Dil Dhadakne Do is a film to be enjoyed—for some, forgotten, while for others, even revisited. An unabashedly escapist Manmohan Desai-esque family caper (what other term suits the story?), it pretends to be “real” and oh-so-intelligent, like in an inferred happy ending between Priyanka Chopra-Farhan Akhtar and Ranveer Singh-Anushka Sharma rather than showing the two couples happily together with Priyanka’s and Ranveer’s parents.

Since the story development is full of illogic despite the breezy entertainment, we really love those liberal liberties (!) taken with facts by writer-director Zoya Akhtar and co-writer Reema Kagti that made DDD possible as a film! After all, neither of them have really courted true-blue mainstream cinema before!

Crew is not allowed to enjoy any luxury facility given to passengers

What We Saw : Love at first sight blossoms between Ranveer Singh and stage dancer Anushka Sharma when she swims alone at dark in the ship’s pool.

Cinematic Liberty : Then how would a rebellious cross-religion, rich-poor love story begin?

The security between the crew and passenger floors is so water-tight that they cannot even meet; forget his going to watch her practice

What We Saw : The film shows their romance blooming on ship and they frequent each other’s rooms and her dance practice halls. She is finally sacked for befriending him.

Cinematic Liberty : Same as above. So how will this love story move ahead?

Jumping from a height (approximately five floors tall) into water even for a champion Olympic diver would cost him at least one fractured rib!

What We Saw : Ranveer Singh jumps off a moving ship from the deck, hoping to get a motorized lifeboat to go ashore.

Cinematic Liberty : Is Ranveer Krrish? Or boneless?

Except under the most special circumstances (not emotional parental blackmail!), no one can board a ship midway—as per strict rules!

What We Saw : Farhan Akhtar boards the cruise midway, as his father has blackmailed him emotionally into doing so.

Cinematic Liberty : What would have then happened to Priyanka Chopra and nasty hubby Rahul Bose?

But…we enjoyed the film. Manmohan Desai would have given it a thumbs-up. And guess what? Farah Khan and we also did!

– Rajiv Vijayakar, a Senior Journalist, Film & Music Critic and Historian for Hindi cinema and Film Music is also an Author and Twice Jury Member at 58th and 62nd National Film Awards.

Rajiv Vijayakar tweets @rajivvijayakar

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