Dil Dhadakne Do - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

A few laugh out loud moments, a smile through and through. A few real problems looked at superficially. Some #FirstWorldProblem you smile a cynical smile at. Unfortunately, a little shallow, a little too flaky and preachy too.



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33 reviewers have given Dil Dhadakne Do an average rating of 3.6/5.0 (?)

17 yays
3 nays
13 so-so

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Thumbs up by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...DDD is not flawless, but barring that nutty ending, I had a rollicking good time watching it because it is funny, believable and sweet, the cast is lovely and most of all, because now that I’ve seen it, I’ve fallen in love with both Ranveer Singh and Anil Kapoor.... full review

Thumbs up by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...Warts and all, 'Dil Dhadakne Do' is a delightful tale, albeit a tad too long (169 minutes). It takes a peek into the cracks of a dysfunctional family. It etches a beautiful episode of sibling love. It exposes the hypocrisy of the swish set. It tells you, like previous Zoya Akhtar films, to follow your heart. ... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com ...Having said that, Zoya never made a film keeping in mind the viewers out of the multiplex culture before and this isn’t an exception to her set followed (secure) path either. However for me, Ranveer and Anil were the only two life-boats in this big sinking ship full of great performers, which can also be rated as the weakest movie till date from director Zoya Akhtar.... full review

Thumbs up by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice ...DDD manages to state a point which many Indian kids struggle to explain to their parents – that every relation in addition to love also needs space to grow. In spite of the faults, DDD will definitely manage to bring a smile to your face when you walk out of the theatre. Do watch.... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, if you want to understand the nitty-gritty's (read 'the do's and don'ts) of a complex family relationship, then, do yourself and your family a favour by taking them to meet the Mehras this weekend. In simple words, DIL DHADAKNE DO makes for a decent watch.... full review

So-So by Tushar Joshi, Bollywood Life ...Dil Dhadakne Do boasts of a stellar ensemble, now only if we could say the same about the writing! You might want to get off this ship half way.... full review

Thumbs up by Vishal Kadam, BookmyShow ...It is very easy to get carried away when your star cast is filled with such gems. However, the director has done a great job handling every character. Ranveer Singh’s comic timing and witty dialogues keep you entertained throughout the film. Special mention to Pluto Mehra. Believe it or not, the dog is the only character that connects with you till the end. A little stretched and dragging, the movie could have done better if the redundant parts were taken out. Overall, you should watch this movie at least once! Check out what the people think about Dil Dhadakne Do!... full review

So-So by Shefali Saxena, Desi Martini ...Ranveer Singh is the only saving grace in Dil Dhadakne Do!... full review

So-So by Sara Naqvi, Desi Martini ...Watch it if you have nothing to do this weekend.... full review

Thumbs down by Krish Sripada, Desi Martini ...Too much funda, too little substance, too many stereotypes!... full review

So-So by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini ...I am sorry ji. My fondness for Anil Kapoor be damned but I cannot pretend like they do and fake my enthusiasm for this movie. I am getting off this ship. Coincidentally also a scene from this film.... full review

So-So by Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Desi Martini ... The movie could have been much more than a clichéd melodramatic family affair had the makers given greater importance to storytelling... full review

Thumbs up by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini ... It's ship of sinking relationships that finally finds it's lifeboat.... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...DDD would've been a lot of fun had it been shorter, crisper and less indulgent. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...Every member of the literally big ensemble cast in DDD, comes together to make it feel like a family. You have a quirky Punjabi clan and their oddball friends dancing and singing to some great music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. They’re in good looking locations with fancy clothes and luxurious ambiance. It’s an exclusive peek into the lifestyle of the rich and famous. There’s a decent well-rounded story as well. It’s the perfect exotic weekend getaway. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost ...The only genuine complaint of the film is that it is long. The first half of DDD moves at a sluggish pace. A tighter edit could probably have made this film even better. It hardly matters in such a likable film though and it’s great to see such a mainstream film with such a huge star cast deliver with such ease. Faith in Zoya Akhtar has been restored.... full review

