Movie Review by Meena Yeggina Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Yet another youth oriented flippant movie from
Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Ashutosh Rana and Siddharth Shukla
Director: Shashank Khaitan
Dharma Productions’ Humpty Sharma ki dulhania is supposed to be either inspired
or remade from the most memorable
love stories of all times Dilwale
Dulhania Lejeayenge, directed by Aditya
Chopra and produced by Yash Raj Films.
A cult love story of sorts DDLJ had ever
charming, classy, Shah Rukh Khan romancing
the dusky beauty Kajol.
To even assume that HSKD could
come close to the caliber of DDLJ is
unimaginable. A Govinda styled Varun
Dhawan cannot be compared to Shah
Rukh Khan and neither can lehenga crazy,
beer quaffing Kavya Singh (Alia Bhat) to
an intelligent, book reading, apprehensive
Kajol and Shah Rukh’s DDLJ is a
classy, well-directed venture with melodious
music and heart-warming romance
without compromising on any Indian
All HSKD achieved to convey after
20 years as remake of DDLJ in the name
of progress is a frivolous, bed-romping
would-be bride who is after a 4 lakh Kareena
Kapoor styled lehenga for her wedding
in return to her accepting the groom
from the US in arranged marriage and a
featherbrained hero who is after bedding
a betrothed girl.
Frankly, I find Karan Johar extremely
flighty as a producer/director. He is a
commercial producer with zero morals
and tastes. His target audience is the
young and vulnerable middle class youth
who love to see a useless hero falling in
love with a pretty and rich girl who reciprocates
and ditches an eligible NRI or rich
Indian to marry him! Yeah, right! In your
And to even have the guts to equate
Dhawan to SRK! The charm, the looks,
the performance and dignity (in spite of
his flunking in his exams in the film) SRK
displays is nowhere close to the character
of Dhawan’s. He neither has the looks nor the charm.
Coming to the vapid and oft-repeated
story, a rich pretty Punjabi (that reminds
me why can’t Karan Johar just
produce films in Punjabi instead of in
Hindi which are so much dripping in
Punjabi flavor?) girl is all set to marry an
eligible NRI. Her father (Ashutosh Rana)
is against love as his older daughter fails
in it and is a divorcee. Alia Bhat has no
problems with her arranged marriage except
that she has one condition: An expensive
lehenga (costlier than her
cousin’s)! For that purpose she wants to
go to Delhi and earn money on her own
to get the dress, IN A MONTH! In one
month an unskilled young girl is supposed
to earn 4 to 5 lakh rupees? I mean
doing what may I know? I am flabbergasted
as a mother with this shallow
She comes to live with her uncle
whose daughter is also getting married
and whose ex boyfriend is blackmailing
her with a sex video he shot secretly. Alia
meets Varun who in turn is blackmailing
her lecturer uncle to pass him in his
Both meet and predictably like each
other after a couple of flirtatious scenes
followed by Varun saving her cousin from
the blackmailer. In the next shot, Alia
jumps into bed with him after a kiss
which is so unexpected and extremely
phoney without much emotions involved.
And after the romp she very maturely
tells him that she has to go back to
her NRI fiancè because her father will
never like Dhawan (who will?).
Poor NRI! He could not have imagined
that his bride to be is having so much
fun just a few weeks before the wedding!
The rest of the story is equally anticipated.
Varun goes to Alia’s village/town
whatever, stays there with a challenge
from Alia’s father (Ashutosh) that if he
can find one single fault in the NRI groom
(Siddharth) he can marry Alia!
Why any father would be so stupid, I
In spite of failing in the challenge, the movie ends with the bride’s father uttering
the iconic words from DDLJ “ja, jeele
apni zindagi,” to Varun offering him his
daughter. Not convincing at all.
I would like to think that educated
young women this age and time, after
seeing the world and watching the news,
would be smarter, wiser, mature and understand
the true meaning of life, love
and marriage. You would assume she
would be cautious in a big city. But Alia
Bhat’s character compared to DDLJ’s
heroine Kajol, is extremely immature and
comes across as shallow and flighty. Of
course Varun’s character is miles ahead of
her in exhibiting birdbrains.
This movie has a betrothed young
woman flirting, dating, hugging and
dancing away the nights with Varun, who
is a total stranger in the most dangerous
It has a useless, uneducated, cheating
and characterless hero who is after an engaged
Strangely it also has a rotten father
(Varun’s) who allows his son, along with
his two other male friends and a carton of
beer bottles, spend a night with Alia Bhat
in his bookstore!!!!!! I mean what the...?
DOES ANY RESPONSIBLE FATHER
IN ANY COUNTRY ALLOW THIS?
THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE MODERN?
As I was watching the movie, I was
shocked to see that Alia lets herself spend
the night alone with three boys DRUNK
in a bookstore! Can any smart girl be so
None of the cast comes close to the
original DDLJ. Amrish Puri, the dadi, sister,
mom, no one.
Siddharth Shukla is wasted and has
no impact in the movie. It’s a wonder
why he accepted this role.
Marriage at least is hoped in all cultures
as a lifetime commitment. Karan
Johar, may not understand this. But I
hope he will be very very careful as a producer
and stop churning out young love
stories with oft-repeated brainless theme
and questionable moral values!
Somehow the whole movie looks artificial
and synthetic including Bhat’s
chirpiness and Varun’s over enthusiasm.
You don’t feel touched by their love story.