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Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Shukla, Ashutosh Rana
Director: Shashank Khaitan
The film was released on July 11, 2014. As it’s been a while since we got to see romances on the big screen and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was compared to my most favourite Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, we decided to see the film on the very next day at Cinemax Sion.
Rakesh Sharma aka Humpty (Varun Dhawan) is not the brightest student at a college in Delhi. His father owns a book shop and is keen that his son finishes graduation before joining the family business. Humpty loafs around and threatens the professors to make him pass.
Kavya (Alia Bhatt) is the second daughter of Singh (Ashutosh Rana) and is engaged to NRI Angad Bedi (Siddharth Shukla). Living in a small town, Kavya dreams of purchasing a designer gaghra choli for her wedding. She goes to Delhi in the pretext of attending her friend’s wedding, but with the main idea to make money and buy the dress of her dreams.
Humpty and Kavya run into one another and the inevitable happens as they fall in love. Will her father agree to the change in bridegroom? And what about Angad? Will he be ready to give up his fiancée? You have to see the film to find out.
Well, I suppose you can compare this film to DDLJ as the story loosely runs along the lines of the original, with the story idea adapted to present times. But it’s nothing short of a sin to compare Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania to the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol blockbuster. DDLJ’s story, music, actors, direction and more were all a class apart. I can still watch the film for probably the 20th time. HSKD is nothing compared to that.
That said, I have to mention that Alia Bhatt has proved yet again that she’s a born actor. She was simply awesome in her role as Kavya. I especially liked her quiet way of accepting her life without any tantrum or drama – just a tear slipping down her cheek on the morning of her wedding. A special Kudos! I did watch 2 States and Highway but never got around to reviewing the films. Alia Bhatt is just moving from strength to strength and is a joy to watch on the big screen.
Varun Dhawan is a good actor and has done well in his role as Humpty Sharma. While he emotes well on screen, I need to see more films of his to understand whether he has a range to portray as an actor. Somehow, I don’t have much faith. He’s not bad and that’s it.
Siddharth Shukla plays the perfect gentleman, alpha male, healthy doctor. There wasn’t much acting to do for his part. He was alright.
Ashutosh Rana has come back to the big screen after a very long time. I am surprised why he hasn’t been seen more as he makes a good villain as well as character actor. He was good in this film – an angry father who’s unable to hide the twinkle at the back of his eyes.
The film is not too bad with a number of song-dance sequences. One can excuse them considering that a big fat Indian wedding is in the offing.
VERDICT: You can watch it if you are a fan of Alia Bhatt. There’s not much else to recommend in the film.