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A warm film about a mundane arranged marriage. One you can watch again despite convenient climax.Read more
Do you fall in love and get married or get married and then learn to love? What if you learn to hate instead of learn to love? What if the whole thing starts in one's resentment towards the other for no fault of the others? What's new about it anyway? Not in India, anyway. What makes Dum Laga Ke Haisha such a warm film, then? A film which has characters that wear their weaknesses on their sleeves to make the film charmingly close to real life – save for the climax, of course.
Prem aka Lappu (Ayushmann Khurrana) has been no good at academics and loves Kumar Sanu. He is pretty much considered good for nothing by all around and in return is cynical about the world around. Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) is educated, mature and is submissive but won't take nonsense lying down either. She's a woman's woman who has no self-worth issues.
She is also not the conventional definition of good-looking either. And therein lies the crux of the conflict in the film. With very little to go on, other than gut-feel an arranged marriage relies a whole lot on how the other person looks. And Prem gets pressurized into marrying someone who he doesn't like at first look. So, why does he get married at all? Well, he is considered a good for nothing, remember? And what voice does a suppressed lad have when he has achieved little in life, right?
That there is a pointer at the scores of social dynamics in an arranged marriage – pressure, gut, looks, submissiveness and so on. Dum Laga Ke Haisha has captured it all so well and in just the right measure to not make it dramatic and yet keeping you completely engrossed.
Sure, it falls into the historic, cop-out trap of both a quick, convenient finish and dramatizing the events. But it tries. It tries with the right ingredients that work well – conversations in a relationship. Unfortunately, there aren't enough of them to make events believable. I understand, there is always the risk of too many conversations and the danger of the run-time slipping across the two-hour zone. But, the balancing act left a little something lacking.
Fortunately, it wasn't the performances. Of course, no film about ordinary domestic squabbles can manage to create warmth without ace acting by all involved. And that is exactly what Dum Laga Ke Haisha has. From the lead roles to the ones on the side you know which one is likely to behave in what sort of a way in the given situation. The bitterness, the selfishness, the momentary pleasure and the pain all come through.
Yet, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is not a very serious film. Sure, it addresses a social flaw and how the people that make the same society are coping with it. At the same time it isn't too satirical or dark. It brings a smile because the characters have their quirks and keeps you interested because the characters are like you and me, only with different quirks. What else can one ask from a film that aims to do exactly that! And this once I mean that in a nice way.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Kudos to director Sharat Katariya for telling a moving tale simply and effectively. Kudos to producer Maneesh Sharma for backing this wonderful project. And kudos to Yash Raj Films for supporting a good film. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Subramanian Haikumar, Bollywood Life : ...If you want to relive the times when life was much simpler, then Dum Laga ke Haisha is the movie for you. Packed with some wonderful performances by the entire cast, the film tells a sweet story, with plenty of comic punches to keep you entertained. Watch it for Bhumi Pednekar who has shown great promise. In closing, I would like to say, go watch Dum Laga ke Haisha with no expectations and more often than not you would leave the theatre with a faint smile lingering on your face.... full review
Thumbs up, Daily Bhaskar : ...The film is a must watch for the 90s lovers who continue to listen to Kumar Sanu’s hits from that era on Youtube. Even so, catch it for its simple story and very genuine performances as it comes as a break from loud Bollywood romantic projects that leave you with false ideas about love.... full review
Thumbs up, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...The best from YRF in recent times, this one wins you over... full review
Thumbs up, by Sidhant Shori, Desi Martini : ...- A simple, straightforward and charming flick that you should definitely go for!... full review
Thumbs up, by Parampara Patil Hashmi, Desi Martini : ... A small film with a large heart that makes you laugh, cry and happily reminisce the 90’s.... full review
