- Film: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania
- Starring: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana
- Release Date: 11 July 2014
- Produced by :Dharma Productions
- Directed by: Shashank Khaitaan
- Story/Screenplay: Shashank Khaitaan
- Music: Sachin- Jigar
It was in the year 1995 that Yashraj films had created history. One film which took the nation by storm, bought the Dilwale’s and Dulhaniya’s under one platter, and made SRK the iconic star he is today–Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge remains an illustrious chapter in the annals of Indian Cinema.
Circa 2014, and we have Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, a new age ode to the enduring love story of DDLJ, with its own bracing treatment with twists and turns. While the film shamelessly wears its obssession with the illustrious love story, it does succeed in warming your hearts and makes for a heartening watch.
The core of the plot retains where DDLJ took off. Delhi boy Humpty aka Rakesh Sharma ( Varun), an aimless yet good hearted munda meets Ambala girl Kavya ( Alia), a feisty and spirited girl who is in town to scout for a designer lehenga for her impending marriage to an NRI. Love inevitably happens between the pair, and now Humpty has the onerous task to win over her recalcitrant bauji ( Ashutosh Rana) back home to get her dulhaniya back.
HSKD scores highly in its light and heartwarming moments, with a crackling chemistry between the lead pair adding an icing on the cake. But where the film fails is its inability to germinate beyond the banal story replete with cliches. Shashank’s first directorial attempt could have been a solid entertainer had he had not reconceived the usual cliches we have seen umpteen number of times, especially during the post interval portions. The film loses its steam which it had incredibly built up in its first half, but fortunately, its well intertwined with some genuine humour and amazing male bonding of the trio ( Humpty,Shonty and Poplu)
HSKD biggest strength lies in its performances, and thats the trump card of this Dharma Productions venture. Both Varun and Alia deliver terrific performances, with an infectious chemistry oozing up on the screen. While Alia strikes every correct note in her feisty portrayal of a girl madly in love , Varun Dhawan is smashing as the lover boy who is strong yet vulnerable when it comes to the matters of heart and family. Ashutosh Rana churns out a powerful act, adding a compassionate texture to the rather obstinate and dry bauji of DDLJ. Infact, we would like to see him more on the big screen. A special mention of Humpty’s chuddi buddies ( Gaurav Pande and Sahil Vaid) who are brilliant in their faithful buddy acts to our hero.
With hummable music and scenic locales, HSKD scores despite its hiccups. It deserves a watch for its lead pair, terrific performances, and for a heartwarming tribute to its illustrious predecessor.
PopCorn Entertainment Rating: 3/5