Dil Dhadakne Do Review

Zoya Akhtar burst onto the scene with her fierce and beautifully crafted ‘Luck By Chance’ (2009). Then she followed it up with a solid sophomore effort in the form of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ (2011), which is still one of the highest grossing Multiplex films of all time. Now, she’s back 4 years after ‘Zindagi..’ with Dil Dhadakne Do and this time she has another star-studded cast, including her brother Farhan Akhtar who has appeared in all her films. Does Dil Dhadakne Do! continue her streak?

Story: The Mehras are on a cruise trip across Europe. Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is a self made, pompous businessman whose company is on the verge of bankruptcy, Neelam Mehra (Shefali Shah) is his wife and she is used to putting up a happy face in front of everyone to maintain the sanctity of her family. Ayesha (Priyanka), their daughter, is going through a troubled marriage and wants to break out and be independent. Kabir (Ranveer), their laadla son, has been entrusted with the task of taking over their company soon. Things get awry and conventions get challenged when Kabir falls in love with a cruise dancer (Anushka) and Ayesha’s ex boyfriend Sunny Gill (Farhan) returns. The story then moves forwards with the family dynamics of the Mehras reaching a dull climax.

Dil Dhadakne Do Review: Zoya’s distinct flavour for silences and muted characters are again at the forefront here in Dil Dhadakne Do. Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar have basically written an upmarket version of a Barjatya or a Aditya Chopra film where the locations are not Punjab’s fields but the Mediterranean landscapes. It is mildly an entertaining film but the plot is lost when it tries to be something more profound and serious than it really should have been. Also, the moments in the first half linger on for a little too long and the second half isn’t drastically better, either. It drags reaching an unsatisfactory and hurried climatic setup.

Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh - Dil Dhadakne Do

Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh – Dil Dhadakne Do Movie Review

The technical aspects of Dil Dhadakne Do can’t be faulted. Most of it is sublime. The cinematography is fantastic showcasing the sunny terrain of South Europe and the cruise itself has been setup with elan, making the audience feel like they are a part of it. The production and costume design is top class and the elites in the metro cities will lap it up. The editing should have been nippier but Zoya prefers to make longish films even if they border on the boring category.

The music of Dil Dhadakne Do is average, with most of the songs being pleasant on the ears, but none standing out. Our favourites were the title track, and Pehli Baar. The song which was showcased by Anushka and Priyanka, Girls Like To Swing, didn’t work.

Acting: Dil Dhadakne Do redeems itself a bit because of the acting chops of the cast who are on fine form here. The heart and soul of Dil Dhadakne Do are Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, who play siblings. Their relationship is what the viewer will take home from the movie. Ranveer is charming, looks good and his comic timing is perfect. Priyanka charts her performance very well transforming Ayesha from a nervous dominated wife to a nervous-yet-independent woman. Anil Kapoor looks stylish and has an evil tinge in his character and plays it to the tee. Shefali Shah plays the upmarket Delhi wife flawlessly. Anushka Sharma should stop doing these sort of roles after being a part of a major Blockbuster like PK and Farhan Akhtar isn’t the most likable guy in the film even though he’s supposed to be the moral compass of Dil Dhadakne Do! The other supporting actors like Vikrant Massey, Parmeet Sethi, Zarina Wahab, Riddhima are alright in their roles. Aamir Khan is the surprise package, he is the voice of Pluto the dog!

Dil Dhadakne Do could have turned out to be a great film had it not chosen to tread the filmsy path of woman empowerment in such a loud manner when it could have done so subtly. The tone should have been hilarious throughout because we would loved to have seen Ranveer’s antics more. Finally, Dil Dhadakne Do is a boring film which doesn’t have a lot of entertainment value for the normal film going audience. But it could be enjoyed by the ones who prefer their movies to be retrospective and slow.


  • Performances by Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Anil Kapoor
  • Will be liked by those who prefer slow-paced movies
  • Visual treat. Cinematography is top notch


  • Limited appeal towards audience outside metro cities
  • Lacks entertainment value
  • If you walk in expecting a film as good as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, you’ll be disappointed
  • At 2 hours 50 minutes, DDD is way too long!