Thumbs up, by Aneela Zeb Babar, Desi Martini : ...Picture Mai Hai Dum..For you know Vande Matram Land.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...Dum Laga ke Haisha is one of the most honest and feel-good films in a long time – definitely go for it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...There are some great musical compositions by Anu Malik in the film. It’s a pity they’re not used as much through the final cut as would in another commercial film. Reason being, the story doesn’t really require that much music, but when that music plays in DLKH, it creates the perfect mood. This film is based in the ’90s, it even has a cameo by Kumar Sanu. And that treatment for this story is perfectly novel. A lot of thought and effort has been put into making this film. You’ll appreciate the seamless intertwining of humour and drama. And acting performances that are phenomenal.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajyasree Sen, FirstPost : ...The only letdown in Dum Laga ke Haisha down is the ending, which seems a little too happy and pat. But this is a film meant to make you smile and believe in love. Go watch the film, I highly recommend it.... full review
Thumbs up, by Zehra Abbas, fullhyd.com : ...It's deliciously ironic that Dum Laga Ke Haisha is produced by the Chopras, who wrote the book on formulaic, Bollywood romance. In today's India, with airbrushed photos and teen depression due to skewed body images, this film sends out a brave message by casting a beautiful, appealing, plus-size heroine. Sandhya is vibrant and happy, comfortable with her sexuality, and speaks her mind. The audience is reminded of the lyrics from one of the songs - "ordinary nahin, deluxe dhoondenge". Full marks to the makers for correcting our vocabulary and proving that "fat" is actually "deluxe".... full review
Thumbs up, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Ayushman, too lends credence to his part with a studied approach to his character who uncorks his bottled rage with his friends, something he cannot do with his father. Sanjay Mishra comes good once again as Prem's father. The support cast too lend support to make this film what it is. A word for the sets: authentic. DUM LAGA KE HAISHA is different as different can be. The premise is also believable.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Simple and breezy, while at the same time evocative of life in small-town India, Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a charming film that you really shouldn't miss. I'm going with three-and-a-half out of five.... full review
Thumbs up, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...That's just a minor quibble because Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one of those rare family entertainers which tick all the right boxes.... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Khilnani, india today : ...Nevertheless what's important is that Dum Laga Ke Haisha is different and it will make you smile.... full review
Thumbs up, by Saurabh Dwivedi, india today : ...If you like good movies, are looking for meaning of love in marriage, are fat or thin, pay heed to physical apprearance more in pairing up two individuals, like films with real set-up or if you like hatke movies, then Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a good choice.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...I’m humming its lovely song, ‘Yeh Moh Moh Ke Dhaage’, written by lyricist Varun Grover: the words are better than the tune, and they fit right into the movie. Because what else remains, other than these threads of affection? Dum hai.... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a straight from the heart film which is easy to connect to. The characters are beautifully crafted and the love story is heart-melting. No over the top dances, shoddy music and bad climaxes, this is YRF’s best films to have come recently.... full review
Thumbs up, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...One of the best romantic comedies to come out of Bollywood, 'Dum Lagaa Ke Haisha' steadily grows on you and warms the cockles of your heart even before you realise it. By the end of it, you might just want to go and hug the people in your life who you otherwise take for granted.... full review
Thumbs up, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...Still, these are minor things in the bigger scheme of things as Sharat Katariya's apt handling of the entire 'divorce hearing' scene at court is worth the price of ticket! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum? Well, there is a good amount of dum for all those who love to see, feel good films with slice of life type of theme attached to it. The whole concept, treatment and performances in 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' is enjoyable and will be loved by the family audiences. The youngsters might find them alienated with the theme of the film. Also, the middle portions if were taken care the movie would have ended among the list of great films in recent times. Nevertheless, a special thanks to Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma for bringing up such a unique romantic tale, which displays much more than the external and superficial love through this sweet and neat Indian film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...YRF hasn't produced a better film in years. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is more than just a must-watch. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Director Sharat Kataria weaves together a film that has enough heart, humour and romance to warrant a second-time watch. Do not miss!... full review
