DUM LAGA KE HAISHA (2015)

Writer / Director: Sharat Katariya

Starring: Ayushmann Khurana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Seema Pahwa, Alka Amin, Sheeba Chaddha

Music: Anu Malik

Producer: Maneesh Sharma, Aditya Chopra

Running Time: 111 mins

Genre: Romance, Drama

BollySitter Recommended Age:  12+

BollySitter GO Factor: 3.0/5.0

BollySitter Says

“Dum Laga Ke Haisha” is a simple yet charming film about an unlikely lower middle-class couple who learn to look beyond each other’s shortcomings and slowly develop a mutual love, respect and understanding for one another.  Due to sexual innuendo and certain mature themes, the film is recommended for kids in the 12+ age bracket.

Content

DLKH depicts the story of an ordinary boy who gets married to an overweight girl and how, over time, they both fall in love with each other, overcoming a series of hurdles (both physical and mental) and looking beyond physical appearances. The story, set in Haridwar circa 1995, is simple, using chaste Hindi dialogues and situations that are true to life.

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Violence

There is no objectionable violence per se in the film. However, fathers are shown abusing and beating up their grown-up sons, mothers are shown throwing tantrums and wailing, sons are shown shouting at their parents (in frustration), wives are shown crying and repenting and friends are shown mocking and making fun of each other.

Intense / Frightening Scenes

A character attempts to commit suicide through self-immolation. A father beats up his son with flip-flops. A couple hurls abuses at each other and exchanges a few slaps under emotional distress.

Sexuality

There is a scene when a girl goes to a departmental store to purchase undergarments. In another scene, the shopkeeper of the same store expresses his life’s frustration by holding female undergarments in his hands. A girl dresses up in a simple nightgown in preparation for a night of lovemaking, while light sounds of moaning coming from a film playing on a TV are heard in the background. The lead couple share a few loving kisses.

Language

Overall language is mild other than a few curses in chaste Hindi that are exchanged between various characters.

Drinking, Drugs and Smoking

Friends are shown consuming alcohol together at a marriage party. A character is shown smoking in front of his wife and drinking alcohol from a bottle prior to entering a house.

Discussion Points

DLKH has a slew of important points parents can discuss with their children, starting with how physical appearances are not always important for a relationship to blossom. A married couple can lean on each other at all times and should not only accept the strengths of their life partners but should also attempt to overcome their own shortcomings, with each other’s help.  Family support plays an important role in a person’s life and how every member of the family contributes to a healthy and loving environment in a household plays an important role in the film. The movie is emotional and heart-breaking at times, especially for younger kids, but the payoff is eventually rich, endearing and entertaining.

Bechdel Test (2/3)

There are four primary female characters in DLKH. Most of their conversations, however, revolve around how to ensure a successful marriage and how to win the hearts of their spouses.

For the quality of the film, check out the review at http://www.thereviewmonk.com/movie/dum-laga-ke-haisha/

 

DAAWAT-E-ISHQ (2014)

BollySitter Recommended Age:                7+

BollySitter Family GO Factor:       3.0/5.0

The Review Monk TRM Score:   5.1/10.0

Directed by:    Habib Faisal

Starring:          Parineeti Chopra, Aditya Roy Kapur, Anupam Kher, KaranWahi

Written By:     Habib Faisal, Jyoti Kapoor

Language:       Hindi

Music by:        Sajid-Wajid

Produced by:   Aditya Chopra

Lyrics by:        Kausar Munir

Running time: 123 mins

Genre(s):         Social Drama, Romantic Comedy

BollySitter says

An overall clean film that is appropriate for viewing with kids in the 7+ age group. The name (and the previews) of the film are a misnomer as the film is more about the evils of the dowry system prevalent in India than it is about food. Due to the complex underlying social theme of dowry, younger kids may find the film boring.

Content

This is a film with a social message, depicted in a light-hearted fashion and garnished with a half-baked love story. It revolves around a girl who joins forces with her father and decides to con a rich boy and his greedy dowry-demanding parents. Little does she realize that, on the way, she will actually fall in love with the boy himself – a large-hearted, lovable owner and chief chef of a small-town Indian restaurant.

Violence 

There is a sequence of mild violence in the climax of the film. A character threatens to shoot a girl with a gun. There are no menacing undertones in the threat and the overall impact of the scene is rather amusing in nature.

Intense & Frightening scenes

There are no intense or scary scenes except a mild one in the climax where a character threatens a girl with a gun.

Sexuality 

There is no sexuality in the film, except for the end credits song where the lead pair is shown dancing amidst various couples hugging or kissing each other. There is nothing objectionable in the song overall and no close-ups are shown either.

Language 

The language remains mild throughout the film and nothing that would be objectionable for the kids, except in one sequence where a male character refers to a female character as “Chudail” (witch) There are a few sequences where people are insulted and unceremoniously thrown out of the house.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

No drinking, drugs or smoking is depicted in the film.

Attitude/Behavior

The female lead is depicted as a strong character, who shares an extremely warm relationship with her lovable father. She stands up to injustice and never shies away from fighting for a cause. The male lead, although equally respectful towards his parents, is also shown as someone who understands the plight of the poor. He is shown as someone who believes that the foundation of marriage should be laid on trust and love and not on dowry money. Everyone in the film believes that one of the guaranteed ways to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach.

Discussion points

Families can discuss the evils of the dowry system in India. They can tell kids how they need to stand up against people who believe in this ill-tradition. Parents can also talk to kids how defrauding people out of their hard-earned money by lying is not a good thing. At the end of the day, life is always about being honest, caring and understanding towards the people around you and especially towards the ones you love.

Bechdel Test 1/3

There is only primary female character in the film and all conversations she has with other female characters revolve around men and dowry demands. Her character, though, is shown to have an independent and progressive thinking. She has an understanding of complexities of the old traditions and is not afraid to strive towards making a positive change.

For the quality of the film, check out the reviews @ http://thereviewmonk.com/movie/daawat-e-ishq/