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.