards a predictable climax featuring Kumar Sanu, a steady fixture since the first scene. It's the only thing that makes its 'loser' hero look good and is a contrived culmination of the romance we never find blooming.
The film's subplots are unnecessary and abrupt, like the sudden demise of a never-mentioned-before uncle which triggers the final act.
The actors, however, deliver redeeming performances. For a debutante, Pednekar is surprisingly confident. Khurrana, is the best he has been since his launch venture. Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa are at the top of their game.
But in the end, it isn't extraordinary, failing to rise above the idea that a fat girl needs some schmuck to complete her life. Undeniably, the smarts are visible in its original thinking but it doesn't translate into a satiating viewing experience.
यशराज कैंप की यह फिल्म अस्सी-नब्बे के उस दशक की याद दिलाती है जब फैमिली और रिश्तों को महत्व दिया जाता था। उस दौर में शादी के लिए मां-बाप की मर्जी जरूरी हुआ करती थी। मिडिल क्लास के उन लडकों के लिए शादी के बाद कुछ ज्यादा ही मुश्किल होती, जिनकी वाइफ उनसे ज्यादा पढ़ी-लिखी होती। कुछ अलग तरह की कुंठा के बीच अगर शादी भी मनमर्जी से ना हुई हो तो क्या कुछ हो सकता है, इसका अंदाजा आज की युवा पीढ़ी इस फिल्म को देखकर लगा सकती है।
अगर पिछले कुछ सालों में यश राज बैनर तले बनी फिल्मों की बात की जाए तो यह फिल्म ऐसी फिल्म है जो रब ने बना दी जोडी के बाद फैमिली क्लास की पसंद को ध्यान में रखकर पूरी ईमानदारी के साथ बनी है। यश राज की तारीफ करनी होगी कि उन्होंने परिणीति चोपड़ा के बाद एक बार फिर अपने प्रॉडक्शन हाउस की एक और मेम्बर को ऐक्ट्रेस बना दिया। फिल्म में लीड किरदार करने वाली भूमि पेढनेकर लंबे अर्से से इसी बैनर के साथ बतौर कास्टिंग डायरेक्टर जुड़ी हुई हैं।
कहानी: हरिद्वार की एक छोटी-सी गली में बनी प्रेम आडियो-विडियो शॉप में प्रेम (आयुष्मान खुराना) कस्टमर्स की पसंद पर पुराने गानों को नई कैसेट में रेकॉर्ड करने का बिजेनस करता है। हाई स्कूल फेल प्रेम बचपन से कुमार शानू का जबर्दस्त फैन है, यही वजह है उसकी ऑडियो कैसेट की दुकान पर ज्यादातर वक्त शानू के गाए गाने ही बजते रहते है। प्रेम गंगा किनारे लगने वाली शाखा में नियमित जाता है। प्रेम के पिता (संजय मिश्रा) का दूसरा कोई बिजनस नहीं है सो वह भी इसी शॉप से जुड़े हैं। फैमिली की कमाई का जरिया यही शॉप है।
एक दिन प्रेम की शादी का रिश्ता आता है तो पूरी फैमिली के साथ प्रेम लड़की देखने जाता है। लड़की संध्या वर्मा (भूमि पेडनेकर) का वजन प्रेम से काफी ज्यादा है, ऐसे में प्रेम इस रिश्ते के लिए कतई राजी नहीं होता। दूसरी ओर, पिता को लगता है भूमि पढ़ी-लिखी है और उसने बीएड कर रखी है, जल्दी ही उसकी नौकरी लग जाएगी और प्रेम की फैमिली की गाड़ी पटरी पर आ जाएगी। प्रेम के लाख विरोध करने के बावजूद उसकी शादी संध्या से कर ही दी जाती है।
शादी के बाद पहले दिन से ही प्रेम संध्या का वज़न ज्यादा होने की वजह से उसका बार-बार अपमान करता है। एक दिन जब प्रेम अपने एक दोस्त की सगाई पार्टी में शराब पीकर संध्या को थप्पड़ मारता है तो संध्या भी उसे एक थप्पड़ जड़ने के बाद अपने घर लौट जाती है। संध्या अपने मां-बाप के विरोध के बावजूद प्रेम के खिलाफ तलाक का मुकदमा दर्ज करती है। सुनवाई के दौरान अदालत दोनों को छ: महीने साथ रहने के बाद फिर पेश होने के लिए कहती है।