Rating: ★★½☆☆ Also Read: Dil Dhadakne Do Critics Review



  • Average Movie I Saw Morning Show Anushka Really Sucks So As Ranveer Only Pc & Anil We’re good Rest All Were Dissapointment Too much Hyped By Critics Such Movies Deserves To Be Flop

  • Reviews are mixed and looks like it isn’t as good as ZNMD. It was obvious from the trailer and songs it wasnt going to be as good as ZNMD (which in itself wasn’t as good as DCH). So this film will probably not be a big hit especially given its costs.

  • Damn this review seems pretty harsh, I don’t know bout yall but wen I read a review tht says the movies boring tht just changes my whole view point and I start believing it while watching the movie!

  • Zoya makes films that are supposed to be ‘realistic’ but who goes on a cruise and starts singing or dancing like these people are and how are general masses suppose to care about the problems or issues of these ‘rich’ people?

  • This film is no better or different to other commercial entertainers which the target audience of this film likes to hate. LOL.

  • was expecting these kind of reviews..well done indicine..any way..it was not in my watching list so reviews dosent matter..hope it will do good business..coz budget is too high..waiting for HAK

  • Looks like a good film which couldve been better. But it will be better than Akkis last 2 films this year, which flopped and couldnt cross even 100 cr.

  • He was flawlessly amazing as Arjun. The way he transformed his character from a serious work obsessed man to a freakshow, was top notch. Hope DDD turns out to be good and make money as well. But ZNMD is unmatchable . The difference is Hrithik, period.

  • A user called @JC had accused indicine of plagiarism. He was bloody right! This “review” seems to be “inspired” by Deepanjana Pal’s firstpost review heavily!

  • I watched it in the morning today and have to say, walked away disappointed. This movie was as slow and boring as Luck By Chance.. and you can’t even compare it to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara..

    I liked performances by Ranveer and Priyanka.. all others were disappointing. Biggest of them all is Farhan Akthar.. this is his worst performance and role.

    Expected better from Zoya.. 2 stars from me.

  • Watched it morning show.. Bakwas movie.. Don’t spend ur money..and also time on this supreme boring film….flop..

  • Again, hilarious to see people accusing Indicine of plagiarism.. All critics watch the same movie, so reviews will sound familiar.

    The least you can do is respect the hard work that they put it..

    @Indicine, why do you allow such comments. Why not just delete them?

  • As i said… Gabbar will get 4 week free run as Bombay velvet will turn out to be worst movie of year and biggest disaster….!!…

    But gabbar will get 7 week free run till hamari adhuri kahani arrival…..so i was wrong…..
    As DDD is turned out to be biggest bore and ghatiya movie….!!…

    DDD will be remembered as sequel to roy….!!.. And sequel to Bombay velvet in terms of disaster box office verdict….!!…

    Shame on those pseudo intellects and wannabe critic for imposing there opinions that BV,DDD is good… Infact it is worst….!!..

    Gabbar was best film among Bv,DDD,,piku,,….!!…

    Bv,DDD crap worst cinema of 2015…..!!….

  • @Neeraj

    Ever read Baradwaj Rangan’s reviews? He posts them on Saturday, yet they are the most insightful pieces of art. Sorry to disappoint you, but what indicine does is border-line plagiarism. Mix a bag of reviews and give a “rating” No original insights.

    And when one points out any flaws in their reviews, people like you want such comments to deleted. Well done!

  • ensemble cast films are a little upper deck for common people.. but zoyas films grow on you.. I did not understand zindaga milegi dobara on the first watch… the songs and the movie appealed on the later watch

  • @gj007 I read both reviews and there is no similarity whatsoever so stop blaming Indicine. The only similarity in the two reviews is the mention of ‘Barjatya’. That also is very differently presented.

