Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Review: A fine tribute to SRK’s DDLJ

Dharma Productions’ Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya has been promoted well and the music has also been liked but what made it a major talking point is the comparisons with Shahrukh Khan’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and how it is the DDLJ of modern times. The Punjabi setting, the story all resemble DDLJ. Even the title sounds similar. So will the makers be able to give DDLJ a modern tribute through Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania? Let’s find out.

Story: Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan) is a Delhi based stationery shop owner’s son, proud of his non achievements leaking exam papers alongwith his best friends Shony and Poplu until the time he meets Kavya Pratap Singh (Alia Bhatt) from Ambala who comes to Delhi to buy her wedding outfit. The first half is filled with moments of their bonding where Humpty helps Kavya to earn enough money to buy her wedding outfit and their journey to discover love. The second half is about family bonding, drums and celebrations. Should be apparent by now that is the closest DDLJ lookalike Bollywood has made in sometime.

Review: Shashank Khaitan who has makes his directorial debut has decided to pay his tributes to DDLJ in his own way, and the film works mostly because of the innocence in his work. He fills Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya with sombre moments and entertaining situations which never drag the film. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya flows like air and does so wonderfully. Very few people would have gone in to watch the film with the expectations of it being such an entertaining fare. Shashank deserves praise for his unpredictable approach to such an easy-to-get-wrong film.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Review

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania Review

The other technical aspects of Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya are fine. The cinematographer has shot the Punjab locales with a sure-footedness. The music of HSKD sticks with you. Saturday Saturday is ruling the night clubs and pubs, but Samjhawaan is the track that stays with the viewer (although we do like the original sung by Rahet Fateh Ali Khan a lot more).

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania belongs to Varun Dhawan, who is quickly emerging as a mega star in the making. He takes control of the show right from the start and excels with his peculiar Delhi mannerisms and accent. Alia continues her rich vein of form with HSKD. She portrays the role of a middle class Punjabi from small town Punjab beautifully. Her chemistry with Varun Dhawan clicks and they both look passionate on-screen. The casting of Ashutosh Rana is a masterstroke as he essays the role of the daunting father with an assured touch. Hope we get to see more of him in Bollywood films once again! Siddharth Shukla is just about average in his role but that is probably due to the character being abrupt and uninspired. Sahil Vaid who had played the role of Poplu is fantastic and almost steals the show from Varun.

Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya is a breezy, lighthearted watch that may not stay with the viewer long after it has ended but for the duration of the film the viewer will entertained. Jab We Met was a fine tribute to DDLJ, and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya continues the tradition of fine DDLJ tributes. Watch it!

Box office: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya will take an above average opening at the box office. But positive word-of-mouth publicity will carry the film to safety and beyond.


  • Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt
  • Realistic approach to a surreal story
  • The setting of the film is fantastic
  • HSKD flows swiftly and the duration (runtime) is perfect
  • Shashank Khaitan’s direction


  • The DDLJ resembling story may put off a few people
  • Saturday Saturday should have been in the film and not in the end credits
Rating: ★★★★☆


  • Now may be it deserved 4 stars….i won’t say,it is a bad review…!!

    I have to watch it n then decide..

  • I was expecting it to be yet another avg. kind of Dharma romcom,but most of the reviews are positive…so it is a good film..

  • Varun did the GOVINDA plus SALMAN act in Main Tera Hero and now an epic SRK act in HSKD!!!

  • there was no doubt that the film would be given 3.5+ stars by indicine….
    and we all know the reason…. DHARMA..

  • Jab We Met was not a tribute to DDLJ. What are you smoking Indicine?

    JWM was independent and much better film. It had a more realistic story that could be enjoyed in years to come in every generation.

  • Was going to watch on sunday but now not interested in watching this tribute to indian railways where weak hero gets beaten but still speak nonsense wearing shirt full of his own blood.

  • Right Now HSKD 1st Half Just Awasome…
    Waiting For 2nd Half…
    Alia And Varun Looking Cute And Good Together.

  • @babaji ka lungi, are you really a akki fan? If yes then how can you trust these reviews? According to these reviews almost all movies of akki are craps.

  • Ofcourse we expect it to get good reviews from indicine as it belongs to dharma. BTW,i willn’t blame indicine. Before that, i should watch it.

  • mast hogi movie will go to watch this Thursday When i listen by indicine that its tribute to king srk,s mega blockbuters DDLJ and also catching the awsome trailer of singham returns.Indicine team is there is any chances that singham returns trailer come with HSKD on 17july pls reply.

  • Everyone copying from here & there.

    Salman,Akshay & Ajay from South.
    Aamir & Hrithik from Hollywood.
    Ranbir copying from everywhere.

    And these new comers copying old SRK films.

    Only SRK is known for making original films & thats why he is King.
    Bollywood is noting without him.

  • @tigeress-the real queen

    I don’t follow any reviews blindly…they gave 4 stars to S26,3 to boss…so whats wrong in that???
    I just did’nt agree with their review on holiday,and i expressed…

  • Another solid film from youngistaan.didn’t expect anything from the film bcz of dull promo.but its a good film.1st half is paisa vasool,drags towards the end but overall good. Film and nice tribute to cult classic ddlj.but d biggest flaw is the poor music.samjhawa is superb but rest are horrible.overall 7.5/10 from my side.b.o. collection should be 60cr+ and verdict hit.
    Another hit from u my youngistaan members.

  • @nipun hw cn u say such thing about a gem like 2 deserves all the success that it got.

  • Lol. Srk haters especially JC who r calling srks movies won’t be remember after 20 years. Industry people r making lot of Xerox copy of DDLJ, DDPH, bazigar, darr even today
    Copies of DDLJ
    Pyar kiya to darna kya
    Pyar to hona hi tha
    Hero no. 1 (DDLJ + bawarchi)
    Dulhan hum le jayenge
    Jab wo met
    Humty sharma ki
    Copies of Darr/ bazigar

    Srk is a trend setter

  • Today I m really feeling proud of my team.where is @romance who predicted it will b a team can never go wrong.mind it.

  • According to indicine any film with a train involved is a tribute to DDLJ.
    So Holiday, Ra.One, Robot, The Train, Spiderman 2, The Lunchbox are all tributes to DDLJ.

  • @sht
    Jab we Met was an entirely fresh film,nothing borrowed from DDLJ…was brilliantly directed by Imtiaz…
    One of my fav. films…

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