ऐक्टिंग: विकी डोनर के बाद लगातार नाकामी का सामना कर रहे आयुष्मान खुराना ने इस बार प्रेम के किरदार में बेहतरीन कमबैक किया है। नौटंकी साला और हवाईज़ादा देखने के बाद लगने लगा था कि विकी के बाद उनके पास नया कुछ करने के लिए बचा ही नहीं था। दम लगा के बाद एक बार फिर आयुष्मान के फैंस अब उनसे और भी बहुत कुछ की आस रख सकते हैं। यूपी का किरदार होने के बावजूद कुछ सीन्स में वह पंजाबी युवक जैसे लगे हैं। संध्या वर्मा के रोल में भूमि पेडनेकर इस साल के पहले दो महीनों में रिलीज हुई फिल्मों की हीरोइनों में नंबर वन है। संध्या ने अपने किरदार में हर तरह के शेड्स को ऐसे जबर्दस्त ढंग से पेश किया है कि यकीन नहीं होता कि वह पहली बार कैमरा फेस कर रहीं है।
संध्या यानी भूमि के चेहरे का एक-एक एक्सप्रेशन अव्वल है। करियर की शुरुआत ऐसे किरदार से करना जिसमें किरदार का चौतरफा मज़ाक उड़ाया जा रहा हो, किसी बड़ी चुनौती से कम नहीं होता। भूमि ने इसे इतनी खूबसूरती और सहजता से निभाया है कि दर्शक हॉल से बाहर निकलते वक्त उनके किरदार का कायल हो जाता है। प्रेम के पिता के रोल में संजय मिश्रा ने इस बार फिर कमाल किया है। संजय जिस सीन में भी नजर आए छा गए। अन्य कलाकारों में सीमा पाहवा, अल्का अमीन और शीबा चढ्ढा हर किसी ने अपनी बेहतरीन ऐग से किरदार को जीवंत कर दिखाया है।
डायरेक्शन: यंग डायरेक्टर शरद कटारिया ने जिस बेहतरीन ढंग से स्क्रिप्ट लिखी, ठीक उसी अंदाज में से पर्दे पर सादगी से पेश भी कर दिखाया। कटारिया की तारीफ करनी होगी कि उन्होंने सीन के माहौल के मुताबिक लोकेशन और किरदारों पर फोकस किया। शरद ने कहानी में कहीं भी बनावटीपन नहीं आने दिया और नब्बे के दौर को एक बार फिर पेश कर दिखाया। वहीं, इंटरवल के बाद फिल्म की रफ्तार कुछ थमने लगती है। इसके बावजूद शरद ने एक ऐसी फिल्म बनाई है जिसे फुल फैमिली के साथ आप बेहिचक देख सकते हैं।
संगीत: इस फिल्म के गानों में बरसों बाद अनु मलिक ने वही संगीत पेश किया, जिसके लिए उन्हें जाना जाता था। कुमार शानू की मौजूदगी और उसकी आवाज का अनु ने बेहतरीन इस्तेमाल किया है। अनु ने कहानी के मुताबिक ऐसा संगीत दिया है, जो कहानी की रफ्तार कम नहीं होने देता।
क्यों देंखे: फैमिली के साथ इस वीक अगर क्वॉलिटी टाइम इंजॉय करना चाहते हैं तो फिल्म आपके लिए है। पहली ही फिल्म में दर्शकों पर कैसे अपनी ऐक्टिंग का जादू चलाया जा सकता है इसे जानने के लिए भूमि पेडनेकर की ऐक्टिंग देखकर आएं।
As Aankhon Dekhi ably demonstrated last year, movies need not always be constructed around plot points, pace, beats and conventional graphs. A phase of someone's life, section of a larger story, peripheral characters and scattered household scenes can make for a hell of an entertaining watch. Those familiar with the era, environment, dialect and tinier nitty-gritties find pleasure in visions of nostalgia, while others marvel at the authenticity, and chemistry displayed by performers who look like they've lived there for decades. Director Sharad Katariya takes more than a leaf out of this slice-of-life book, and gently constructs—with a remarkable eye for detail—one of the sweetest little fairytales in recent times.
He presents a conventional boy-meets-girl story in unconventional shape and form, and wisely chooses an unadulterated, crowd-pleasing mid-90s backdrop. The girl is educated, thereby having to settle for an illiterate, uncouth Momma's boy. Blink your eyes and you'll miss their community wedding, their memorable foray into a 'physical arrangement', his shallow frustrations and high-strung family banter. Blink your eyes and you'll probably miss that she's overweight, and that this forms the crux of this daring mainstream leap of faith. Blink your eyes, but you cannot shake off the feeling that the line producers, set designers, cinematographer, costume department, casting director, lyricist and musicians are the real heroes.
