So you have been kicked about Kumar Sanu returning with Dard Karaara? Been feeling nostalgic ever since the song was released on YouTube? Book your tickets right away! Sharat Katariya's Dum Laga Ke Haisha does not disappoint a bit in this arena - that of nostalgia. There is even a guest appearance by the Bollywood singer.
Dum Laga Ke Haisha came out this Friday and if light-hearted, close-to-life warm stories minus the typical Yash Raj-mush is what you are looking for, this is where you stop. The film traces the story of a couple, forced into arranged marriage, coming to terms with the struggles of living with a complete stranger.
Sharat, who has also written Dum Laga Ke Haisha, has ensured the minutest details are in place in the story that is set in late 80s / early 90s. Prem aka Lappu (Ayushmann) is a young lad who fails to clear his matriculation exams and is forced to live according to the dictates of his parents. Why? Because he turned out to be too 'nalayak'. This was an age when, if you were brilliant at studies, you earned a right to demand anything from your parents. But if you were not, you were literally forced into anything and everything.
So, Prem is forced to marry 'fat and ugly' Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) because her B.Ed degree promises a fixed government salary for the in-laws - something they desperately need. And thus starts a tussle between the couple: Sandhya's struggle to seduce her husband and Prem's struggle to come to terms with the fact that he is married to an ugly, fat woman who thinks too much of herself. Too chaotic?
That is what sets Dum Laga Ke Haisha apart from the typical, dreamy and fluffy Yash Raj Film romance. It is a love story that does not give you diabetes with sugary romance but focuses on the day-to-day lives of two strangers, turned husband-wife. It shows that it gets messy when two strangers share everything, from the room to their bed, that romance can bloom on the banks of Ganga, and not always in Switzerland or Shimla or Manali and that a lot of hard work and compromises are required both for the groom's family and the bride to make a marriage work. At times, it gets too grimy to handle, yet Dum Laga Ke Haisha portrays all of that beautifully.
Bhumi Pednekar is a brilliant find. She fits the role of a woman who is not necessarily good looking but is intelligent and has a very sorted outlook towards life. Sanjai Mishra, as expected, overpowers everyone around him with his acting prowess. Ayushmann, does not exactly shine out in the lot but is not too bad either. All the other actors - right from Ayushmann's friends to the families of both the lead actors - are fun to watch.
Varun Grover deserves a special mention here, mainly because his lyrics bring back the flavour of the 90s.
If you belong to post-90s generation, you may still find Dum Laga Ke Haisha worth a dekko if warm and light-hearted fun is what you are looking for.