Humty Sharma Ki Dulhania: Nothing New about this Dulhania
“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” is not only a movie for a lot of us, but it is an experience which I have re-visited God knows how many times, that I have lost count….
“Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” is a tribute to the cult classic “DDLJ”, and Shahshank Khaitan who debuts as a director with this movie tries to replicate the Raj & Simran magic with Humty & Kavya the two principle characters of this movie. But unfortunately the magic just does not happen.
Story & Screenplay written by Shahshank tries to replicate a lot of sequences from “DDLJ”, like the cool father of Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan) or the quintessential strict typical Punjabi dad of Ambala girl Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt). Kavya’s Father Mr Singh (Ashutosh Rana) fixes her marriage to his childhood friend’s son Angad (Sidharth Shukla). Kavya meets Humpty in Delhi, when she visits Delhi for her trousseau shopping or should I say lehenga and invariably falls in love with ever so imperfect Humpty Sharma. Humpty lands at her wedding celebrations in Ambala and confesses his love for Kavya to his father, well after which it is predictable and this is where the movie falters, there is nothing new. It has some moments especially the sequences with Humpty and his friends Shonty and Poplu or sequences when Kavya is pulling Humpty’s leg. But it clearly misses the real core of the story, it is the love angle. There are no sequences which really help to develop the chemistry of the lead pair.
It is the dialogues written by Shahshank himself which lifts the screenplay. The dialogues are funny, witty and catchy. The lingo is typical Delhi as per the setting.
The performance of the lead pair Varun and Alia is crackling, especially Alia’s, she is getting better with each movie. Varun as Humpty fits the bill and portrays his character well. Alia as Kavya overshadows all with her typical Punjabi girl act. Ashutosh Rana as Kavya’s father is good. But it is Humpty friends Shonty played by Gaurav Pandey and Poplu played by Sahil Vaidya who add the zing to the narration; both the actors have done a brilliant job. Sidharth Shukla is introduced in this movie but he has very less scope and as his character is not developed well, nevertheless his good boy act is pleasant but there is no histrionics which is displayed by the debutant.
Music which is the highlight of all Dharma Production movies, unfortunately is average in this movie, excluding the peppy “Saturday Saturday” and the romantic “Samjhavan” rendered beautifully by Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal and music by Sharib-Toshi ,are two of the best tracks, rest fails to impress.
The production design by Parichit Paralkar is realistic and it is complimented well with Neha Parti’s cinematography which is true to the setting and narration of the movie.
Shashank Khaitan’s direction shows a spark but it is the weak story & screenplay which fails him. Overall “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” is an average fair and worth one watch. So if you have nothing to do go for this movie, I will go with 3 stars…
Movie Rating: (3 / 5)