“Zoya Akhtar is known to make travel diaries in guise of films” – is a common misnomer doing the rounds, especially after Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. In fact, she is a director ahead of our times, trying to detangle messy relationships (Gulzar’s territory) and expose the hypocritical side of our society (Madhur Bhandarkar’s domain).
Writer Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar’s characters speak louder than words. It’s like meeting up a dysfunctional family (perfect families exist only in Dharmas, YRFs and Rajshrees) up close and personal.
The brother-sister bond between Kabir (Terrific Ranveer Singh) and Ayesha (Briliant Priyanka Chopra) was never portrayed this real before since those Hare Rama Hare Krishna days. But it’s Anil Kapoor who steals the show with his nuanced performance, which shows he’s clearly having fun playing Kamal Mehra.
Shefali Shah makes you believe as if you just met her in person. Farhan Akhtar as Sunny and Anushka Sharma as Farah Ali make their presence felt despite the brief roles.
The beautiful cinematography by Carlos Catalan and crisp editing by Anand Subaya and Manan Mehta make the cruise look elegant and all ‘decked-up’, literally. To sum it up, Dil Dhadakne Do is indeed worth cruising through. Bon Voyage!