Nostalgia is the only emotion that matches love in intensity and Sharat Katariya’s Dum Laga Ke Haisha milks our nostalgia for that bygone era to wonderful effect. The film starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar brings love to a different degree altogether. Set in the small town and in the 90s, the film finds a space amidst everyone’s psyche, no matter which part of the country you belong to.
The Kumar Sanu fan that Prem is, his music pervades throughout the film transporting you to the old world where people had the time to steal some leisure. The Gali, mohallas of this small town help a great deal in shaping the way the movie moves forward. Yash Raj banner has produced films which dealt with suave, urban class love stories in a much more clichéd manner. Dum Laga Ke Haisha comes as a breath of fresh air that way with simplicity and more coupled together.
A particular scene where the two characters are going through a quarrel shows them taking their bile out on each other by playing Kumar Sanu songs. The family has no idea why the newly-weds are constantly changing the song played on the cassette but it is their mode of expressing their sorrow and angst at each other. Such simplicity is rare to find in today’s fast-paced world and Bollywood too portrays fast-paced love stories as a result.
The power of the film lies in the nostalgia it evokes in people. Before technology took over our lives, people were more in touch with their problems as well as of each other. It happened in case of the couple when Prem begins regretting shaming Sandhya for her weight. The love shown is realistic and the context evokes nostalgia in the best way it can do.