It's impossible not to tear up at the purity of the 90s—cassette parlours, VCR wires (red over yellow), prudish 'English film' sex references, Limca and Campa colas, and especially Prem's obsession with 90s playback sensation Kumar Sanu. Rarely have I seen an entire era of Bollywood pulp nut-shelled into a single music album, celebrated without a hint of condescension, to virtually define the simmering flavor of a film.
I've never been to Haridwar—a relatively virginal cinematic landscape—but I trust what Katariya has put on show. He exercises control over a script bubbling with cramped spaces, tantrums, tonal smarts and verbose arguments, and seems to enjoy the challenge of depicting commotion and camaraderie. It's no coincidence that composer Andrea Guerra is European (Italian); his background score—in lilting contrast to the heartland's earthy imagery—invokes the playfulness of
Yann Tiersen, strings of Abel Korzeniowski and Ludovico Einaudi's melody. Every actor in this film makes us forget that they're on camera. Debutant Bhumi Pednekar is remarkable as resilient Sandhya; she is self-aware, measured and radiates a younger Ayesha Takia's disarming innocence.
Sanjay Mishra stands out as the boy's typically flustered father, and it is delightful to see veteran actress Sheeba Chaddha shine in the crucial role (for a change) of an overbearing aunt. Ayushmann Khurana's Prem, however, is a peculiar character. The actor invariably excels, with quick-fire delivery and scowling ways, at playing bratty unlikeable man-children. But his outbursts, brooding montages and meltdowns seem like they're part of the plan—like they're written and needed, unlike most other natural interactions. There is no doubting Khurana's talent and choice of roles, which is why I perhaps sound critical of his demeanor.
Unsurprisingly, the studio's last-gasp stamp—in the form of an against-all-odds race that somehow becomes relevant and holds the contrived key to the fortunes of our mismatched couple—is visible in the dying minutes of Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Inserted for cheap thrills, this still doesn't take away from a charming end-credit setup that leaves us grinning all the way home. Highly recommended, and hopefully, a sign of faster times in Bollywood High.
The YRF logo music was changed for this movie and Kumar Sanu it in this one.
Ayushmann got slapped 8 times by Bhumi for a scene.
100 girls had auditioned for the part before Bhumi was roped in.
Bhumi didn't know she was being auditioned and performed a scene as a demo.
Bhumi ended up impressing producer Aditya Chopra's wife Rani Mukerji very much.
Bhumi was earlier a part of the YRF casting division.
Bhumi was strictly advised not to speak to the media before the release of the film.
Singer Kumar Sanu will play a cameo in the movie.
Italian composer, Andrea Guerra has composed the film's background score.
Many parts of the film look more Benaras than Haridwar.
While the film suggests that the two have sex, in a later scene in an outburst, it seems that Sandhya says she has come back home exactly like she had gone from there.
Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurrana) listening to Kumar Sanu is the film's opening shot. Set in Haridwar, 1990s, the film captures the nascent feel of the town. Prem owns a cassette shop in the local market. His father is keen to get him hitched and the family goes to a local temple to meet Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar). B.Ed, waiting for a teaching job, the most visible thing about her is her weight. Coming from a patriarchal cognitive set-up, she doesn't fit the quintessential idea of beautiful. And still, the school drop out Prem must marry her because he is incapable of attaining a girl with 'Juhi-Chawla-level-of-looks.' In an elaborate community-wedding ceremony, Prem and Sandhya get married. Their wedding night is uncomfortable with neither treading towards establishing conjugal relations. Prem has in his own reasons and the girl is naturally shy. Next morning on a call, she announces it to a friend and the whole family finds out.
Prem expresses his disinterest in the marriage very visibly. While his sister, aunt and mother bicker about his nonexistent sex life, the guy whisks off to the akhara. Friends and seniors poke fun of him and he tells them about his anguish. His trainer suggests that he must run away but that isn't an option for him.
Back home Sandhya tells her mother about her uneventful first night. Her mom suggests that she must entice him. Sandhya and Prem go to the local market where she buys appropriate clothes to get him attracted to her. On their way back, people known to Prem try to strike up a conversation with Sandhya but Prem drags her away. This irks her as she doesn't like being told what to do. The two go to a local library where Sandhya tells him that she cannot be restricted from mixing up with people.
At night as planned, a VCR is installed in their room and there's an English movie playing and in the heat of the moment, Sandhya and Prem officiate their relation.The next day Sandhya leaves for her mother's place and Prem is supposed to pick her up on the 4th of the month.
