Ayushmann and Bhumi's mismatched saga has 'Dum'!
By Supriya Nair
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar
Director: Sharat Katariya
Rating - ***
Set against the backdrop of the musical era of the 90's in Haridwar, the film starts off with Prem, (Ayushmann Khurrana) a simpleton, who is forced into marrying Sandhya, (Bhumi Pednekar) an educated, overweight girl.
Unqualified and aimless, he runs a small time family cassette shop. While Sandhya is head over heels in love with him, even the thought of spending the night with her gives him the chills. She soon realizes that her husband has married her against his will and things go for a toss when Prem gets drunk and insults her in front of his friends. On the brink of separation, Prem and Sandhya's quirky little tale, treads on a journey to form new beginnings.
The first half of the film very humorously depicts a very typical north Indian family with funny innuendos you are bound to laugh at. The movie moves at a slow pace with much laughs at regular intervals. The nostalgic eras of the 90's give a beautiful look and feel to film. Sharat Kataria's script is not just plausible, but humorous in more ways than one.
There's a scene in the film where both the characters express their feelings by playing different songs on their tape recorder, especially with Kumar Sanu's magical masterpieces which were the roaring rage of that era. You can't help but crack up at their idiosyncrasies. Supporting characters like Prem's father played by Sanjay Mishra and aunt played bySheeba Chaddha have hilarious outtakes to the most mundane situations. After the debacle of Hawaizaada, Ayushmann sets the ball rolling as the shy and timid Prem in Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Newbie, Bhumi Pednekar takes the cake with her acting prowess. Be it the shyness of a newlywed bahu or nervousness of her wedding night she gets it right to the T. The background score, although overwhelming, moves perfectly well along the storyline.
This mismatched love story comes straight from the heart and is worth a watch!
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