Yash Raj romance seems to have entered a new zone with Dum Laga Ke Haisha where a simple marriage marred by societal conventions finds its feet. Ayushmann Khurrana plays the quintessential small-town guy who is under tremendous pressure to learn English and is also trying to pass matriculation exams.
Drowned in insecurity and easily embarrassed, his marriage with Sandhya, played effortlessly by Bhumi Padnekar, does not help him. Her weight is a big problem there and though she is affected by that, she is not ready to take in insults of any sort. It is in the lead pair and their brilliant acting that the film finds its heart.
Now, you might find the pairing a bit different. But, as the film progresses, you would know what it’s all about. Towards the end, when you see them dancing in the typical 90s song “Dard Karara” you find yourself rooting for them. The whole 90s setting adds more flavor to the whole film and Anu Malik’s music is the icing on the cake.
The film feels funny in many places, especially where we see Khurrana in khadi shorts and his friends mocking him for having an overweight wife. But the actors each have their own vulnerabilities. While Sandhya feels she won’t be able to find love owing to her size, Prem is hounded by both societal expectations and his own guilt for having admonished his wife who did nothing wrong to deserve no love. That is the crux of the film – “Love comes in all sizes.”