Movie Review: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (2014)

by Pawan Manghnani on July 12th, 2014

Its good to see the fresh faces of bollywood finally taking over the reigns. A bit haphazardly but about time. Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya is a weird title that does tingle the curiousity. With a wide opening of 2200 screens in India alone & no major releases until Eid, This movie is set to cross the INR100 Crore mark easily.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is an all out family entertainer after a long time which multiplex going audiences are going to adore. A no-holds-barred ode to the 1995 cult classic DDLJ, even 2 decades later it inspires a wonderfully woven love story in HSKD.  Though the movie is inspired, it has a lot of original & fresh scenes with witty dialogues to go with it. The plot isn't original though and is a heavily clichéd mix of thousands of typical love stories before it. Interestingly, Varun Dhawan's dialogue delivery is smooth as melted butter and will remind you of the legendary Govinda.

No doubt, The chemistry between Aliaa & Varun is off the hook but apart from that my personal favorite were the intense (yet funny) scenes between Ashutosh Rana & Varun Dhawan which was the real showstopper.
When Dilli da chhora Rakesh 'Humpty' Sharma [Varun Dhawan] accidentaly meets Kavya Pratap Singh [Aliaa Bhatt] sparks fly all over, regardless of Kavya being engaged & is in delhi for her wedding shopping. Oh well, boys will be boys and this is apparent in the highlarious scenes between Humpty and his childhood best friends, Poplu [Sahil Vaid] & Shonty [Gaurav Pandey] (Typical Funjabi Names).

Humpty helps Kavya around the city, her wedding shopping, her friend gurpreet's personal issues & surely they were bound to fall in love.

Leaving things as is, Kavya returns back to her hometown Ambala, to prepare for her wedding, as the strict father Mr. Pratap Singh [Ashutosh Rana] is against love marriages. Flawlessly portrayed after a long hiatus from the screen, 

Predictably, the hero and his jing-bang head to Ambala to win the heroine's family over. After a few hilarious episodes, the father agrees to have a fair competition between Humpty & the fiancé Angad Bedi [Siddharth Shukla] for his daughter's hand. Remember Heropanti ? This is Siddharth Shukla's debut film after becoming a popular name on TV, but his character is ironically forgotten by the makers in the end.

What follows next is a riot of slapstickism keep-your-brains-aside ending. The climax is abrupt but leaves you with smiles. Or pain. Depending on your love for Bollywood's cheesyness!
-Aliyaa's cuteness. Woh paida hii cute hui thi.
-Dhawan's slapstick timing filling a void Govinda left. 
-Smart witty dialogues.
-Fresh supporting characters with fair screentimes throughout.

-Predictable storyline with tons of loopholes.
-Aside from 2 songs (Samjhaawan & Saturday Saturday) which were bought out, The other tracks could have been much better especially being a Dharma Productions film.
-Bad lyrics (my 8 year old nephew could have written better lyrics than "D se dance dede chance" and he doesnt speak much Hindi)
-No resolution of the fiancé conflict in the climax. What happened to the poor fiancé ?
During the promotions of the film, the makers hinted that HSKD is going to be the new DDLJ and KKHH which is simply undigestable. DDLJ and KKHH were cults and youth icons of their times. Humpty at best, is just a slightly better version of Main Tera Hero & 2 States.

Clean comedy, Complete no brainer family entertainer with No-Brainer being the keyword here.  The makers have def hit a homerun. What remains to be seen is, if the audiences absorb another done to death re-run lovestory with a smile or a frown?

​All in all, Its a "100% Original Fake." ;)
Was the review helpful? Comment below, let me know ;)

Posted in Movies    Tagged with HSKD, Humpty, humptysharma, humpty sharma ki dulhaniya, bollywood, film review, movie review, aliaa bhatt, varun dhawan, dharma productions, multiplex, hindi, bolly, hindi cinema


priya c - July 12th, 2014 at 3:53 AM
thankssss a ton, just what i needed.....
Bharat M Harpalani - July 12th, 2014 at 4:43 AM
Good one!
brij bhatia - July 12th, 2014 at 4:49 AM
i love cliches
think i am gonna like this one :D
komal - July 12th, 2014 at 5:27 AM
Well expressed !! Completely in coherence with what I felt about the film too :))
Parikshat Bhambuwani - July 12th, 2014 at 10:01 AM
The most accurate review I've read so far!
Jahnvi - July 13th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
Read this review after wathcing the film, takes me right back to it.
god bless !
naresh bhatia - July 23rd, 2014 at 4:22 AM
The review is perfectly in line as the movie actually is .
Nice work Pa1.
Inder - July 13th, 2014 at 4:58 AM
Nice verdict. One time watch

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