Skip to main content

Har Dil Dhadakne Do - Why Dil Dhadakne Do is a must watch!

To satisfy the curiosity of the people around is often the one thing that comes above everything for an Indian citizen blinded by the notions of age-old patriarchy. What makes Dil Dhadakne Do beautifully relevant is how the movie successfully attempts in deconstructing this very notion.

priyanka chopra

The self-made Ayesha Mehra (Priyanka Chopra)

A dysfunctional Mehra family goes for a cruise on the occasion of the 30th wedding anniversary of Kamal and Neelam Mehra. The extent of patriarchy becomes visible right from the invitation card sent for the same. The Mehra’s intentionally remove Aysha Mehra’s name from the card. Reason? 'Shaadi ke baad ladki parayi ho jaati hai!' (The girl belongs to another family after marriage) Their first child Aysha Mehra, the one behind the invitation, herself gets no place in the card!

 But Aysha forgives, as usual, because Ayesha has spent her entire life thwarting her desires. She has the confidence to build a successful business but can’t summon the strength to confront her parents.  This is what makes Ayesha so stunningly relatable to every Indian woman.

farhan akhtar

The Charmer Sunny Singh (Farhan Akhtar)

Sunny Singh, Ayesha teenage love, becomes our love too just with limited yet really impactful scenes. “Since when did she need your permission to go for a job”, Sunny asks Manav, Ayesha’s husband, as he boasts of his pompous open-mindedness in letting’ his wife work. In this very scene, we feel sorry for Ayesha for having let go of Sunny. 

And when we come to know that Sunny didn’t return in spite of Ayesha’s insisting because he wanted to make something of himself so that worthy enough to marry her, we are left desperate to see them get back together.

ranveer singh

Childish yet lovable Kabir Mehra (Ranveer Singh)

Kabir Mehra, the youngest child to the Mehra couple is just another Freebird who is being forcefully caged by his parents in the name of legacy, reputation, and status. 

An aspiring pilot, Kabir is suited up to take in charge of the family business. In spite of having the right business acumen, Ayesha is completely ruled out from inheriting the family business because patriarchy demands the male child to take over the family business!  

Though a bit immature, Kabir has a good heart. He falls for Farah Ali just because he sees in her what he wants to be -  carefree and completely in charge of one’s life, having the freedom to make choices and living with full passion. It is she who gives him the courage to break free and run for what excites you.


Kamal and Neelam Mehra (Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah)

Kamal and Neelam Mehra have never been very kind and understanding of their kids. They forced Ayesha into a marriage she was not prepared for and pushed Kabir into the family business he never asked for. 

But the couple does not come out as villains. They are just another Indian couple who like everyone else are trying to do according to the principle of 'Log KyaKahenge'(What will people say). They cover up their acrimonious marriage in the shades of “adjustment’”. When Kamal asks Neelam why she never left him in spite of his extramarital affairs, she replies “Where was I supposed to go?” She had nowhere to go and so she silently ignored everything in her troubled marriage. The idea of 'Shaadi me adjust karna padta hai'(Adjustments are normal in marriage) resonates well through Neelam Mehra.

A trip can change a lot of things. It did for the Mehras too. It was a satisfaction to watch Ayesha walk out of an unhappy marriage and see Kabir run to get back to Farah as much as it was to see Kamal Mehra stand up for his daughter and also apologize to his wife Neelam.

 The movie doesn’t end with all are happy because, in a dysfunctional Indian family, things are never going to be easy and smooth. What the movie concludes with is how to stand up for each other and not fit into the molds made by societal norms and convictions. Or in short - 'Har Dil Dhadakne Do'


Popular posts from this blog

Manic Pixie Dream Girl - A Pop-Culture Cliche We Need to Get Rid of

She is beautiful and eccentric. Maybe she dyed her hair and has a different hair cut. 
She is coy, vivacious, and an enigma.
She is sexually adventurous and full of energy. She makes your dull life worth living and makes you see the world from a different perspective.
Sounds relatable? Yes, she is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
Let me put it in a much simpler way.

What is Manic Pixie Dream Girl?
The origin of the pop-culture cliché Manic Pixie Dream Girl happened way back in 2007 when film critic Nathan Rabin coined the term after watching the Hollywood film “Elizabeth Town”. He defined the term as – “female character who exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures.”