  • So entertainment, Gori Tere Pyaar main, Gunday, Boss, Tevar, Creature 3D etc are better films than Dil Dhadakne Do for the BEST CRITIC IN THE WORLD , MR. Indicine!

    The flaws are visible to indicine when when the film is not-so-mass-friendly. For commercial entertainers like Kick, GIB, CE, D3 ,K3 , they will give 3.5-4 stars even after pointing out 100s of big flaws.

  • Bajrangi bhaijaan
    first day=30
    2nd=45cr (Eid holiday)
    3rd=40cr (Sunday)
    first weekend=115cr
    first week=190.5cr
    second weekend=42.5
    second week=69.8cr
    third week=30cr
    Remaining weeks=14cr

    Total collections=304.3
    Verdicat=All time blockbuster


  • @gj007, the reason I asked them to delete such comments is because I find people who take reviews so seriously.. so freaking weird.

    Read 10 reviews, compare reviews, then accuse critics of plagiarism even though they watched the same movie.. Come on.. if you read 5 reviews of the same movie, one or two points will match.

    Why do we need insightful reviews? Watch the trailer and if you like it.. then go watch the film. Simple, ain’t it?

    I read Indicine reviews.. because more often than not.. their positives and negatives, exactly match what I feel about the film. The only review that I did not agree with them was Happy New Year, but that’s okay. They have pressure to rate big films higher, otherwise they risk losing out on readers.

    So I come here.. if they like the movie, I watch it. But if I like the trailer, director or actor.. then I will it first day first show.. like DDD, because I have been a fan of Zoya Akhtar movies..

  • Sukanya Verma, Raja Sen, Shubhra Gupta , the 3 strict critics have loved d film. Looking forward to Masand’s and Anu chopra’s reviews . .

  • @neeraj… Congratulations for wasting ur time n money on Fake wannabe crap movie like dil dhadakne do……!!….

  • And the best REVIEW critic in India makes his entry. Mr Nipun. The comments section is getting more and more interesting. People are dissecting Indicine’s review more than Dil Dhadakne Do :D :D

    So Nipun.. how does it make a difference whether Masand and Anupama Chopra like the movie or not? If they like it, you’ll force yourself to like it.

    I personally enjoyed Kick and Chennai Express… 100 times more than Dil Dhadakne Do.. and I am sure its the same with most people too. They like these entertaining mindless movies.. but don’t admit it because it hurts their belief that they are ‘intellectuals’ LOL

  • @neeraj…. U r very correct… This ‘nipun’ type of ppl always talk rash abt gud films like gabbar..baby….!!…
    But always support bad films lke Bv,DDD…..!!…

    These type of people wait for rajeev masand review who is a paid critic as he is Zoya akhtar loyalist….!!…

    These all critics r zoya akhtar loyalist so they will automatically talk gud of it….!!..

    If the same movie wud hv been of good commercially entertaining directors like Rohit Shetty,,,, these ppl wud hv talked bad of it….!!..

  • Let me firstly say that I am flabbergasted that the chameleons union of Indicine are up in arms about allegations of plagiarism by Indicine when Indicine out of some sense of perverse duty allow those very same chameleons a free license to masquerade around here pretending to be something they are not…!

    These chameleons should look in the mirror first n see what real plagiarism looks like instead of pointing the finger at others…

  • @neeraj

    blatant generalization! Nope, the world doesnt function per your will. I hated the “commercial blockbuster” dhoom 3 because it was a rip off of Prestige. Appalled to see that u dont consider plagarism a serious offense!

    And like u are free to openly declare how my comment isnt worth publishing, ppl like nipun are free to have a different opinion!

  • Thanks Indicine for review.. Didn’t read it full.. Frm wat Indicine review Shows.. It is sure shot flop in semi urban cities & definate disaster in regional areas of masses audience. Only big rich ppl or upper class of high society will or may like to extant as timepass or may recommened it to sme of their high class frnds.. Just want the movie to sustain at boxoffice till HAK rls.. Jurassic world will do huge business in mass & as well as big cities next week rls.. DDD my final prediction at BO: 70 To 85crs.

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