Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a refreshing take on Marriage

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a refreshing take on Marriage

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Jun 29, 2017  Updated On : Apr 23, 2018

Dum Laga Ke Haisha is a refreshing take on not just love, but also the institution of marriage as is seen by most small town, middle-class families. Set in 1995 when liberalization had just set in, Ayushmann Khurrana plays Prem, a young guy struggling to pass matriculation while managing his family business which is in a decline. He is a passionate music enthusiast and the advent of CDs starts to affect his business a great deal. The family then makes a decision to get him married to an educated girl who could help the family financially. 

Enters Bhumi Pednekar who is a free-spirited, positive person. The only problem? She is on the wrong side of size 80. And that becomes a problem for the young Prem who had his own vision of what his life partner would be like. Sandhya seems to be in love with Prem but he is constantly cold towards her. A scene where he hurts her sees Sandhya slapping him and storming off. However, she refuses to give up easily, something we don’t see people doing anymore. The 90s context and Kumar Sanu songs add more to the charm which already exists in the film to a great deal. 

The fact that marriage is more of a transaction for many people in India is also subtly layered out. Sandhya is a more or less an empowered woman who does consider divorce a possible angle. The reflection of how in spite of people getting married for the weirdest of reasons in our country, one cannot think of breaking the marriage is poignant, to say the least. Nostalgia, love, and size come across as the backdrops, the social message is neither subtle nor very menacing. 

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