The maiden production venture of director Maneesh Sharma, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a sincere effort from writer turned director Sharat Katariya. The natural humor that comes out of realistic circumstances keeps the movie going forward and the feel goodness it provides is a unique one that stays in the sensible zone.
It is the story of the newly wedded couple, Prem and Sandhya. Prem is a 10th standard failed introvert who is still afraid of his father’s scolding. The egoist Kumar Sanu fan gets married to this B.Ed holder fat girl. The complex inside him for not getting a good-looking girl as he was an undergraduate grows exceedingly and thus ending up in a not so happy family life. The film focuses on the gradual patchwork that happens to this relationship naturally.
Rajat Kapoor’s “Aankhon Dekhi” which released last year, was one movie that made the audience laugh-out-loud with very natural humor. Even though the intellectual shade of content is missing here, the simple narrative that has emotions of the characters conceived in a very mature way makes Dum Laga Ke Haisha a sweet film that has sensibility to its credit. The plot twister moments has emotional depth to justify its significance that simply enhances the minimalistic beauty of the movie. Oh Boy! I am feeling so bad that I am complicating the beauty of a simple film.
Ayushmann Khurrana with his dialect and introvert body language did complete justice to the character of Prem. The new face Bhumi Pednekar was perfect for the role of Sandhya. The new face nicely portrayed the conventional bahu respect, the innocence and the natural aggression. Star of the show was really Sanjay Mishra who with his typical style once again makes the audience laugh. Equally good performances from the supporting cast including Seema Pahwa, Sheeba Chaddha and Alka Amin.
By keeping the movie in the real zone, Sharat Katariya makes the movie a different experience for the audience. It is one of those movies were you will find the barrier between commercial and off beat treatment fading away. A large chunk of credit should go to the script that manages to establish a strong foundation within its brisk 111 minutes runtime. As the movie had the discrimination over good looks as an agenda I expected a small intellectual debate on that, but that was missing from the content. Dialogues are simple and natural. Cinematography and cuts were nice. Anu Malik delivers quality music. The background music also suits the feel of the movie.
Overall Dum Laga Ke Haisha offers an overall happiness to its viewer. The rating for this simplistic realistic joyful movie is 3.5/5. It is not mind blowing, but its mind pleasing.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended