170 Min. | Drama – Romance | June 2015
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Staring: Anil Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar
Dil Dhadakne Do Review: Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is a well-made and well-acted film, although its not without its share of problems. Its overtly long and also not always sharp, and yet it gives us moments of pure emotion and the performances are stellar by its solid ensemble. ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is a dysfunctional Punjabi family go on a cruise, where they egos and problems clash. ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ tells the tale of a dysfunctional Punjabi family, with loads of humor and emotion. Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s multi-plotted Screenplay is definitely lengthy and concentrates on too many characters, which at times acts as a deterrent, but overall, the madness works for the most of it. The primary characters are interestingly diverse and their on-going disagreements on issues, are fun to watch. While the first-hour is slowly paced and also loose, the second-hour is emotionally heavy. However, the usage of narration in the form of a dog, is a bit too much.
Although Aamir Khan nails it in the voice-over, in terms of Writing, it seems as a lazy move. Nevertheless, the screenplay is fairly decent. A special mention for the wonderful dialogue. Akhtar’s direction is excellent and she deserves credit for churning out such terrific performances from its large ensemble cast. After ‘Luck by Chance’ and ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, she has emerged with another impressive fare with ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. Carlos Catalan’s cinematography is stunning. Each and every moment has been captured beautifully. Editing is slightly loose, as the film goes on for nearly 3 hours! Some trimming, especially in the first-hour, was needed! Art and costume design are fabulous. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is energetic.
Every actor delivers in ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’. Anil Kapoor takes the lead, enacting the money-minded businessman with effortless ease. Shefali Shah as his Wife, is extraordinary. She’s so natural all through. As their children, Priyanka Chopra displays sincerity as a women torn between a shaky marriage and society issues. Ranveer Singh, on the other-hand, is simply awesome as the young blood who has a passion for flying. Ranveer also contributes to the film’s funniest and best bits. Anushka Sharma lends adequate support as Ranveer’s lady-love, while Farhan Akhtar is nicely restrained as Priyanka’s ex-flame. Rahul Bose as Priyanka’s annoying husband, is in super form, yet again! Zarina Wahab leaves a mark. On the whole, ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ isn’t enjoyable entirely, but its still got merit and is superbly acted! Watch it.