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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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