Their consummation might have thrilled Sandhya but Prem clearly doesn't echo that sentiment. He is depressed and shocked that others control his life. The only way he could have rebelled was in bed, something he fails due to the heat of the moment.
At work, Prem and his father discover the new CD system that plays clear music. Though the cost of it is very expensive and the duo Prem and his father discover the new CD system that plays clear music. Though the cost of it is very expensive and the duo reserve its installation for later.
Prem forgets to pick up Sandhya who loses her cool and begins eating alone. Prem comes to pick her up without finishing his dinner and gets hungry midway. The two stop for kachauri and she discovers he smokes. The two bond for the first time but on their way back, he again slips into the same mood.
Prem and Sandhya's relationship continues to remain strained. She had given him a list of songs to be put together which Prem doesn't do. Over time, her frustration shows. When Prem's aunt brings up a petty topic, the two have a heated exchange of words and she tells them how he doesn't treat her well. The two fight over songs where he puts Kumar Sanu songs and she puts her songs.
Amidst all this a close friend of Prem's gets married. He and Sandhya go for the ceremony where due to excessive drinking and jealous of his friend's pretty wife, he says that sleeping with her feels like hell. Sandhya hears that and slaps him infront of his friends and he slaps her back.
Next morning at home, it's a big issue and his father is all ready to hit him with his sandals. Sandhya, with her ego bruised goes back home. She blames her father-in-law that he didn't educate him enough that he knows how to respect women and people in general.
When she returns home, there is a ruckus. Her mother tries to pacify her that she must return to her husband. But she is headstrong. She doesn't feel marriage has changed anything for her and she can be by herself. Locking herself in a room, she pours her heart out.
Back at her husband's, they try to talk sense to Prem but he decides on channelizing his energy into studying. Trying to clear his English paper again, he enrolls for the exam. His akhara friends too give up on him. Ostracized after being abandoned by his wife, the akhara people and he engage in a verbal squabble and they throw him out of the group.
On the workfront, a competing shop opens up which will sell CD clarity music in market. His family, talks to the family that owns the other shop and it turns out that it's owned by the same akhara friend of his the squabble with whom ended him out of the group. They begin discussing their issues and the guy challenges Prem to mend things with his wife participate in the Dum Laga Ke Haisha contest and win it against him. The contest entails him picking his wife on his shoulders and running a race.
Meanwhile, Sandhya reaches out to a divorce lawyer and files for it. The families are shocked. Prem's mother even falls grievously ill. The court decides that the two must spend 6 months with each other and try to work it out after which if they still want a divorce, the two will separated.
Prem brings Sandhya back home but the two are still distant. Sandhya realizes that Prem is studying English and she tries to rectify his language but the latter doesn't take her advice kindly and she backs off. Prem goes for his exam and writes in Hindi.
Back home, Sandhya cooks for the family but when Prem returns he has an out-of-the-blue emotional outburst and tries to kill himself. The teacher who received his answer paper comes home as he had confessed of his plan to end his life, in his exam sheet.
Both Prem and Sandhya break down that night and Prem earnestly apologizes to her. It is the first time, Sandhya tells him that she did love him but he never gave her a chance.
Prem begins softening towards Sandhya. Taking her for her job interview and bringing her the cassette she had asked for, there is warmth in their relationship. Sandhya informs him that she has landed a job in Meerut. Prem feels the first pang of losing her but doesn't act on it.
Prem decides to sell off their shop as he is sure that they will lose out to the other music store in the neighbourhood. A guy comes and measures the place.
His aunt gets a call from her estranged in-laws who inform her that her husband has passed away. After years of separation, it still matters to her and she scrambles. The day for the Dum Laga Ke Haisha contest arrives and the family again pursues both Prem and Sandhya to participate. They eventually relent and go for it. Kumar Sanu is the guest of honour and somehow, through the highs and lows of the race and their surprise win, Sandhya asks Prem to not let her go and he runs back home with her. In the final shot, the two kiss.
Ayushmann Khurrana and debutante actress Bhumi Pednekara s 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' got an average response at the box office.
According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, Dum Laga Ke Haisha earned around Rs 1.10 crore on the day of its release. However, the film which registered just 5-7 percent occupancy on day one, recovered on Sunday taking the total collections to Rs 6.05 crore.
By the end of the first week, the film earned Rs 10.75 crore. The film raked in around Rs 7.50 crore in its second weekend and by the third week, the film made a business of Rs 5 crore. In the fourth weekend, the film collected Rs 1.5 crore nett, taking the movie's total collection to around Rs 25.50 crore nett.
Apparently, the film has opened in just 775 screens while its competitor Ab Tak Chhappan 2 boasts of 1375 screens.