Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania: Film Review – A modern take on a classic love story

Peppered with references to our favorite on-screen romances, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is perfect for every Bollywood fanatic.

 

The film tells the story of Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt), a feisty young girl who is engaged to an NRI. Kavya refuses to go through with her wedding without a "Kareena wala designer lehenga". Her search for the perfect lehenga takes her to Delhi, where she crosses paths with Rakesh "Humpty" Sharma (Varun Dhawan). Boy meets girl, they fall in love and Humpty sets out to prove that he’s better than her fiancé, Angad (Siddharth Shukla).

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania starts off on a promising note. The first few minutes of the movie are filled with witty zingers, groovy songs and a remarkable energy. Unfortunately, this quickly fizzles out and the film starts feeling slow and predictable.

Alia Bhatt is charming and lovable as the spunky girl from Ambala. Her performance and the chemistry she shares with Varun Dhawan drive the movie. To add to this, the film also has a stellar supporting cast; including Ashutosh Rana, Kenneth Desai and Siddharth Shukla. Each of the actors add a distinct flavor to the film, making it worth a watch.

However, the film’s tongue-in-cheek Bollywood references are its real highlights. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania references movies ranging from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Jab We Met to Koi… Mil Gaya, making it a delight for every Bollywood buff!

This is also what keeps Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania from being truly great. The flimsy premise and predictable plot are pale in comparison to the movies it pays homage to.

Though Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania has its funny moments, it seems as if some of the best ones have already been shown in the trailers. Director Shashank Khaitan also tries to make his directorial debut a blend of comedy and drama, but the tone shifts a little too often to be effective. To make matters worse, the film is also a tad too long, with more than just a few redundant scenes.

All things considered, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is far from being the next great love story. However, it is an entertaining film that rom-com fans are bound to enjoy.

Why should you watch this film?
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania has all the elements for an entertaining watch. Loveable characters? Good acting? An upbeat soundtrack? Check, check and check! Though it isn’t the rom-com to define this generation, it’s a good film you can enjoy over the weekend.

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5 Comments

  1. uvais

    July 13, 2014 at 1:08 am

    Normal comedy

  2. Sachi Muchi

    July 14, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Humpty ki….is typically the copy paste movie from dharma production. Karan johar is unofficially the brand ambassador for indian marriages with all songs.. clothes..jewellery..food.. etc..etc..for the whole world. Infact, I am sure he is going to direct ‘hum sath sath hain-part 2’ very soon… if there ever would be a guide book named- dummy’s guide to what is an Indian marriage- it would surely written by karan johar. Well the characters of varun and aalia and their acting skills are just copy paste from their earlier films.. finally..dharma production is what balaji production is for indian tv..mediocre entertainment.

  3. Kumar

    July 15, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Usual saga. Nothing special. Climax is bakwas.

  4. Abheet

    August 4, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Bakwaas usual overrated movie . Dharma productions please make something like holiday or kick.it deserves collections like joker . Even heropanti is something different.

  5. Aditi Thakur

    February 1, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    achi haiiii……………..
    nice story

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