Dil Dhadakne Do joins the list of films such as Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara where rich folk set off on a classy vacation. Unfortunately, it isn’t as fun as it could have been.
The film follows the Mehras, a high class family who reside in Europe. While their daughter Ayesha is going through a tough patch in her married life, their son Kabir doesn’t really seem to be liking his job in the corporate world. Characters move in and out of the scene with many making an impact and few leaving sans a trace. DDD does start off slowly, and gets better when Virat Kohli’s girl walks in. There is enough attention in the screenplay devoted to the dialogues and the emotions, but I would have loved some more comedy in the script. With the predictability factor and the film moving at its own pace, some more fun and frolic in the proceedings would have really cut down the whines.
Despite these things, DDD does possess some punch-thaaf scenes which will make you sit up. Anil Kapoor makes us realize what an under-utilized actor he is, for he carries his role effortlessly. Piggy is the next big thing with her blow-you-away looks which do not let you lose focus. Ranveer is at his usual funny self, and does have a handful of solid one-liners which bring the roof down. I was yearning for some more Farhan onscreen. His character truly lights up the screen, but sadly takes too long to make an appearance. Not to forget the best role in the film, which goes to the dog Pluto, voiced by Aamir Khan.
DDD is backed by dreamlike visuals which are a treat to the eyes. At a length of 2 hours and 51 minutes, the film is a tad too long, but with the end being a good one, it doesn’t matter much. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is a big boon to the film, with both the songs and scores working in favour.
Though it does remind you of films like Cheaper By The Dozen at places, DDD is a jolly good trip to spend your money on this weekend. You know what’s gonna happen, but watching how it happens might just be worth it.
Verdict: Likable lil vacation.
3.25 / 5