Thumbs up, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Dum na dikhao...Dum Lagaake dekho!... full review
Thumbs up, by RUMMANA AHMED, yahoo! India : ...Having said that, it’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a fun watch. What is in fact commendable is that a banner like Yash Raj Films has put its weight behind a project like this one. We always associate YRF with foreign locales, snowcapped mountains and chiffon-clad heroines – basically slick productions where everything looks perfect. It is heartwarming to see a relatable story with characters you can identify with.... full review
Thumbs up, by Aparna Mudi, Zee News : ...This movie is a feel good package and a must watch for those born in the 80s and the 90s simply to relive the decade. For those who are not, go for the performances. It is rare that a Bollywood movie makes you all warm, fuzzy and gooey from the inside – the experience is a must for those who love cinema.... full review
So-So, by bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...So made exactly as per the above probable instructions, DUM LAGA KE HAISHA does provide that light entertainment largely due to its nostalgic ambience, good performances and a comeback soundtrack by Anu Malik. But don’t look for any emotional depth or some exceptional storyline here offering something extra than what was there in its trailer. It’s a simple and sweet film intentionally made to make you smile without much thinking, sobbing or heavy hearts. So do give it a try if the description interests you.... full review
So-So, by suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...Though the film is emotionally unsure, it manages to extract some lovely performances from its sturdy ensemble of supporting actors. Ayushmann Khurrana as Prem, eventually the only keeper of the film’s artifice — a fat heroine — delivers an exceptionally astute performance,... full review
So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...Varun Grover deserves a special mention here, mainly because his lyrics bring back the flavour of the 90s. If you belong to post-90s generation, you may still find Dum Laga Ke Haisha worth a dekko if warm and light-hearted fun is what you are looking for.... full review
So-So, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Ayushmann Khurrana is great, giving his mostly pathetic character a sort of sullen, defiant dignity, and biting into the role rather sportingly. The new girl Bhumi Pednekar has a delightful smile, and is -- part sassy, in part pitiful, part heroic -- mostly impressively real, creating a genuine character. Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa from Ankhon Dekhi show up and shine here too, as does the excellent Sheeba Chaddha as the boy’s tyrannical aunt.... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, Times of India : ...But in the end, it isn't extraordinary, failing to rise above the idea that a fat girl needs some schmuck to complete her life. Undeniably, the smarts are visible in its original thinking but it doesn't translate into a satiating viewing experience.... full review
Virarlocal: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is such a sweet film!
vineet_chugh: Dum laga ke haisha brings the 90s alive with its art direction n audio cassettes. And it's Hrishikesh Basu Da kind of cinema. A good watch.
vikramsoman1: Dum laga ke haisha is @ayushmannk's Best! !!!!!! must must must must must must watch!!!!!!
vikram_mishra: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a lovely movie. @ayushmannk and @psbhumi are really good and thank you @yrf for producing this gem
vikasmohan_: #"Dum Laga Ke Haisha" A Simple & Superb Film,Congrats @ayushmannk @Sharatkatariya And Their Team for its Excellency A Must Watch Film !!!
varunvarghese: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an extremely well made film. That rare breed of Hindi romantic films with a very good female lead character.
Tushar9493: Dum laga ke haisha film most entertaining new style story
TheTrue_Face: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a nice movie. Must watch.
TheQtiyapaGuy: If there is one film that everyone should Watch n Wud enjoy it is Dum Laga Ke Haisha , Awsssm wrk by @ayushmannk n @psbhumi n SaratKataria
swapnildhaware1: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an adorable film.. @ayushmannk n @psbhumi u both lukng So cute.. N yes love comes in all size.. :)
Somoshree: Dum Laga ke Haisha you stole my heart !!!!!!! Must must must watch !!!!!
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skeetara: "Badlapur" & " Dum laga ke haisha "..beautifully made movies ..must see..
sitapurkanawab: Dum laga ke Haisha should not be missed!! After a very long time @yrf has something to offer. Such an honest performance by @psbhumi :) (y)
Silent_Poetry_: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a terrific film,finest form of realism i have ever seen since Ranjhana, ayushmann khurana is amazing,so is the heroine
Shw3tS: Dum laga ke haisha is such a cute movie.
