It’s been more than a year since I have written a post but I finally decided it is time to get back to it. I love Bollywood and I love writing about it too. With my school life finally settled down I can devote some time to the blog again.
Tonight my mom and I enjoyed a girls’ night out and went to see “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.” Bollywood churns out a lot of good movies, there is no questioning that. However, as much as I love movies like “The Lunchbox,” “Queen,” and “Dhoom 3,” sometimes I crave for the quintessential 90s Hindi film. Raj and Simran putting their families before their own love, Rahul’s gang of friends in “Dil To Pagal Hai,” and the naughtiness but chivalry of Rahul in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.” “Humpty Sharma” made me reminisce about the movies I love while thoroughly entertaining me. There are not many movies that can do this. In the recent past the last movies that did so were “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,” “ZNMD,” and “Hasee Toh Phasee.” These movies all have the charming and noble hero, the slightly dorky best friend, the quirky and independent heroine, the loving family worthy of respect and sacrifice and the grand songs. “Humpty” has earned its place amongst these movies.
What makes “Humpty” an excellent movie is not its story. The story is pretty standard, boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love but girl is getting married to another. It is the quirks in the storyline and the character development that make this film extremely entertaining. The hero meets his heroine while she is on a quest for a designer lehenga. He is naughty but when it counts he is chivalrous and respectful. Other than his odd name and small budget lifestyle, Humpty is just like the 90s hero that every bollywood loving girl dreams will walk into her life. Varun is infectious as Humpty and I can imagine no other actor playing this part. He is his charming self but the glamour of his first two films is missing. He is an ordinary joe so his hair is mostly gel-less and his duds are not designer. Varun’s dancing is flawless and his he is a natural comedian. The only criticism I have is he needs to work on his crying. Kavya (the female lead) is gorgeous, spunky and loyal to her man. Alia plays her well. I am not Alia’s biggest fan but I have to say she is fabulous in this film. Her films this past year have proven she is an excellent actress. The only complaint I have is that she did appear too young in some scenes (her baby-ness comes out if that makes sense). The scene stealers of this film are Humpty’s two best friends Shonty and Poplu (especially Poplu). They are super hilarious and endearing. I really want to see more of these guys. This film marks the hunky Siddharth Shukla’s acting debut and he is irresistible as the perfect Angad. I am so glad he has a three movie deal with Dharma. I also want to mention Ashutosh Rana who plays Alia’s father. He is good as the typical macho but soft hearted punjabi daddy-ji.
This is a Dharma movie so the production value is great as expected. This is Shashank Khaitan’s directorial debut and he is clearly talented. He has really pulled the film together well. The music is good and the songs are placed well in the film.
“Humpty” is a movie you can go see with the whole family. There is a kiss and a love scene but it is short and sweet, and done tastefully. So it is not too uncomfortable to watch with the family.
I can confidently recommend “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania.” Go watch it this weekend you will be entertained I promise! I watched it in a half-full theatre that was filled with laughter through most of the film.
Rating: **** (4 stars)
I promise to write more frequently!