Dil Dhadakne Do. No Really, Dil Dhadakne Do!


Directed by Zoya Akhtar and acted in by a whole array of Bollywood superstars including Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar, Dil Dhadakne Do has entered the cinemas with a bang.

1 million views and countless controversies later, this movie has been the subject of everyone’s debate recently. However, my side of the controversy is rather atypical of the views of general folks. A perfect depiction of a loaded, Hindu family’s social norms and associated emotions, this movie gives us a reality check on how society really deliberates; not how we want it to.

With an over boastful and sentimental father, a conformist and sarcastic mother, a dutiful but unhappily married daughter and aviation-crazy-businessman son; Dil Dhadakne Do synopses the misadventures of this insane family-all through the duration of a cruise, and the dynamics that guide their choices. It takes us on a rollercoaster ride with this dysfunctional family along with their “companions” in their quests for affection and union amongst their “adarsh-parivaar”.

In our society today, it is expected of women to be submissive to their spouses. Although this philosophy is gradually fading, Dil Dhadakne Do establishes that such intellect has not been completely obliterated; but is rather carried out differently by individuals. It also talks about principles of bequeathing, especially by the male progeny- irrespective of his ambitions for being. Within this norm, not only males, but females are also disregarded. They are treated as objects to be shipped off as a husband’s burden, not eligible to be a part of her maiden-home- let alone business. Such are the social stigmas that are illustrated subtly but effectively in the movie.

One of the many reasons that Dil Dhadakne Do made its way to my Top 10 movies was because of the striking cinematography and relatable temperament of the film. It gave its audience a clear-cut view of how the social order really functions and does not sweep reality under the rug. Apart from this, the cast perfectly represents each fictional character and lets the spectators enjoy a wide range of performers- some known, some unknown. If not twice, this fast-paced and possibly crazy movie should be seen at least once. After all- it is an eye opener.


Meghna Gupta

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