Dil Dhadakne Do Review: An Empty Vessel With A Pretty Noise


Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Star Cast: Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Shefali Shah and Anil Kappor

Synopsis: The badly dysfunctional rich ‘Mehras’ family plans a cruise trip to close some good business deals. Only unexpected moments happen on the ship which brings the family closer to each other.



A rich family may eye great to an outsider, but in this cruel world, everybody has got family issues whether it is a rich or a poor. The golden haired Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor), a self-settled businessman has his own family full with personal problems. The self-proclaimed pilot, 25-year-old son Kabir Mehra (Ranveer Singh), as per his father’s instructions, will be handling father’s business but he wants to be a pilot.

Then there comes the sister of Kabir – Ayesha Mehra (Priyanka Chopra), loves to do business, but holds no charge for the CEO’s chair as she is married. In the starting, these three characters along with one more are introduced. The last is Kamal’s wife – Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah), who finds her relationship with husband miserable and one-sided as Kamal treats her like a-name-for wife only.

Kamal Mehra is a self made business tycoon.

priyanka chopra dil dhadakne do

priyanka chopra dil dhadakne do

After watching the obsessive and quite a bit funny life of the Mehras, a few other characters are introduced such as the London based dancer Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma) and Ayesha’s husband Manav (Rahul Bose) and her former boyfriend Sunny (Farhan Akhtar).

The family is completely broken from inside, nobody serves others as father/mother/sister. Everyone has got secrets, and every other individual of the house knows each others’ weaknesses or those so-called secrets. But no one acts upon them to make fun with them.

The riches are slowly becoming financially tight, the son wants to be a pilot, whereas his sister wants to handle the business but she cannot. Here comes an interesting or say impressive turn when the family plans a two-week long cruise trip with the whole family and several other business partners.

Ranveer Singh In Dil Dhadkane Do

Ranveer Singh In Dil Dhadkane Do

The movie observes its lows and ups during their journey on the cruise ship, the audience experiences both funny and emotional sequences while the family is travelling on the ship.

Now that they are on the cruise ship with many known faces, and Kamal came specifically to close a big budget business deal. He also wants his son Kabir to marry the businessman’s daughter through which the father will be benefited financially. Though the son does not have much affection to love or marriage, he sees a flaw in himself of an unknown wave when he meets the lady dancer Farah Ali.

The Madness Of The Trip

In one scene, the husband and boyfriend of Ayesha start arguing each other and it transforms into a verbal battle when Rahul Bose speaks on ‘Women’s Libertation’. And the girl listens is standing in the middle of them. The words and phrases spoken here are of high-end quality, perhaps some may sound new to you.

Some dialogues you hear from Anil Kapoor are just hilarious senseless, take this as an example, while having a counsellor with the family, he speaks in a loud voice, “Tum dono young ho, successful ho, Punjabi, squash khelte ho.. fir problem kya hai?” Punjabi and Squash needs specifically mentions here for the director’s choice.

Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma to do an Item number in Dil Dhadakne Do

Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma in Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do Soundtrack

The songs are, from an angle of melody + fits inside movie perfectly, delivered differently and perfectly by the DDD team. Two songs steal the show – ‘Girls Like To Swing’ and ‘Guddu Rangila’. The dance of Anushka-Priyanka is worth watching and listening to the song ‘Girls Like to Swing’. While the beats of ‘Guddu’ song amaze the people and the quirky movies by Ranveer definitely leave an impact back.

The acting by the co-stars is just around the perfect corner, and some individuals like Anil Kapoor and Ranveer Singh reaches that far. The one that may not be received well by the audience is Anushka Sharma, she again has played the character without acknowledging its true spirit. She looses another card of opportunity with DDD.


Comparing the previous release by Zoya Akhtar which was Zindgi Na Milegi Dobara to her latest outing, both films have the similar taste of reinventing themselves. While the previous one was among friends, and this time it is about discovering the values of a family. But the direction of Zoya leads no where, in the end (when you’re heading towards the climax, everything starts to fade, it becomes a predictable story).

Dil Dhadakne Do is for you if you love one of the followings:-

  1. Different Genres!
  2. Romantic Movies!
  3. Something New To Experience!
  4. Die Hard Fans of one of the co-stars!

I rate it 3 out of 5 stars.

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