CAST & CREW
‘ Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ breaks away from the generic aspirational movies Yash Raj Productions have been used to producing. This rom-com is directed by the eminent Sharat Katariya and stars Ayushmann Khurana, and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles brings with it a good story, which Bollywood repeatedly forgets.
The story is mostly shot in parts of Haridwar and Rishikesh and was entirely shot in the twin temple towns. Though it is the Haridwar of the ‘90s and sets are made well to match that era as are the characters. Prem Prakash Tiwari played by Ayushmann Khurrana is a school dropout who runs a cassette store in the local area market and is married to a well educated but bulky girl Sandhya played by Bhumi Pednekar.
Their characters gradually and gracefully move and mature in the most natural way. The movie gives them enough room to grow and love each other and let the strength of the movie rely on them. Ayushmann Khurana does not demand sympathy in playing the role of a not very likable man that he has taken courageously.
While the role of the overweight girl, Sandhya is conquered triumphantly by Bhumi Pednekar. She is pretty and talented and fills the screen with warmth and depth, both literally and figuratively. Anu Malik has composed the music for the film, recruiting great singers such as Kumar Sanu, Papon, Kailash Kher, Monali Thakur, Rahul Ram and Malini Awasthi to name a few.
While Varun Grover wrote all the lyrics. Well known Andrea Guerra an Italian composer, composed the film's background score. The script, which was written in 2007 had some trouble finding producers and was only made in 2015 though it is well defined with layers and shows ability to assess accurately both the people and situations and turn them to its advantage.
The film thrives on the shoulders of its secondary and lead actors and portrays a different and unconventional story in a society based on conventionalism while flooding itself with humanity. Dum Laga Ke Haisha is clearly a must-watch and shows what mainstream Bollywood production can achieve with a well-worked script and a good director.
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