“Dil Dhadakne Do barely manages to stay afloat! ”
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DDD begins in a very YJHD style where Ayesha Mehra (Priyanka) is packing the invitation basket for the wedding anniversary of her parents, which is going to be held on a cruise trip.
Zoya seems to be too inspired from Ayaan, such that she kept the name Kabir handy for Ranveer and likewise she reads out a card that has only Kabir Mehra's name in RSVP (Major YJHD De Ja Vu moment at the very beginning of the film).
In somewhat Karan Johar kind of style, the film tries to fit in a very Indian script on the high society celluloid, with wine and champagne, English delicacies, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin with characters that speak Prada!
DDD has a failing businessman, a spoiled yet soft hearted son, a neglected daughter who's in an unhappy wedlock, a housewife who's trying to come to terms with her husband's indifferent behavior and a dysfunctional family.
Amidst a grand star cast consisting of Priyanka, Farhan, Anil Kapoor, Anushka, Ranveer and Shefali Shah, including Pluto Mehra (voice rendered by Aamir Khan), Ranveer Singh is the only saving grace in Dil Dhadakne Do! Even Aamir Khan's pseudo presence and irregular sermons as a dog fail to save the cruise from sinking.
Anushka Sharma's dance number is a complete waste! The black mole and her famous lips add to the misery of the movie while Zoya revives the Band Baja Baraat kissing scenes yet again.
Priyanka Chopra does manage hard to do justice to a pivotal role. The sibling relationship is the only relatable point in the movie, thanks to the ice-cream sharing scene where Ranveer tells Priyanka how the same ice-cream seems tastier when he eats it from her bowl than his own. The looks they exchange through their eyes while their parents fool the public with their lovey dovey lines are amazing.
For the first time in many years, you'll love Ranveer as a normal boy where he puts just the right amount of energy in contrast to his hyper-active real life image, with a very slow moving script. I wish Farhan Akhtar had a longer role!
The first half doesn't seem to end at all and the handful of good moments in the movie get marred by the longevity of a weak script. The last 20 minutes are a laughter riot and sum up the objective of the movie, but then it gets too late for Indian audiences to keep up with the pace.
Jumping off a cruise to get the girl is to DDD what gate crashing the airport check-in counter is to all Bollywood movies.
Dil Dhadakne Do does have its enjoyable moments in scenes like the one at the hospital, where Kabir Mehra (Ranveer) says asli baat toh koi karta nahi hai is family mein! Another one with Ayesha Mehra's (Priyanka's) husband and mother-in-law is one amazing scene where the parents don't surrender to an overpowering son-in-law.
The film has more life lessons in its dialogues coming from the strict father, played convincingly by Anil Kapoor and Pluto Mehra. The only performances that stand out come from Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, and of course Ranveer Singh. You want to see more of him, while you wait for the movie to pick up pace, but that sadly happens only towards the end.
There's no guess work happening in DDD, because the audience will remain clueless about what's going to happen next until the last 20 minutes, which is good for suspense thrillers, not for this one.
Zoya Akhtar's cruise trip did not sail smoothly this time.
DDD is a curious case of a stellar star cast gone wasted due to a sluggish script. With crisper first half and more energetic songs like Galla Goodiyan, DDD could have been a lovely film which had the potential to stay longer with the audience.
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