Dil Dhadakne Do movie reviewFamily drama is given a new dimension here with Zoya Akhtar laying out perfect solutions to a messed-up family. It's her sheer unmatched quality that this two-flick old director possesses, while dealing with the subjects of relationship. She doesn't coerce the judgement over what really the key should be for lucrative living but simply chalks out the modern dots in a breezy manner.
Millionaire Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) his wife Neelam (Shefali) host a 10-day luxurious Mediterranean cruise trip as a gesture of their 30th marriage anniversary celebration.
They are accompanied by their family members including son Kabir (Ranveer Singh), daughter Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and her husband Manav (Rahul Bose), his mother (Zarina Wahab), the Mehra dog Pluto and numerous other rich friends.
But, amidst all the fun and frolic what would be the scenario when the family that pretends to be a happy from outside, brings out their uncomfortable emotions for each other on the cruise sailing in Europe?
Zoya Akhtar beautifully defines the emotional problematic situation of each character that is easily relatable.
Her vulnerable and confused Kabir finds his love in form of Farah (Anushka Sharma) while he is forced to make compatibility with his father's favourite candidate Noorie belonging to a rich and affluent family.
Ayesha, on the other hand, is married to her father's choice Manav with whom she fails to find any emotional connect. Her situation becomes more complicated when she discovers her ex Sunny (Farhan Akhtar) on the cruise.
Kamal and Neelam aren't happy as a couple for 30 years but they brush up everything under the carpet to keep up the pretension of a happy family.
It is obvious here that Dil Dhadakne Do is not just about parents but is so much more about other relationships that each family members share with each other.
True to its sense Zoya's directorial touches upon the rich urban section of the society and their bogus values. She jolts out the bitter realities of typical Indian families which its members try to avert knowingly.
We buy them and accept the foolishness the Mehra family does. Like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, we take many such moments. Through the scenic places like Turkey, France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy, Zoya shows us the real face of the hypocrisy of elite families.
And real are the class performances. Anil Kapoor as dominating man in the family is terrific. It's hard to get over the actor who nails it with his powerful act.
Shefali Shah as wife and mother of two pretty grown up kids improvises in scenes which required her to be aggressive.
Farhan Akhtar gives the required support with perfection.
But Ranveer Singh takes the top spot in the flick. He gives out some crazy bits in the movie and brings big smiles on our faces.
What could have been worked upon is the accent of Anushka who being a British easily shifts to Hindi while Pee Cee's Hindi accent sounds American.
But these are easily forgettable and avoidable flaws in this otherwise errorless drama.
Dil Dhadakne Do carries depth and fun throughout. Don't miss it.