Thumbs up by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com ...The songs are not very impressive, given that Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are the music directors. They are feet-tapping, but not memorable. The editing of the film, whose length runs to over 170 minutes, could have been crisper. The visuals, on the other hand, are a treat. Carlos Catalan, who has been associated with all of Zoya Akhtar's films, is careful not to be too intrusive with the camera, nor too experimental. He takes you straight into the spaces that the characters are in, and you almost forget that it is a two-dimensional medium that you are watching. He does insert some establishing shots of locations, and of the ship, but he does not overdo it.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com ...And though I have mentioned that every actor steals the show, for me it is Ridhima Sud, who powers through, in a very subtle, classy manner pushing her love story forward with meek enthusiasm. The music is cool to the point that you don't take anything home with you, but enjoy it while it lasts. Special mention must be made of the choreography by Bosco-Caesar. Superb. Every step falls in place! ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times ...There is hardly any takeaway from Dil Dhadakne Do and its characters are not likely to stay with you for long. Also, it would be hard for you and me to identify with the doubts and troubles of the morally ambiguous Mehra family. However, the film has a good starcast and that can dictate the game at the box office.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah are absolutely riveting as the Senior Mehras. Anil brings a natural pomposity to Kamal, and walks away with the film’s funniest moments. Watch how he reacts with utter surprise when a business rival gingerly makes a proposition that he’d all along orchestrated himself. Shefali, for her part, brings emotional heft. It’s hard not to connect with her character when, in a heartbreaking act of rebellion, she practically chokes herself on desserts. It’s a deeply affecting moment and one that you’ll wish the camera had stayed longer on, allowing us to take in the full extent of her misery.... full review

So-So by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...In all, Dil Dhadakne Do demands a lot of patience and stifling of yawns on the viewer's part. Zoya Akhtar tells her simple tale well, but weighs it down with too many relationships and too much of drama. So much so, that after a point, you're no longer interested in the goings-on in front of you. Watch it for the ensemble cast. And of course, Ranveer-Anushka.... full review

Thumbs up by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Dil Dhadakne Do is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is a high society drama that may tackle regular family issues too but may not suffice as entertainment for all. I am going with a 3/5 for this niche family drama.... full review

So-So by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint ...Still, I’m sure there will be plenty of viewers happy enough to see beautiful people visit beautiful places and engage with problems that they think are earth-shattering but are actually depressingly commonplace. ... full review

Thumbs up by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...If this film looks like an entertaining, escapist film at the outset, it is, but it is also much deeper than that. Watch it for sure. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/dil-dhadakne-do---movie-review/16265195#sthash.WwXyvdNk.dpuf... full review

Thumbs up by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...Apart from performances and the direction, it is the visual appeal of the film that makes it worth a watch, an element that has become Zoya's cinematic trademark now. If you are fed up of 'goody goody' family stories, 'Dil Dhadakne Do' should be on your 'to do' list this weekend.... full review

Thumbs up by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Dum??? Well the movie is an elite entertainer with decent performances and great moments attached to it. It's not as classy as Zoya's debut film 'Luck By Chance' or highly entertaining as 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara', but still has its own merits to end up as a decent watch. The masses might find it tiring, bland and boring, but for the ones who love such types of ensemble films will not be disappointed for sure. On an overall basis, 'Dil Dhadakne Do' is like having a Pani Puri in a five star hotel, which is totally healthy and looks visually appealing, lacking a bit over the spices.... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Yawn! Dil Dhadakne Do is a snoozefest and a surefire cure for insomnia.... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, Outlook India ...A couple of men turn out as interesting, be it an embattled rich man Kamal Mehra (Anil) or the son and the heir Kabir (Ranveer), who wants to fly planes rather than wallowing in the family business. It only helps that the entire cast is in fine fettle, specially the likeable, energetic Ranveer, the rock-solid Anil and Shefali and Priyanka and Anushka.... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do unravels like an entire season of soap opera condensed into a nearly three-hour movie that observes the clichés surrounding the affluent through wit and warmth but is, ultimately, too facile to rise above the charming fluff. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...There are some superb performances in store here. Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah are superb as the parent duo. Priyanka Chopra does full justice to her character, and makes us empathize with her situation. But it is Ranveer Singh who remains the absolute scene-stealer. Note the scene where he's laughing when his parents are offering him a bribe of sorts. The more they talk, the more he laughs. Or the moment where he has a final conversation with his family— he's simply supe... full review

So-So by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...It may not have been her original choice but Zoya’s ensemble cast keeps the narrative flowing even in choppy waters. Anil Kapoor is an absolute delight as the self-obsessed and manipulative Kamal Mehra and he is ably supported by Shefali Shah as the ostrich wife, who ignores being getting ignored. But the film belongs to Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh and they excel as siblings who stand for each other. For once Ranveer channelises his energy well and Priyanka goes beyond the pout to embrace a character that every much like the film is a gorgeous cross between stupid and smart.... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...But these are fleeting clouds on an otherwise beautiful sea, hosting a cruise which hilariously combines butter chicken with bruschetta while searching beyond Bollywood's emotional Botox for a family's warts - and its heart.... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...The music by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy is in sync with the feel of the film and seems fresh to the ears. The supporting characters too have done a great job in their parts and the film surely 'excels' in every sense. However, the pace is a little bit of a hindrance in the otherwise perfect venture.... full review