ShrutiN: Dum laga ke Haisha is an absolutely delightful movie with brilliant performances that takes you on a nostalgic trip into the 90s. #mustwatch
shrutideora: Dum Laga Ke Haisha: simple, cute, funny, feel good, definitely worth a watch. #movies #Bollywood
shishirjain2707: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a sweet film. 90s nostalgia. @ayushmannk and @psbhumi are endearing and so are the supporting cast.
shazarch: Dum laga ke haisha is such a beautifully told story. Touched heart and soul. 90s ki yaad dila di.
shareeflaunda: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is the most charming & nostalgia filled film you'll see in a long time, do not miss it :)
shaishavi: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a cute film. @ayushmannk and @psbhumi are perfectly cast & I can't believe it's the latter's debut- she's effortless
SatanKiNani: Watched Dum Laga Ke Haisha today. Very simple and sweet movir. I really enjoyed it.
sapanv: Badlapur last week, Dum Laga Ke Haisha this week. Looks like we're finally making some good, sensible films :) Next up NH10, Byomkesh!
santoshvasandi: Ladies and Gentlemen there's an absolute delightful film playing at your nearest Cinema hall called Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Please go watch it.
salunkhevinay: After Aankho Dekhi and Filmistan..next is Dum Laga Ke Haisha .!! SuPer
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sagarcasm: Dum Laga Ke Haisha - What a beautiful movie! Love story of an ordinary couple set up 90s nostalgic middle class. Oye hoye
RupinNanani: Dum laga ke haisha - nice, entertaining and excellent performances. Watch and enjoy ;)
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RogeredThat: So Dum Laga Ke Haisha has been watched. Whattey fun movie.. Bhumi Pednekar was amazing. And Sanjay Mishra... Aap toh superstar ho sirjee!
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psychamy: Dum laga ke Haisha,YRF' first film of 2015 and also the best of the year so far by miles..and could be Queen of 2015..Loved every thing..
psinhajha: Size doesn't matter, the small budget sensitive tale of marriage and two spouses #Dum Laga Ke Haisha is the pleasant surprise of the season
prateekmlhotra: Dum Laga ke Haisha is an all-through smile on your face film. Just a warm cute film. All the English rom-coms.. here Bollywood comes.
prabhateinstein: Dum laga ke haisha.. faaaaaaaadu movie hai rey bhai log.. jarur jao dekhne..
oishika8: Omg dum laga ke haisha is certainly one of the best movies I've seen in a long time, so cute and realistic! @psbhumi you are wonderful girl!
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nickelllll: Two words for Dum Laga Ke Haisha--- Must watch.. so sweet & simple story..
nehra27: Back to Back # 3 Amazing Films, I enjoyed Dum Laga Ke Haisha < Shamitabh > Badlapur Film — feeling crazy
nehachoti1: Watched ...Dum laga ke haisha ... I laughed a lot... overall a time pass movie...
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MyHyness: Such a sweet simple story. Go watch Dum Laga Ke Haisha to smile. :)
MsSpeakALot: Light and cute bolly movie.. Dum Laga ke Haisha.. reminded me of the time when we had simple movies like Woh Saat Din
Mohantitis: Dum Laga Ke Haisha was an absolute riot!
maulikgala: Dum Laga ke Haisha Movie Review : Light hearted comedy with Simplest of humour. 3.5 Stars !
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loveisalwaysnew: Dum laga ke Haisha is an exquisite film. Do yourself a favour and go watch it this Sunday
lack_a_daisy: Dum laga ke haisha is total paisa vasool. think the actress might be my new girl crush.
kunaljp: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is one of those sweet, feel-good movies
KitschCollector: Finally a YRF movie I genuinely liked! Dum Laga ke Haisha ..hurry & go get your tickets, nowadays good movies never run for long :/
kewalHanda: Bhoomi is awesome in Dum Laga ke Haisha all fat women would be proud of her as she reinforce their self respect.Must Watch!!!
JihaneKhan: Dum Laga ke haisha... Such a sweet & honest made film, make me smiling. Congratulation to the whole team of the movie. Well done !
jigyasapanchal: Do your soul a favor! Go watch Dum laga Ke Haisha You'll thank me for the suggestion!!
iPearlPal: Dum laga ke haisha. Finally a breath of fresh air. A beautiful and very real take on love.
i_am_snehal: "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" a very sweet movie :) Though the end could have been better.
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GameOfClones: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is just too good. Brilliantly textured and researched script, impeccable direction, awesome music and GREAT acting!
