All happy families are alike, Leo Tolstoy famously observed in Anna Karenina.  Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.  The Mehras in Dil Dhadakne Do are dysfunctional in a uniquely Indian manner.  So the parents are concerned about status, appearances and ‘log kya kahenge.’  Their own marriage is miserable but when their daughter wants a divorce, Mr. Mehra insists that ‘iss khandaan mein kabhi na divorce hua hai, na hoga.’  They are willing to use their son – the heir apparent – to salvage their sinking company but they refuse to recognize their daughter’s business acumen.  The mother sagely advises her to abandon her career and focus on her family.

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  1. Ravindra

    June 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Anil Kapoor has given a solid performance. Ranveer Singh is super cool. Director has not been fair with the heroine, Anushka. Her character is modeled like a special appearance, though she is the one who dances, kisses and does justice to the title of the film. Film is less about ‘Dil dhadakne do’, more about respect and freedom for women, allowing children to do what they like, and parents not thrusting their decisions on children. Compared with Zindagi no Milegi Dobara, Zoya shows increased ability in transforming serious situations into comic situations.

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