Manic Pixie Dream Girls don’t have a story of their own. Their only purpose is to make the gloomy, directionless life of leading men in movies brighter and happier. If you ask me a list of movies with Ma…

Genuine and Brilliant Time Travel Attempt-JL 50 Sony LIV Review

Rating - 3.5/5A remote village  in West Bengal witnessed a plane crash on a very normal day. Further investigation on the plane crash reveals that it’s JL50, a plane that took off from Calcutta in 1984 and went missing. And now after 35 years, the plane has reappeared from nowhere. There are just 2 survivors of the crash, the pilot Bhiu Ghosh and Professor BC Mishra. Surprisingly they haven’t aged a bit. It is from this point that the mystery takes off, changing the entire mood of the series.Abhay Deol plays Shantanu, a CBI officer in charge of the investigation of the mystery plane crash. Must agree he has made an amazing comeback with this 4 episode web series. In his journey to find the truth behind JL50, many secrets unfold. We are hinted about time travel in the first episode itself. But to experiment with such a bold and in-depth topic, proper foundation to the idea is needed with a pinch of audacity. And the makers have both. JL50 is convincing as a time-traveling movie and use…

Why there won't be a Fleabag Season 3 - Series Review

Rating- 4/5
Watch on - Amazon Prime

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Fleabag confirmed that there won't be a season 3 for this critically acclaimed series. It makes sense on so many levels. The season series is complete in itself and there is no reason to drag it for another season.
Here's everything about season 1 and 2 of Fleabag on Amazon Prime Videos
To be brief, Fleabag is humorously heart-breaking. Fleabag is a series revolving around the life of a 30 something-year-old immature and careless woman whose name is never mentioned throughout the series. 
It's a really strange name; Fleabag! Nowhere are we mentioned her name nor do we know the meaning of Fleabag. We just assume that her name is Fleabag.

We see her struggling with her Café business and dealing with family aggression. Something from the keeps tormenting her throughout Season 1 at the end of which the reason for grief is disclosed. Her hypersexual instinct forces her into having meaningless sex, which is what got h…

Meddling between art and faith, but with ambiguity - Halal Love Story

Connecting the boundaries of faith and artistic freedom, that’s what Zakkariya Edayur’s second feature film Halal Love Story humorously attempts. And doing so without looking down at either the people’s faith or artistic freedom is where Halal Love Story strikes a score. The film starts with a speech recording about the 9/11 attack on the d Trade Centre, to remind us of the timeframe the film is set in. A progressive Muslim religious association feels an under-representation of their community and its ideals and to spread the real idea of Islam to a wider audience, they decide to work on a larger medium-Cinema. Thoufeeq (Sharaf U Deen), a gentle, decent school teacher along with Rahim Sahib (Nazar Karutheny) come up with a script and find a suitable director, Siraj (Joju George). In the first 20-30 minute, we are left doubtful whether the religious tone has been overdone with too many references and citations. But as we move across the film, what awaits us is a barrel of laughter with…

10 Best Amazon Prime Web Series to Binge in 2020

With the pandemic being nowhere near to end,OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Videoare our only savior from boredom. Amazon Prime Video has become India's personal theatre that they can carry around anywhere and anytime. Here's a list of some of the best amazon prime original series that need to be on your binge list.
1. FleabagThis is a show that needs to be on your binge list. Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge's one-woman play adaptation of the same name, Fleabag is a 2 season 12 episode series that revolves around the life of a 30-year-old woman. She is a complete mess. There is hardly anything that she has done right in her life. She uses sex as her escape from her complicated emotions. The entire series is about she transforms into a more mature person, accepting her mistakes and also falling in love. 
2. The Family ManThe Family Man is one of the most exciting, thrilling, and entertaining series I have seen in recent times. It's a complete package. While his family is co…

New Girl in the City - Aisha Banerjee from Wake Up Sid

‘The New Girl in the City’ is how Aisha Banerjee (played by Konkana SenSharma) from Wake Up Sid(directed by Ayan Mukherjee) summarizes her experience of being in a totally new city for the first time, all by herself. The new city does not have to be Mumbai all the time like in Aisha’s case. It can be moving into a hostel for college, or relocating to another state or country for better job opportunities or anything similar but, the excitement the experience offers is as liberating as it is scary.
We find ourselves confused and lonely because we have left behind the only world we ever knew. And now in the hustle of the city, we find ourselves surrounded by people who speak, eat, and dress differently. Aisha who has come all the way from Kolkata to make it big in Mumbai as a writer goes through the same emotions. But in the chaos, she finds freedom and a sense of self, a will to explore more, and above all she finds independence, the one thing that she came for.
It can be totally uncomf…

Debunking the Myth of Female Sexual Pleasure - Lust Stories and Others

Devi (played by Richa Chadda) from Masaan is a lowly small-town girl from Banaras. But one fine day her world turns around and she is branded as a prostitute. What did she do? She involved in a consensual sexual relationship with her boyfriend. It was not those usual ‘got carried away at the moment’ clichés we usually see in movies. It was intentional and planned because she wanted to explore her sexuality. But the judgemental eyes of our society, ignorant of female sexual desire ruined her plan and framed her as a prostitute.
A woman wanting more in a relationship is always compared to a prostitute. The idea of sexual intimacy has categorized women as just givers and not takers. In an Indian marriage sexual compatibility is never a criterion because, in the end, women are just receptacles for men. Any complaints regarding the same are redirected to nowhere. The general idea of sex in India is all about continuing the hierarchy. In simple words, sex is seen more like a procedure to jus…