It has a bunch of cardboard characters, it has a bunch songs that stick out like a sore thumb and it has a bunch of pseudo emotions that are just not relatable; well, we are talking about Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, that’s got all the looks but no soul.
The Mehra’s are a wealthy Punjabi family of five, Kamal (Anil Kapoor), Neelam (Shefali Shah), Ayesha (Priyanka), Kabir (Ranveer Singh) and Pluto.
The story starts with Pluto Mehra, the beloved dog of the Mehra’s, who has Aamir Khan behind the microphone for him, introducing his family.
The Mehra’s are wealthy Punjabi’s who hide their true feelings and shy away from real communication. Oops!! For starters, both Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti go wrong with this because either they can be Punjabi’s or they can hide their emotions.
Anyways, moving on, it’s Kamal and Neelam Mehera’s wedding anniversary and along with their entire family and friends, they are off on a luxury cruise around Europe.
As they all are having fun and dealing with their own issues, in walks Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma), a dancer and Sunny (Farhan Akhtar) who happens to be Ayesha’s former best friend.
Now we have Ayesha’s patriarchal husband Manav (Rahul Bose) and her so called boyfriend Sunny on the same cruise.
What’s funny is the fact that Ayesha, a businesswoman who has made it to Forbes Top Ten, is married to Manav, who has allowed his wife to work despite the fact that no woman in his family has done so earlier and this is a huge issue between the two as Ayesha is busy as a bee.
Oops!! Once again, both Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti go wrong with this because both Ayesha and Manav are well educated, they come from affluent families and an issue like this can be handled in a very matured manner, rather than looking at parting ways. Sadly, lets not get into logics and move on.
Now if this was not confusing, we have Papa Kamal trying to get his son Kabir married, but then Kabir falls for Farah. Gosh!! It’s getting too claustrophobic.
Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti have come up with a story that deals with frivolous and almost non existent juvenile issues. It’s hard to believe that the rich and mighty of the Delhi society are so not connected to the ground realities.
The only characters that are real and endearing are that of Shefali Shah, Parmeet Sethi Manoj Pahwa Divya Seth, Preeti Mamgain And Vandana Sajnani Khattar.
They may not have huge parts, but then they leave a lasting impression on you.
All said and done, Zoya Akhtar has always created a film that one could relate. Luck By Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and the Sheila Ki Jawani segment in Bombay Talkies (2013), touched our hearts, but this one is all over the place.
Too many characters, too many layers and too many stories. The script just meanders all over and at the end, Dil Dhadakne Do comes across an empty vessel.
You just cannot connect with this one. Sad but true!!