For a generation that has learnt everything about love from Shahrukh Khan movies, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is a mere reflection of how DDLJ is the best love story we have ever seen.
The movie’s plot is very similar to DDLJ – a soon to be married girl meets an average boy, falls in love, can’t convince her strict dad, boy tries to convince the dad, boy gets beaten up, boy and girl have a train scene and obviously a happy ending.
But that’s not all, the movie makes many references to other Bollywood movies but it seems natural. I mean, wouldn’t you want to tell the love of your life this SRK dialogue, “Hum ek baar jite hain, ek baar marte hain…”?
Overall, it is a smart love story which has been made to reflect the current time and generation. No, by current we do not mean it is like Student of the Year wherein everything is over the top! Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is real, the movie very smartly accommodates ideas such as designer clothes, marital affairs, sex tapes, drinking and smoking habits, cheating in exams, gay rights, Facebook stalking etc.
The first half of the movie is fast and interesting. It is a modern day love story wherein all the characters are real. Alia Bhatt as Punjabi girl from Ambala may not be as entertaining as Kareena Kapoor aka Geet from Jab We Met, yet she is bubbly and spunky. Varun Dhawan as Humpty Sharma is interesting as even though the character is pretty average, you will still like him.
Alia and Varun do have a superb chemistry, but the movie is highly predictable. Moreover the 20 something minutes of songs do not help the movie. The only song worthwhile of your time is Arijit’s rendition of Mein Tenu Samjhawan Ki.
The second half is a revisit to DDLJ. We are back in Punjab between green fields and a strict father. The story in the second half has nothing new to offer; except for TV addicts who will drool over TV star Siddharth Shukla who is seen as Mr. Perfect aka Angad – Alia’s groom to be. A special mention for Ashutosh Rana as Alia’s father stole the show. It was refreshing to see him on the screen after many years and he impresses you with his dialogue delivery and effortless acting.
Smart one liners, Alia and Varun’s effortless chemistry.
Second half of the movie.
The movie ends weirdly almost as if the director didn’t know how to end this cute love story. The movie is a definite watch for those who love Hindi Cinema love stories. For others, watch it once for the witty dialogues and Varun and Alia’s performances.