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Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a 2015 Indian Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Sharat Katariya and starring Ayushmann Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles. Italian composer Andrea Guerra composed the film’s background score. The film was released on February 27, 2015 to good critical reception. Box Office India stated the film emerged as a commercial success after collecting 17.50 crore nett in its first ten days.

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I have been a huge fan of Kumar Sanu since my childhood. He has all but disappeared from Bollywood now. So imagine my delight when I friend asked me to listen to a song called “dard karara” from a movie “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”. I watched it immediately for Kumar Sanu alone & decided to watch the movie based on that one song.

Dard Karara

What I liked:

  • The music & the songs are all very nice. I especially loved Dard Karara & Moh Moh.
  • The movie highlights an issue very relevant to Indian society. No, not marrying a fat person. But parents forcing their children to marry a girl/ boy of their choice. Arranged marriages are still very common in India & many a times the parents are choosing their son/daughter – in – law instead of the girl/ boy choosing her/ his partner. Marriages can last only when the man & wife both make an effort to sustain their relationship. One person pulling along might end up looking like a doormat.
  • The movie is to the point & doesn’t overdo anything, be it the repulsion Lapu feels for his fat wife, the wife’s despair, the separation or even the final competition.
  • It has a quite dignity to it. The girl doesn’t scream & shout or hurl utensils at her husband’s head. Neither does she cry buckets.
  • The girl dares to call a spade a spade. She wont stop even if she has to call her father – in – law wrong to his face.
  • The scene where Lapu attempts to kill himself was very nicely done. It can be very frustrating when you are drowning in depression & your family ignores & instead focuses on the most trivial of things.
  • Ayushaman Khurrana is an established actor. But Bhumi Pednekar is very convincing in her role as well. She even manages to dance inspite of her figure without looking vulgar. I am so glad they didn’t use her fatness as a subject of comedy.

What I didn’t like:

  • If Lapu was so determined to never accept her as his wife why did he marry her? For the money she would get naturally. And if you know you need that money then why not treat her well? Even animals won’t stay with you if you don’t treat them well. This is a woman.
  • The way he talked about her among his friends deserved more than a slap. It was very insulting & demeaning.
  • The movie overall was a bit dull & got boring in parts.
  • What was that competition all about? Does such a competition really exist in Haridwaar? It was just a very very strange competition. Especially since it was in a place like Haridwaar where everyone is so orthodox.

The movie was mercifully not very long. They kept it short. Watch it when it comes on TV.

A 2.5/5 from me.