Hum Do Hamare Do

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Exasperating lies over lies towards an extremely predictable end.

(Available on Disney+ Hotstar)

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Director: Abhishek Jain
Running time: 130 minutes
Genres: Romance
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Has couples lying to make their wedding happen become a genre? We saw it recently in 14 Phere. The reasons for lying are different, but the pattern is the same. Fake parents and relatives have to be auditioned, rejected, and accepted. The lies don’t stop. How will they? From the stories’ points of view, the reveal is inadvertent. So what if the audience could predict it when the first lie was told?

In that sense, the film was not entirely predictable. The big moment of revelation was worse than I thought.

Hum Do Hamare Do doesn’t even pretend to be different. Not just the climax, but the sequences leading up to the finish go as expected. Unless the makers were expecting us to be on the edges of our seats to know precisely how all hell would be breaking loose and what unbelievable transition is going to sort everything out neatly. I would like to think the audience is too seasoned to be under any such delusion.

In such cases, the film has to rely heavily on well-thought-out situations, well-crafted lines and extraordinary performances. The choice of problems is bizarre when the writers seemed to have made an effort, which doesn’t happen too often in the first place. I am not saying that a woman staying with her future husband’s family cannot happen in real life. But, in the set-up here, it seemed strange.

Similarly, while the film starts with Dhruv’s (Rajkummar Rao) occupation, there is no mention of it for a long time. This would have been normal, right? Happens often enough in Hindi films. Careers are more or less fillers. But here, entirely out of tune and texture, Dhruv’s app appears. Sure, I could come up with possible reasons like trying to show his work process. But at times, the office’s appearance seems like it has a different agenda—like to show a mother-son relationship.

At other times, it comes across as a filler, something stuffed to plug into a void. Just like the sudden interaction between Dhruv’s friend, Sandeep and his wife. Where on earth did that come from. Maybe where Anya’s (Kriti Sanon) career disappeared. Well, it clearly existed only to establish why she met Dhruv.

The situations failed the film, and the lines didn’t do much either. The actors have nothing remarkable to say. We know they are all capable of invoking a laugh, an aww out of us. But nothing of the sort happens here.

Anyway, the film had lost me at its theme. People lie unsustainably so that the person being lied to feels better. That too, when common sense would suggest that the person being lied to would much rather be told the truth. Meh. Like a few characters in the film says, “unnecessarily complicated.”

I would like to think the audience is too seasoned to be under a delusion that they would be taken by surprise.

All that was left for me to appreciate in the film was the pretty house that Anya lived in. And that Dhruv’s father mistakes his son’s friends’ names like some fathers I know. :)

Of course, it is a silver threading. Weddings are a project. But in films like these, things get worse just when you think the worst has passed. Hum Do Hamare Do turns into a movie where people get thrown in swimming pools, and men’s balls get catapulted. In that sense, the film was not entirely predictable. The big moment of revelation was worse than I thought, the resolution even more meaningless.

- meeta, a part of the audience

24 reviewers(?) - 5 yays 8 so-so 11 nays

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Thumbs up, by Madhuri V, Filmi Beat : ...It's been a while since Bollywood has treated us with some wholesome entertainers that can be watched with the entire family. Rajkummar Rao-Kriti Sanon's film makes a mark with its light comic moments and the heart in the right place. Barring a few slip-ups, Hum Do Hamare Do is a roller coaster of emotions which leaves you with a big smile at the end of the ride.... full review

Thumbs up, by R.M. VIJAYAKAR, India West : ...shek Jain’s direction is wholesome, and he has a script (that he has also co-authored) to match. Technically sound, “Hum Do Hamare Do” (named after a government Family Planning slogan in the past, though used here with a twist) has humdrum songs, but overall, the movie is a decidedly pleasant watch... full review

Thumbs up, by Sameer Ahire, Movie Talkies : ...A glamorous number which appears with end credits is tappy enough. The film may look slow at the beginning but that's because he has something fantastic to show later. It keeps you busy for two hours so there'll be no moments to have a little nap. Overall, Hum Do Hamare Do is funny, dramatic and emotionally well balanced. There's something in the film which makes it a recommendable product that two generations in the family should watch together.... full review

Thumbs up, by JOGINDER TUTEJA, Planet Bollywood : ...The film as a whole too stays reliable in its treatment and meets the kind of expectations that one has from it. It’s the kind of film that you can comfortably watch at home with family, especially this festive season where one is looking for clean entertainment. Watch it with everyone from 6 to 60 at home.... full review

So-So, Bollywood Life : ...The Maddock team once again brings a story that can be easily enjoyed with your family – Hum Do Hamare Do is the perfect Diwali entertainer with some reality, enough drama, and a lot of fun.... full review

So-So, by Grace Cyril, india today : ...Apart from the script, what lacks in Hum Do Hamare Do is the base. The story is good but what would have made it more interesting is if the makers hadn't just focussed on the love story of the characters. Rajkummar's Dhruv turned rags to riches in a minute but we wanted to know how? Also, nothing is shown about Kriti's professional or social life. All she is reduced to is a local lover. If you are a Bollywood buff, you might have already guessed the ending.... full review

