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Dum Laga Ke Haisha Movie Review (Story, Box Office, Climax Revealed)


STORY: When more-than-pleasantly-plump Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar) gets hitched to Prem (Ayushmann Khurrana), the latter cannot bring himself to look beyond his wife's size. Her relentless attempts to win over his attention are in vain and the two end up on the brink of divorce when she overhears him passing objectionable remarks about her to friends. Can blubber hinder love?

REVIEW: Dum Laga Ke Haisha is an unlikely quasi-original offering from the stable that in recent past has made sincere efforts to defy the conventional notions of love.



This film might further the cause of breaking away from the bastion but it reeks of predictability. Sharat Kataria pulls off a quaint-yet-flawed film. Set in circa 1995 in Haridwar, he carefully refrains from creating a staple, syrupy affair. The film's first hour sails smoothly sans hiccups, but the second half can be faulted for unspooling tediously.

The movie erects a plot whose on-the-face nostalgia factor is almost jarring. Its rustic setting, bustling by-lanes and old-world charm does an overt job of selling the VCR era. There's even a desperately-included fight sequence where the couple aggressively play 90s songs.

Such scenes might crack you up, but the crackling effect is wiped out as the film moves towards a predictable climax featuring Kumar Sanu, a steady fixture since the first scene. It's the only thing that makes its 'loser' hero look good and is a contrived culmination of the romance we never find blooming.

The film's subplots are unnecessary and abrupt, like the sudden demise of a never-mentioned-before uncle which triggers the final act.

The actors, however, deliver redeeming performances. For a debutante, Pednekar is surprisingly confident. Khurrana, is the best he has been since his launch venture. Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa are at the top of their game.

But in the end, it isn't extraordinary, failing to rise above the idea that a fat girl needs some schmuck to complete her life. Undeniably, the smarts are visible in its original thinking but it doesn't translate into a satiating viewing experience.
Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film. 
PLOT SUMMARY 
Prem Prakash Tiwari (Ayushmann Khurrana) listening to Kumar Sanu is the film's opening shot. Set in Haridwar, 1990s, the film captures the nascent feel of the town. Prem owns a cassette shop in the local market. His father is keen to get him hitched and the family goes to a local temple to meet Sandhya (Bhumi Pednekar). B.Ed, waiting for a teaching job, the most visible thing about her is her weight. Coming from a patriarchal cognitive set-up, she doesn't fit the quintessential idea of beautiful. And still, the school drop out Prem must marry her because he is incapable of attaining a girl with 'Juhi-Chawla-level-of-looks.' In an elaborate community-wedding ceremony, Prem and Sandhya get married. Their wedding night is uncomfortable with neither treading towards establishing conjugal relations. Prem has in his own reasons and the girl is naturally shy. Next morning on a call, she announces it to a friend and the whole family finds out. 

Prem expresses his disinterest in the marriage very visibly. While his sister, aunt and mother bicker about his nonexistent sex life, the guy whisks off to the akhara. Friends and seniors poke fun of him and he tells them about his anguish. His trainer suggests that he must run away but that isn't an option for him. 

Back home Sandhya tells her mother about her uneventful first night. Her mom suggests that she must entice him. Sandhya and Prem go to the local market where she buys appropriate clothes to get him attracted to her. On their way back, people known to Prem try to strike up a conversation with Sandhya but Prem drags her away. This irks her as she doesn't like being told what to do. The two go to a local library where Sandhya tells him that she cannot be restricted from mixing up with people. 

At night as planned, a VCR is installed in their room and there's an English movie playing and in the heat of the moment, Sandhya and Prem officiate their relation.The next day Sandhya leaves for her mother's place and Prem is supposed to pick her up on the 4th of the month. 

Their consummation might have thrilled Sandhya but Prem clearly doesn't echo that sentiment. He is depressed and shocked that others control his life. The only way he could have rebelled was in bed, something he fails due to the heat of the moment. 

At work, Prem and his father discover the new CD system that plays clear music. Though the cost of it is very expensive and the duo Prem and his father discover the new CD system that plays clear music. Though the cost of it is very expensive and the duo reserve its installation for later. 

Prem forgets to pick up Sandhya who loses her cool and begins eating alone. Prem comes to pick her up without finishing his dinner and gets hungry midway. The two stop for kachauri and she discovers he smokes. The two bond for the first time but on their way back, he again slips into the same mood. 

