What happens when a Delhi ka Punjabi munda – Rakesh “Humpty’ Sharma (Varun Dhawan), and a chote seher ki ladki – Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) – meet? Well jab they met, chaos erupted!
From the get go, we are introduced to a distressed bride, Kavya, who agrees to marry an NRI boy Angad (Siddharth Shukla) under pressure of her father (Ashutosh Rana), who is the pride of Ambala. The fashion diva’s only wish is to be able to go to a big city in order to shop for her Big-Fat Punjabi Wedding thus leading us to Delhi.
The two meet over some shots at a local night club and continue meeting. A few drinks, lots of cuddles and a ton of drama later, the two fall in love as expected!
An ode to DDLJ, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya speaks volumes to modern day lovers. The soft and meaningful story in the second half covers up for the over loud and enthusiastic characters in the first half. Witty dialogues penned by debutant writer and director Shashank Khaitan add flavor to the age old love story.
While HSKD can serve as a spinoff of DDLJ , there are major underlying difference between the two films. Take for example Ashutosh Rana’s character. A polar opposite of the conservative bauji that Amrish Puri was to Simran (Kajol), Ashutosh Rana is a laid back, modern and understanding father merely stuck in the wrong circumstances. Out of fear, he asks Kavya to marry a safe well-to-do NRI doctor.
Kavya, unlike Simran, is too preoccupied by her porcelain doll image to be in pursuit of love. However, Humpty is very much the Raj of DDLJ. His happy-go-lucky, flirtatious nature screams Raj from every angle.
Alia Bhatt as Kavya has made a complete U-turn in her fourth film. After a powerful delivery in Highway and 2 States she is back to square one with HSKD. Varun Dhawan and Ashutosh Rana are a delight to watch. Siddharth Shukla as an NRI Doctor is watchable.
On the whole, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is worth a one time watch!