Dum Laga ke Haisha | Movie Review 27 Feb 2015   339


Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, Sheeba Chaddha, Alka Amin
Direction: Sharat Katariya
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Duration: 1 hour 51 minutes

Critics Review

Times of India (TOI):

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an unlikely quasi-original offering from the stable that in recent past has made sincere efforts to defy the conventional notions of love. This film might further the cause of breaking away from the bastion but it reeks of predictability. Sharat Kataria pulls off a quaint-yet-flawed film. Set in circa 1995 in Haridwar, he carefully refrains from creating a staple, syrupy affair. The film’s first hour sails smoothly sans hiccups, but the second half can be faulted for unspooling tediously.
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Bollywood Hungama:

What’s common to Katrina Kaif, Rekha, Sridevi, Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Preity Zinta, Parveen Babi, Neetu Singh? Well, besides the fact that they are all talented and look eternally beautiful in their hourglass figures, they all are the quintessential ‘Yash Raj heroine’. Yash Raj Films (YRF), which has always been synonymous with Swiss Alps, chiffon sarees and its choice of heroines, for the first time ever, introduces a ‘weighty heroine’, named Bhumi Pednekar in this week’s release DUM LAGA KE HAISHA.
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Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a series of riveting moments that make you moist in the eye and chuckle with joy, says Sukanya Verma. We like to think of ourselves as special. We like to believe we deserve someone special. We mistake special for perfection. When we realise what it truly means, we come of age.
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Dum Laga Ke Haisha, written and directed by Sharat Katariya, is worth its weight in gold. It is crafted with a string of wonderfully well-written scenes that flow seamlessly into each other, eventually culminating in a heart-warming climax. The film plays primarily with emotions but not for a moment does it stray anywhere near what might be deemed excessive. Produced by Band Baaja Baaraat director Maneesh Sharma and presented by YRF’s Aditya Chopra, the film tells a slice-of-life love story that is exceptionally unconventional, and not simply because of the heroine’s body type.
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DUM LAGA KE HAISHA is an ‘offbeat, mainstream cinema’. Kudos to Yashraj films for trying something as different as this, where the female protagonist weighs 85 kgs and is as confident and smart and beautiful as any of the air-brushed figures we see on magazine covers. The film belongs to Bhumi Pednekar who plays the role of Sandhya, a 22-year-old educated woman who wants to get married to someone who loves and respects her.
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Indian Express:

The first thing you should know about ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ is that it has a story. Verily, the thing that movies ought to have before they get made, the very thing that Bollywood forgets, unbelievably, so often. The story is the basis of a solid, honest-to-goodness script, a lead couple that wins you over gradually but surely, and a bunch of actors who know exactly where they are at.
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