So-So, by Vineeta Kumar, : ...Hum Do Hamare Do might not be a technically perfect film with not-so-regular punches and laughter moments for everyone, but its heart is in the right place. The Maddock team once again brings a story that can be easily enjoyed with your family – a perfect Diwali entertainer with some reality, enough drama, and a lot of fun... full review

So-So, by Shreya Mukkerjee, NewsBytes : ...Despite notable actors lining up the cast and a good message in its conception, Hum Do Hamare Do goes neither here nor there. Only some good moments and punch lines keep the film going.... full review

So-So, by Himesh Mankad, Pinkvilla : ...Hum Do Hamare Do is made with the right intent, however, the premise had the potential of more humour through the narrative and required a rather nuanced approach in terms of emotions in the last 25 minutes. Debutant Abhishek Jain shows some spark in getting the tone and vibe of the film right in the first half, and will certainly get better with every passing film in the emotional and dramatic front. It’s an average film that can be watched by the families with a tub of popcorn on a lazy Sunday afternoon primarily for some smartly written one-liners alongside the charming Ratna Pathak Shah and her chemistry with a rather witty Paresh Rawal.... full review

So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, : ...Ranna Pathak brings an emotional edge to the proceedings, while Paresh Rawal is in fine form as the gent whose foot is lodged in his mouth. Rajkummar Rao bravely navigates stretches of bad dialogue, while Kriti Sanon can be plucked out of this movie and set down in any of her previous releases and it wouldn’t make a difference.... full review

So-So, Sify Movies : ...Overall, since the couple had adopted a dog too at the end, the numbers in the film literally or figuratively do not match.... full review

So-So, by Hiren Kotwani, Times of India : ...Nonetheless, the film has some really nice and funny moments. At the same time, it also makes a telling comment on families portraying a happy and united image outside while squabbling and fighting within. And that one can choose a perfect family if need be. 'Hum Do Hamare Do' is a decent watch… but if only the second half had been more engaging with a few dollops more of humour.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...Summing up the presents OTT culture has given rise to a new genre of time pass films that can be seen without expecting much while having your breakfast, lunch or dinner in a fast forward mode. Hum do Hamare do exactly fails in that catagory and the choice is all yours.... full review

Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Not even a passing glimpse of my all-time favourite Hindi film Shakti Samanta’s Amar Prem made me feel any kinder towards Hum Do Hamare Do.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Deepa Gahlot : ...The young pair is so colourless that it is the seasoned performance by the senior actors that inches the film forward. Both Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah display perfect comic timing, particularly in the scene when they meet Anya’s family for the first time.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, Film Companion : ...What Hum Do Hamare Do does is reaffirm that Bollywood is now ready for a full-bodied senior romance. Think of how magical Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao were in Badhaai Ho. Even without a sparkling script like that one, Ratna and Paresh manage to make you care about them. Let’s write these stellar performers their own sweeping love story. And perhaps the young ones can take a break.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Free Press Journal : ...At an appraisal of the app that Dhruv has created, he is told, ‘I wear the VR for hours … I put it off … there’s no product experience.’ Exactly what watching the film made me feel. I watched Hum Do Hamare Do for 128 minutes. I switched off the TV. There was no product experience.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vaishali Jain, India TV : ...There's no denying that the film manages to make one laugh but repeated concepts, cliched plots and rhyming dialogues won't catch the audience's attention anymore, it is much smarter than this.... full review

Thumbs down, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, Live Mint : ...Smarter writing, a less conventional plot structure and more imaginative direction would have benefitted a story that had an emotional core—about growing up parentless, about what constitutes a family and about how tangible and convincing virtual reality can be.... full review

Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Hum Do Hamare Do Review: Kriti Sanon's Is Most Noteworthy Performance In Unfunny Caper Hum Do Hamare Do Review: A promotional poster of the film. (Image courtesy: rajkummar_rao ) Cast: Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao, Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aparshakti Khurrana Director: Abhishek Jain Rating: 1.5 stars (out of 5) A patchy script, unimaginative direction and inconsistent performances queer the pitch for Hum Do Hamare Do. A profligate dramedy that fritters away the advantages of an admittedly unusual plot, all its calculations go amiss. Nothing that it proffers, no matter how harmless and well-meaning it might seem, delivers a rounded sum that makes sense. Even pure drivel is known to have been saved when inspired lunacy and sustained comic fervour have been thrown into the mix in the right proportions. This comedy of error-prone, slipshod gags is desperately short on those two essential attributes. At the heart of Hum Do Hamare Do, streaming on Disney+Hotstar, are a young man, played by Rajkummar Rao, who will do all it takes not to lose the girl he loves and an old loner, portrayed by Paresh Rawal, who missed the bus many years ago because he developed cold feet and continues to live to tell the tale of a thwarted liaison. The unfunny caper, director Abhishek Jain's Hindi debut, revolves around a Chandigarh man who has nobody to call his own barring a best friend who is always at his beck and call. The enterprising buddy is the go-to man when the hero is at his wit's end, which is way too often for his own good. The protagonist is introduced as a boy in a brief prelude. The orphan works at a highway dhaba for a man nicknamed Premi (Paresh Rawal). He is treated well enough by the employer but his life is a dead-end. A warm-hearted customer (Ratna Pathak Shah) comes by and gets chatting with the boy. On learning that he is called Baal Premi, she suggests that he should think up a better name for himself. She tips the child generously and leaves. It is obvious that Premi and the kind lady will return to the boy's life. More on that later. Years go by. The boy, Dhruv, now a busy VR gaming whiz kid who teaches impoverished children in his free time, has a chance encounter with a freelance vlogger, Anya Mehra (Kriti Sanon). The former's standoffish behaviour leaves the woman fuming. Sure enough, in keeping with the true tradition of Bollywood rom-coms, love blossoms between the two. But there is a hitch. Dhruv figures out that Anya dreams of marrying a man who has a family and a dog. There is a strong reason for her desire. He, therefore, goes looking for a pair of fake parents. With his best pal Shanty (Aparshakti Khurrana) egging him on to go the whole hog, he does find what he needs but not before a few hiccups. ALSO READ <I>Hum Do Hamare Do</i> Trailer: Rajkummar Rao And Kriti Sanon's Wedding Plans Interrupted By Comedy Of Errors Hum Do Hamare Do Trailer: Rajkummar Rao And Kriti Sanon's Wedding Plans Interrupted By Comedy Of Errors The dhaba owner from the opening sequence - we are told is full name is Purushottam Mishra - and Deepti Kashyap, the woman whose kindness left a deep impression on the foundling in the self-same scene, agree, after some prodding, to pretend to be Dhruv's parents. But the old man, who still rues the opportunity he missed to wed his sweetheart, has the tendency to go overboard when he has had one swig too many. Awkward situations result and threaten to derail Dhruv's not so well laid-out plans to worm his way into the hearts of the girl's parents (Manu Rishi Chadha and Prachee Shah Pandya). Needless to say, it isn't a cakewalk. There is a worthy match for Anya lurking in the background and Dhruv and Shanty have very little time at their disposal to stall Anya's impending betrothal with a bridegroom chosen by her mom and dad. When the counterfeit parents meet the girl's mother and father, who, too, aren't 'real' in the strictest sense, inevitable complications arise. But does the ensuing rigmarole generate genuine hilarity? Not at all. Riding on a storyline that is as insipid as it is illogical, Hum Do Hamare Do is a meandering mess that relies heavily on laboured humour and a cast of actors not fully in tune with the needs of the exercise. The most noteworthy performance in Hum Do Hamare Do is delivered by Kriti Sanon, who does her very best to inject some life into the proceedings. She radiates charm and vitality. Every time one sees her on the screen, one cannot help feeling that she deserved a better film. Ditto for the impressive Ratna Pathak Shah, who is amazingly convincing as a woman called upon to playact as a mother to a stranger. Sadly, neither the character she essays nor the film that she is in comes anywhere near doing justice to her. What of the male lead? Rajkummar Rao is saddled with the task of salvaging a poorly written protagonist whose impulses, compulsions and decisions border on the utterly inexplicable. Why an adult who has put the worst behind him and made a success of his life opt for falsehood in order to marry his true love is beyond comprehension? It requires an uncommon degree of charisma and unerring comic timing to lift something as insubstantial and unappetising as Hum Do Hamare Do out of the muddle. No such rescue act materialises here. Since the character has no access to straws that are strong enough to cling to and the actor has to reckon with more questions than answers, the film flounders from the word go. Even Paresh Rawal, a screen performer of proven comic prowess, is largely wasted in a role that dangles between the puerile and the miserable. That, in fact, is true of the film as a whole. It falls with a thud between two stools. Hum Do Hamare Do is the sort of romp that depends wholly on ensuring a willing suspension of disbelief, which proves to be an unattainable goal for a screenplay that knows no better. The going gets especially tough because in its search for a droll core that can hold and go the distance, the film sinks into a welter of half-baked formulations about biological broods, fractured families and cobbled-up clans... full review

Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...If it means to debate over the virtues of a traditional family versus the one a man chooses for himself, it shouldn't be as flimsy as picking custom topping pizza over frozen pizza. Except it is the kind of rush job rom-com that cuts to the chase after so much dillydallying and in such a dull manner, it completely misses the point.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...Aparshakti Khurana repeats his friend-of-the-hero part, but here the colour scheme of his turbans is more vibrant than his character. Overall, the film is a great example of how the right ingredients don’t guarantee a wholesome meal.... full review

Thumbs down, by Stutee Ghosh, The Quint : ...We also need someone to keep the humour quotient alive, and who better than a Sardar friend played by the effervescent Aparshakti Khurrana? Then there is the customary going about in circles to recruit the perfect candidates for mummyji and papaji. Saanand Verma enters the fray and ensures a few laughs in his signature style. When Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah get locked in, even though we can see the denouement from a mile, but their solid presence makes us want to stay with the story .... full review

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  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: Lying to get married in the name of love

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Dear Meetu, Never heard of this movie - until I saw and read your review. Thanks for taking all the risks on your reader's behalf to save us from going through pain and waste of time..!

ha ha ha. Glad to be of service :P

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