Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose and Zarina Wahab.
Synopsis: “The family that eats together, stays together.” Sweet isn’t it? Well not quite for the Mehra family! Zoya Akhthar’s DIL DHADAKNE DO (DDD) narrates the story of an affluent, yet dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip, celebrating the anniversary of Kamal (Anil Kapoor) and Neelam (Shefali Shah).
What’s good? 1. The performances
Usually ensemble cast movies could be risky to make, especially when there is a high amount of talented actors in one film! But like Akhtar’s previous venture, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, this film also portrays actors of high calibre in correct proportions and their collaboration makes DDD a wholesome movie. To say that the performances were brilliant, is an understatement. In fact, I felt that the performances of all cast members was realistic and natural. For instance, Ranveer Singh (as Kabir) and Priyanka Chopra’s (as Ayesha) performance as siblings was terrific. Through their bonding, it seemed as though they were indeed brother and sister. A special mention here to Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah as their hoity-toity parents. They were brilliant!
2. The story + dialogues
The movie’s narrative- penned by Reema Kagti (of TALAASH fame) and Zoya Akhtar, was thoroughly enjoyable. Initially, we feel that the Mehras would be the only affluent and dysfunctional family on the cruise, however, we see more than one dysfunctional families! I felt that the sub-plots in the film were also interesting, as it conveyed that money simply cannot buy relationships. As such, the tongue-in-cheek and sharp dialogues (by Farhan Akhtar) complimented the movie’s light-hearted ambience.
3. Location, Location, Location
The shooting of the film took place in exquisite Turkey. This enhanced the move’s narrative, rather than as a mere promotion for tourism. The sequences on the cruise was phenomenal. Kudos to the cinematographer, Carlos Catalan, for encompassing these beautiful surroundings.
What’s bad? Honestly, there is nothing I can really criticise! However, I wish the track, Phir bhi yeh zindagi was implemented in the film. This could have magnified the feelings of the characters more! Also, some may find the movie’s length at 170 minutes too long. Nevertheless, I felt that the movie did not drag in either the first half or the second half.
Overall, DDD is a perfect family entertainer this summer. The dysfunctional Mehra family will win your heart and entertain you for the next couple of hours. This is one boat that does not sink. A Strongly recommended watch!