Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Review: A Confused Tribute To A Classic Romance

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Humty Sharma Ki Dulhania posterLet me in the very beginning make it very clear that Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania- HSKD is no Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge- DDLJ. Its not even a novel attempt to revisit the 19 year old classic romance. In the garb of new-age love-shove, this mish-mash is a masala mix that has been dished out earlier in numerous outings revolving around a Big Fa’r’t Punjabi wedding in Hindi cinema.

As such Humpty is somewhat a weird nickname in Punjabi parlance or North Indian milieu.The landscape that is suffused with Minti,Papu,Kitu,Raju,Titu,Tony,Gola kind of high on testosterones and low on brains brigade, Humpty is another addition by way of Delhiite Rahul aka Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan).

The story is so simplistic that one need not even wonder. A livewire,bindaas yet sanskari Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) is engaged as per her father Singh saab aka Bauji’s (Ashutosh Rana) choice of an NRI beau Angad (Siddharth Shukla). She goes from her small town Ambala to Delhi to get her choice of designer lehenga as her wedding trousseau and bumps into Humps, oops Humpty Sharma. The sparks fly, the seduction begins. The search for Shaadi-Ka-Joda becomes a metaphor for search for Mr Right.

The cupid has done its job. Now is the turn of Humpty to get his dulhania from the very clutches of Bauji(who has his rigid and prejudiced outlook towards love marriages due to one fiasco at home in the form of elder daughter’s divorce). The hulk of an NRI beau Angad who is Mr Perfect, is another obstacle.Will our hero succeed, is what this 2 hour 13 minute thin Lassi like scenario is all about.

The Delhi milieu has been done umpteen times.So has been the Punjabi shaadis. What’s new then. Nothing literally. Humpty is no Raj, Kavya is no Simran and Ashutosh Rana’s Singhsaab is definitely no patch to Amrish Puri’s Bauji. So why should you go and watch this. Just for Varun and Alia’s chemistry maybe, which is the whiff of fresh air in an otherwise stagnant story.

One wonders how Hindi cinema can be stuck in a groove even in 2014. Debut director Shashank Khaitan should be given credit for what. A different vision, an out and out entertainer, a path-breaking cinema? I mean what is innovative, what’s different. Ummm, Screenplay as such is in sepia mode. Giving you a feeling of déjà vu.

Dialogues are definitely ‘aaj ka’ . Though having a shelf life of a bunch-of-spinach in summers, they click especially pre-interval where Varun and Alia’s bantering ,face-off  and facebook volleys add some life and spice to the proceedings.

Music is a mix-up. An ode to compositions of decades gone by.So called media hyped Samjhawan is not even a patch on the melodies of the master class from which HSKD has borrowed the plot.

Varun has no doubt plethora of energy and natural flavor. But that’s not enough. Alia has that charming screen presence and an attitude to boot, but that does not suffice.TV star Siddharth Shukla’s debut is pleasant but being pleasant is no great performance. Ashutosh Rana is confused not only as father of two independent minded daughters but also with regard to his roots. Is he a Punjabi, Haryanvi, Delhiite or what, as his lingo changes scene to scene.The friends of the hero show some spunk to revitalize otherwise flagging scenario. Especially Saahil Vaid is worth the mention.Rest of the cast is so called SOP (standard operating procedure).

Its the script (story,screenplay,dialogues by Shashank Khaitan himself), especially post interval that fails to deliver big time inspite of lavish production vaules that is staple of any Dharma Productions anyways. Shaadi songs puntuated at regular intervals further jar on your nerves. In short HSKD is all eye-candy without soul.

So what’s common  between centuries old nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and HSKD.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

That this Humpty Sharma even after all the humping-shumping and heaving-ho as scripted and directed by the director is not able to put together an engaging rom-com. So another alternative can be to go and sit on any nukkad wall and enjoy the scenario of rain drops keep falling while eating corn-on-the-cob.


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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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