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What happens when you put members of a crazy dysfunctional Punjabi family on a luxury cruise trip? Find out in the star studded trailer of one of the most anticipated films of 2015, 'Dil Dhadakne Do'.

Directed By: Zoya Akhtar

Produced By: Ritesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhtar

Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor & Shefali Shah.

Story by: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar (the team of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

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Release Date: 5th June, 2015 


Five Things That Others Are Saying About The Movie:


#1. As per Hindustan Times- This cruise isn't docking anywhere. Giving a rating of 2/5, Rohit Vats in HT says that unlike Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, in this Zoya Aktar movie the journey is long, less memorable, and screeching to a halt often. He says that there is hardly any takeaway from Dil Dhadakne Do and its characters are not likely to stay with you for long.

#2. As per the Indian Express- Heart develops a big beat for Mr and Mrs Mehra. Although giving it a low 2.5/5 star rating, Shubhra Gupta in Indian Express feels that both Priyanka Chopra and Anushka Sharma, who trails off, are better than the parts written for them. Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah bring a real sting to their interactions; she is the best part of this film, and he is not far behind.

#3. The Times of India calls it a "Desi Drama- With Global Style", giving it a 4 out of 5 star. Sirjana Mitra Das of TOI says that the film redefines the Bollywood family drama.

#4. As per Mid-Day, this is a classic example of how when a pertinent, contemporary story (Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar) meets a stellar star cast and near perfect direction (Zoya Akhtar), it results in a wholesome film good enough to be taken home to mum. Shubha Shetty-Saha from Mid-Day gives it a whopping 4/5 stars.

#5. And finally the people who saw it- either they are simply loving it or walking out with a headache :). Either they are recognizing that underlines the importance of keeping the channel of communication with kids open or they are finding the whole movie a mambo jumbo of too many things to walk away with any real lessons learnt.

TO THAT WE SAY ...

Clearly if and when you see the movie (if you haven't already), you'll either like it or you won't. However, here is the thing, once in a while a movie comes along that may be way overboard, but in its loudness, or lack of subtlety, its extravagance or lack of reality, it still manages to pave the way for a good discussion. We feel this is one such movie. so go watch it folks- if only to dramatically declare that you hated it :). 

WHAT DOES THE BOX OFFICE COLLECTIONS SAY ABOUT THE MOVIE?

According to Koimoi, the movie was expected to do well and beat the 13 crore collection of Gabbar Is Back. However, it had to settle for 10.5 crore on Friday, day 1 of release. As for the weekend collections, with 37.05 crores, it didn't manage beat Tanu Weds Manu Returns' opening weekend collections.

 MOVIE REVIEW: Updated on 6/24/2015

Five Things That We Have To Say About The Movie:

#1. The Cast:

Ranveer Singh once again proves the plethora of talent that he embodies. We knew that post his early releases like Band Baaja Baaraat(2010) and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011), but somewhere along the line he had gotten sucked into the largely over-acting world of Bollywood, losing his serious- about- acting aura. With this movie, he completely impresses- his body language, dialogue delivery, facial expressions- all seem to work together to portray the role of the younger Mehra sibling. He gets a 10 on 10 for this one.

As for the others, the film makers deserve an award for casting Priyanka Chopra in the role of the older Mehra progeny, but even deserving of praise is their choice of Anil kapoor and Shefali Shah for the role of the parents. Moving away from casting Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini (or likes) as parents was sheer genius. Anil Kapoor made the role look like tailor made for him. He is superb. His wardrobe and style deserves a mention too- kudos to the costume designer to make Mr. Mehra look like a real life character. Shefali Shah as a young looking mother was very much in keeping with the times. As always, she plays her part to perfection. 

Anushka Sharma and Farhan Aktar do not have a lead part, but we all know they impress in every screen they are in.

Everyone else was nothing but convincing in their parts- be it the chacha or the chachi, the plain-looking cousins, the manager, or just the gossiping friends.

Aamir Khan's voice that we hear as the narrator's, works well too- both in idea and implementation.


#2. The Cruise

For the most part, the movie plays out on the cruise. And that was a clever and an innovative idea. Firstly because this has not been done before and secondly because it provides the perfect podium for the constantly unfolding drama. It was the perfect rostrum for the ostentatious lifestyle portrayed. The various ports were the perfect breaks for the eyes, while the activities on the ship offered the ideal tie-ups with the story. Full marks for basing the story on the cruise.


#3. The Plot

The Mehra couple, in their fifties, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with young children in their early twenties, were the master stroke in the story line. The siblings' tales had its own merits. In fact, every angle was interesting and intriguing- making you wonder at how you would react.


#4. The Jokes

The jokes- they are funny. You have to watch it and know more.


#5. The Takeaway

Here lies the core value of the movie. As you watch the movie and later reflect on it, you're sure to not miss the several points made throughout the movie- the must-learn lessons, the eye-openers that would surely cause you to pick up several discussions with your kids- on career choices, about speaking your mind, on relationships- what to ignore and what is not okay, what to accept and what is inadmissible. Most importantly, you end up discussing whether and when to stay in the marriage- an important discussion in today's world.


Over all ...

There is literally nothing that is not good about the movie. Well, except that 12 and under will likely not appreciate the pace and the messages therein.

Dil Dhadakne Do is a must-watch movie with your teenagers. Discuss with them the relationship with spouse, with parents. Also drive home the importance of speaking your mind, making the right choices, getting out of unhappy situations. I watched the movie with my teenage daughter and you bet I talked to her about marriage and relationships. I told her to never depend on a man to create a world full of happiness for you. I told her to create her own world of joy and then find a deserving man to share that world with.


WHAT ABOUT YOU? DID YOU SEE IT? LIKED IT? DO YOU AGREE?


By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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