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.