High drama on the high seas

High drama on the high seas

High drama on the high seas
Dil Dhadakne Do
Hindi (U/A) ¬¬
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose, Farhan Akhtar
Director: Zoya Akhtar

Aamir Khan has the best lines in Dil Dhadakne Do. He is Pluto Mehra’s voice. Now, Pluto is the dog of the stinking rich Mehras (Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah) who are on a lu­x­ury cruise to celebrate their wedding anniversary along with their equally rich and bitchy guests.

The adorable mastiff keeps wisecracking (in Javed Akhtar’s lines) as the cruise takes the tycoons and their gossiping wives to Turkey, Greece and other picturesque locales. The canine, in fact, knows who is seeing who, who dumped who, and who just sneaked into whose room for a high-sea romp. Mehra scion (Ranveer Singh) hates inheriting the empire because his heart lies elsewhere — in the skies, to be precise. He is maha thrilled about flying planes, which is quite an affordable hobby for the Meh­ras. Their other child — Priyanka Chopra — keeps appearing on Forbes’ list for her business acumen. She talks women’s lib, but turns a submissive wife to I-me-myself Rahul Bose. Mehras’ marriage is on the rocks and it doesn’t help that their children too are looking for “middle-class” love.

Ranveer can’t take his hands off dancer Anushka Sharma, and Priyanka ’s heart skips a beat when her ex (Farhan Akhtar, as an award-winning journo) makes a reappearance. After Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara, Zoya Akhtar once again turns the focus on the highly privileged in the society, showcasing luxuries that are alien to the majority.

Dil Dhadakne Do works as long as it lets its uncles and aunts do their thing — poking their nose into everybody else’s affair. Cheating husbands, lov­e­less marriages, trapped kids — the movie makes for a decent watch for some time, but goes for a toss the moment it allows the amazing Anil Kapoor to drop his guard and later fool around in the silly climax. This dil has wit and warmth but it fails to throb.
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