Prem and Sandhya's relationship continues to remain strained. She had given him a list of songs to be put together which Prem doesn't do. Over time, her frustration shows. When Prem's aunt brings up a petty topic, the two have a heated exchange of words and she tells them how he doesn't treat her well. The two fight over songs where he puts Kumar Sanu songs and she puts her songs. 

Amidst all this a close friend of Prem's gets married. He and Sandhya go for the ceremony where due to excessive drinking and jealous of his friend's pretty wife, he says that sleeping with her feels like hell. Sandhya hears that and slaps him infront of his friends and he slaps her back. 

Next morning at home, it's a big issue and his father is all ready to hit him with his sandals. Sandhya, with her ego bruised goes back home. She blames her father-in-law that he didn't educate him enough that he knows how to respect women and people in general. 

When she returns home, there is a ruckus. Her mother tries to pacify her that she must return to her husband. But she is headstrong. She doesn't feel marriage has changed anything for her and she can be by herself. Locking herself in a room, she pours her heart out. 

Back at her husband's, they try to talk sense to Prem but he decides on channelizing his energy into studying. Trying to clear his English paper again, he enrolls for the exam. His akhara friends too give up on him. Ostracized after being abandoned by his wife, the akhara people and he engage in a verbal squabble and they throw him out of the group. 

On the workfront, a competing shop opens up which will sell CD clarity music in market. His family, talks to the family that owns the other shop and it turns out that it's owned by the same akhara friend of his the squabble with whom ended him out of the group. They begin discussing their issues and the guy challenges Prem to mend things with his wife participate in the Dum Laga Ke Haisha contest and win it against him. The contest entails him picking his wife on his shoulders and running a race. 

Meanwhile, Sandhya reaches out to a divorce lawyer and files for it. The families are shocked. Prem's mother even falls grievously ill. The court decides that the two must spend 6 months with each other and try to work it out after which if they still want a divorce, the two will separated. 

Prem brings Sandhya back home but the two are still distant. Sandhya realizes that Prem is studying English and she tries to rectify his language but the latter doesn't take her advice kindly and she backs off. Prem goes for his exam and writes in Hindi. 

Back home, Sandhya cooks for the family but when Prem returns he has an out-of-the-blue emotional outburst and tries to kill himself. The teacher who received his answer paper comes home as he had confessed of his plan to end his life, in his exam sheet. 

Both Prem and Sandhya break down that night and Prem earnestly apologizes to her. It is the first time, Sandhya tells him that she did love him but he never gave her a chance. 

Prem begins softening towards Sandhya. Taking her for her job interview and bringing her the cassette she had asked for, there is warmth in their relationship. Sandhya informs him that she has landed a job in Meerut. Prem feels the first pang of losing her but doesn't act on it. 

Prem decides to sell off their shop as he is sure that they will lose out to the other music store in the neighbourhood. A guy comes and measures the place. 

His aunt gets a call from her estranged in-laws who inform her that her husband has passed away. After years of separation, it still matters to her and she scrambles. The day for the Dum Laga Ke Haisha contest arrives and the family again pursues both Prem and Sandhya to participate. They eventually relent and go for it. Kumar Sanu is the guest of honour and somehow, through the highs and lows of the race and their surprise win, Sandhya asks Prem to not let her go and he runs back home with her. In the final shot, the two kiss.


Ayushmann Khurrana and debutante actress Bhumi Pednekar's 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha' got an average response at the box office. 

According to a report on Boxofficeindia.com, Dum Laga Ke Haisha earned around Rs 1.10 crore on the day of its release. However, the film which registered just 5-7 percent occupancy on day one, recovered on Sunday taking the total collections to Rs 6.05 crore.

By the end of the first week, the film earned Rs 10.75 crore. The film raked in around Rs 7.50 crore in its second weekend and by the third week, the film made a business of Rs 3.75 crore, taking the movie's total collection to around Rs 21 crore.

Apparently, the film has opened in just 775 screens while its competitor Ab Tak Chhappan 2boasts of 1375 screens.


Day 1Rs 1.10 crore nett
Day 2Rs 2 .10 crore nett
Day 3Rs 2.85 crore nett
Week 1Rs 10.75 crore nett
Day 8Rs 1.9 crore
Day 9Rs 2.30 crore
Day 10Rs 2.5 crore
Day 11Rs 0.8 crore
Week 2about Rs 10 crore
Week 3Rs 3.75 crore
Total (Approx)Rs 21 crore
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