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dragongamx: Dum Laga Ke Haisha: A well-rounded effort
DeepanshuKarnaw: Dum laga ke haisha ####awesome movie!!! Ayushman rocks....
chandrukrish24: Dum laga ke haisha - Wins your heart hands down. Sometimes its the simplest things that appeal the most. #wahrewah
brindiiyer: Absolutely loved Dum Laga Ke Haisha :')
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Bawli_Booch: Dum Laga Ke Haisha Brilliant film. Superb in every way. Best was that they kept it down to 1hr 50 minutes. Must watch.
avi_JEET: A good remake is rare in Indian cinema... But Dum laga ke haisha does it with grace! A good weekend watch
aurbolo: Dum laga ke haisha is a nice..very nice movie. Go watch it & listen to dialogues.
ashkaikini: Dum Laga Ke Haisha #DLKH Go watch !!! Adorable movie!! ♡♡ Laughed our hearts out. Very nice movie,after a very long time. Sensible.simple.
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appadappajappa: Just back from Dum Laga Ke Haisha - what a brilliantly sweet film! Kudos @ayushmannk and Bhumi Pednerkar! Loved loved loved it! :D
aparna1420: Dum Laga Ke Haisha - sweet storyline, good music, superb acting by all #goodwatch
anurag_mit: must watch dum laga ke haisha!!!! superb performances, amazing 90s music & really aesthetic look of haridwar
AnnikaChandhok: Dum Laga Ke Haisha. A little surprise package.
amitk2351984: Dum laga ke haisha, is excellent movie. Every one must watch this. A perfect combination of acting &story. Full marks to new actress bhumi.
amit12354: Dum Laga Ke Haisha 2nd time (@ Fun cinemas in Mumbai, Maharashtra) https://t.co/FfTEoJFZS1
Ahmed_Mubashir9: Watched Dum Laga ke haisha....one of the best movies to come out of the yrf stable in a long time...#90's music#feelingnostalgic...
Aalookaparantha: Simple - just like sometimes life is. Dum laga ke haisha (The movie) :)
aaliznat: A movie like Dum Laga Ke Haisha doesn't need an intermission.
13nitish: Dum laga ke Haisha could be 2nd good movie in 2 weeks. May be, #Bollywood really is coming of age in these few years. :')
_deepwithin: Watched Dum laga ke haisha. A very well made Film. Simple and sweet. Loved it.
PunithaAcharya: Watched Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Its a sweet movie. One time watch :)
lawleybop: Dum laga ke haisha - nice attempt. What killed it is the audience's laughter at all wrong moments. Insensitivity intact.
anantjain14: Dum laga ke haisha has fresh first half, you would see sonething new but it makes second half wid less flavour. Still one time watch..
Tee_Tweets_It: Dum laga ke haisha is so bakwas. Omg,
lyfroksshivangi: dum laga ke haisha.. full on paise waste. wahiyaat movie! :/
LilMissIssues: I watched Dum Laga Ke Haisha today. Because of a boy. Both weren't worth it AT ALL.
KejriwalFirSe1: Saw Dum laga ke haisha. I was totally disappointed. He should have dumped her totally.
anujjarora75: #dum laga ke haisha# FLOPPPP !!!!!
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Sanjay Misra and Seema Pahwa are enough to make a movie interesting...looking forward to watch this movie.
My pick for the week was Ab Tak Chappan 2 , unfortunately which came out as a bad movie.
Dont know wether i will go for another one or not this week..
Although reviews for this one are pretty good(shockingly)..Even reviewers are considering this as a comeback of YRF..
Seems to be an interesting movie.
Planning to watch it on Sunday.
@Rohit @Swati did you watch it?
@Anup you might want to give it a shot.
Watched it on Sunday.
Really an awesome movie, enjoyed it.
@swati yay! :D
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 2.5
Music Director: 1
Would have loved a different climax [comment partially deleted because it gives the movie away]
Gem of a film.
As the story unwinds it sucks you into it making you live every moment of the film with the characters. You feel the pain that Sandhya feels on her insult. At the same time one empathises with Prem's predicament.
You end up yearning for the happy ending. And the contrived convenient filmy ending is ignored in the process.
Throughout the film I had this nagging feeling of having watched a similar sub plot in a 1970s film; the film Piya ka Ghar coming in mind. Similarities apart Dum Lagake is an excellent watch.
@Fan now that you mention it, yeah...it has glimpses of Piya Ka Ghar. :D
A small gem of a film elevated by superb performances!
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