In the very opening credits sequence of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, the film’s hero, played by Varun Dhawan, is seen getting teary eyed as he catches the umpteenth rerun of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge on television. Directed by debutant Shashank Khaitan, the film wears its obsession with DDLJ like a badge of honor, and offers a cheeky spin on that enduring love story.
Dilli boy Rakesh Sharma, still stuck with the nickname that he acquired when he was a fat kid, meets feisty Ambala girl Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) when she’s in town to buy a lehenga for her impending marriage to an NRI doctor of her father’s picking. It’s inevitable that the pair will fall in love, and as they gradually do their rat-a-tat exchanges and easy-going chemistry makes the film’s first hour a breezy enough entertainer.
In a fitting update that reminds us nearly two decades have passed since Raj and Simran’s PG-13 romance, the couple in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania sleeps together before she heads back home. (Come on, that’s hardly a spoiler; it’s in the trailer!) What’s refreshing is that Khaitan never treats this as a major plot point or a ‘big moment’, merely a natural progression of their love. Wow! Could popular Hindi cinema finally be growing up?
Aah, we jinxed it. Because the second half of the film revisits all the usual clichés including the stubborn father who must be won over, the womenfolk who sympathize with the poor girl’s situation but can’t do much to change the patriarch’s mind, and in a nice twist from Parmeet Sethi’s bawdy groom-to-be, an impossibly perfect spousal candidate (TV star Siddharth Shukla) whose patta must be kaatoed. Fortunately all this is interspersed with a sizeable helping of humor, and the presence of Humpty’s two best friends Shonty and Poplu (Gaurav Pande and Sahil Vaid) who liven up the proceedings.
Yet the film rests on the appeal of its two leads who’re nothing short of terrific. Alia has a livewire presence, literally lighting up the screen when she’s in the frame. But it’s Varun who has the slight edge here, effortlessly pulling off both goofy and genuinely heartfelt. The film works – despite employing every predictable trope – because they’re on top of their game. Of the supporting players, Ashutosh Rana is well cast in the Amrish Puri role, nicely humanizing the character instead of leaving it out to dry as a lazy stereotype.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania comes peppered with smart dialogue, and filled with genuine affection for a cinematic blockbuster that it repeatedly references…but with flair. I’m going with three out of five. Watch it for Varun and Alia, who’re crackling in it!

кредитные карты в спб без справокприватбанк оформить кредитную карту

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*


  1. arjun

    July 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Agreed with evthing wriiten here..this is 1st ever masand review i have read and feel he knows how to review and how to write. Well return and appropriate review

  2. shina Aggarwal

    July 22, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The movie doesn’t have any logic and also have not any situational song. Pls dnt waste the money and watch another one if u can..

  3. SaDaNaND

    August 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Varun is the next best thing in bollywood!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Rajeev Masand

  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Omerta

    Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Keval Arora, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan Director: Hansal Mehta In his new film Omerta, director Hansal Mehta seeks to dive into...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of 102 Not Out

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Jimit Trivedi Director: Umesh Shukla Let’s just face it Hindi cinema doesn’t know what to do with senior...

    BMS EditorMay 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Review of Avengers: Infinity War

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe...

    BMS EditorApril 26, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Beyond The Clouds

    Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Malavika Mohanan, Goutam Ghose, Tannishtha Chatterjee, GV Sharada, Amruta Santosh Thakur, Shivam Pujari Director: Majid Majidi Iranian master Majid Majidi,...

    BMS EditorApril 21, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of October

    Cast: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao Director: Shoojit Sircar October, directed by Shoojit Sircar, is a thoughtful, meditative film about...

    BMS EditorApril 13, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Blackmail

    Cast: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh, Divya Dutta, Pradhuman Singh, Anjula Sathe, Gajraj Rao, Omi Vaidya, Vibha Chibbar, Neelima Azim Director: Abhinay...

    BMS EditorApril 6, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review of Baaghi 2

    Cast: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal, Prateik Babbar, Darshan Kumaar, Vipin Sharma Director: Ahmed Khan. A distraught young...

    BMS EditorApril 5, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Pacific Rim Uprising

    Cast: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman Director: Steven S DeKnight I’m one of those who thoroughly...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018
  • Rajeev Masand’s Film Review Of Hichki

    Cast: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Harsh Mayar Director: Siddharth P Malhotra There is nothing original, nothing surprising, nothing even...

    BMS EditorMarch 24, 2018

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2018 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup