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REVIEW: Hum Do Hamare Do

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Producer-Dinesh Vijan

Director- Abhishek Jain

Star Cast- Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah, Prachi Shah and Manu Rishi Chadha

Genre- Social

OTT Platform- Disney Plus Hotstar

Rating-***

Keeps you hooked till the end despite its length!

Jyothi Venkatesh

The film is heartwarming tale of Dhruv Shikhar (Rajkummar Rao), an orphan who overcomes all odds to become a successful entrepreneur, but badly is in need of a family, because Anya Mehra (Kriti Sanon), the girl he falls in love with, wants to marry someone who has “a sweet family and a cute doggy”.

His search ends with Purshottam Mishra (Paresh Rawal) and Dipti Kashyap (Ratna Pathak Shah), who used to have a crush on each other when they were in college.

Whether or not Dhruv and Anya’s love story stands despite the foundation of falsehood actually forms the crux of the wee bit illogical story.

When her parents die in a theatre fire accident, Anya is adopted by Dr Sanjeev Mehra (Manu Rishi) and aunt Rupa Mehra (Prachi Shah Pandya) and calls them dad and mom.

Dhruv, aghast at the options his friend Sandeep Sachdeva aka Shunty (Aparshakti Khurana) and Shaadiram (Saanand Verma) show him, decides to seek help from Purshottam Mishra, in whose dhaba he had worked at as a child.

When Dhruv and Shunty learn about his (Purshottam’s) college love Dipti Kashyap (Ratna Pathak Shah), they lose no time to get her to agree to be his mother

With his earnest and well delineated performance, Rajkummar Rao proves that he is a dependable as well as formidable actor as far as the box office is concerned.

Kriti Sanon is effective and does justice to her part as Anya. There are sequences where she draws out tears from your eyes with her sparkling performance.

Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah are in mettle as usual and remain in fine form and not only show how to rise above the story but also lead the way to all the characters and keep you hooked with their performances even when the screenplay by Prashant Jha slips a lot quite often .

Despite being a good actor, the biggest problem with Aparshakti Khurana is that of late in film after film, the guy seems to be getting stereotyped as the hero’s sidekick.

Manu Rishi Chadha is good as usual while Prachi Shah Pandya as his wife also lends good support.

It is difficult to believe that the hero, Dhruv and the heroine, Anya first meet, and within just a few seconds lock eyes, and straightway indulge in their first kiss.

Rajkummar turns a rich guy from a little waiter in a dhaba within minutes, and his rags to riches journey is spoken about multiple times.

Also to make a tailor made happy ending of sorts, the story writer paints the new suitor of Anya as a grey shaded guy who not only warns Anya before their marriage that he does not want to have children because they are a nuisance but also wants to dump his parents in an orphanage and go off abroad with Anya after their marriage.

The writer also has not been able to make Ratna’s character with a lot of flesh and blood as she is shown to be a mother of a son who has deserted her and gone abroad and her husband has died

Editing of the film leaves a lot to be desired with the running time of 130 minutes while music by Sachin Jigar elevates the tone of the film.

To sum up, I’d say that Hum Do Hamare Do does manage to extract tears from your eyes with wonderful performances which make you forget that the plot is illogical at times with a half baked screenplay.

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