Haseen Dillruba Review: ‘Haseen Dillruba’ is a small town pulp fiction

Haseen Dillruba Review: Pulp fiction is considered to be the illegitimate child of Hindi literature, whereas in Hindi films, films have been made on the novels of the Pulp Fiction category for almost 5 decades. Most of the novelists do not even get the credit of the storyteller, let alone getting the money. Circumstances have changed and the stories of the film have left Mumbai or Delhi, going beyond Chandigarh, Kanpur and reaching Bareilly, Aligarh and the towns of these cities. Pulp fiction is sold indiscriminately in these small towns in size. Novels like Ved Prakash Sharma, Surendra Mohan Pathak, Anil Sharma are found near Bus Stand or AH Wheeler of Railways. The story of a similar novel is like the film ‘Haseen Dilruba’ released on Netflix. The film is funny, only a little editing was lacking.

Haseen Dilruba is authored by Kanika Dhillon who hails from Amritsar, studied in Mumbai and London and has been associated with Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies for a long time. Kanika’s last released films were ‘Judgmental Hai Kya’, ‘Manmarziyaan’ and Netflix’s film ‘Guilty’. All three films were not particularly liked. Kangana Ranaut’s performance in Judgmental Hai Kya was good but the film turned out to be weak. Manmarziyaan was also a flop and it took time to understand the guilt of Kiara Advani.

Like ‘Manmarziyaan’ in Haseen Dilruba, there are two heroes, one is Taapsee Pannu. Delhi’s fast girl Rani Kashyap (Taapsee Pannu) gets married to Rishi (Vikrant Massey), an engineer in the small town’s electricity department, after a breakup with two boyfriends. Taapsee is fond of reading pulp fiction and Vikrant is the exact opposite of the picture of her life partner in her mind. Both try to explain their heart to each other but the matter does not work out. Vikrant’s brother-in-law Neil (Harshvardhan Rane) is a free-spirited young man, Taapsee gets impressed by his style and gets into a physical relationship with him. Taapsee plans to leave Vikrant and go with Harsh and also tells Vikrant but in the meantime Harsh, who is away from the commitment, disappears. Taapsee then tries to mend her relationship with Vikrant and the two forget everything in the past and start afresh. After some time there is an explosion in the house and Vikrant dies. The police suspects Taapsee and they force her to confess the crime in different ways. What is the reality, this is the suspense of this film.

Vinil Mathew, a famous name in the world of advertising films, is the director of this film. He had earlier directed Parineeti Chopra’s Sidharth Malhotra starrer Hasee Toh Phasee. Haseen Dilruba is his second film. In this film, Vinil has presented a mixture of romance and comedy in the film with the help of dialogues by television writer Ankana Joshi. The scenes between Taapsee and Vikrant are hilarious. Vikrant, who came to see Taapsee for marriage, got his kitchen fan repaired, Taapsee tried to woo Vikrant by repeatedly dropping her pallu at the behest of her aunt, Vikrant making tea, some of them seemed like everyday anecdotes. Yes.. Vinil has worked hard to keep the script a bit cumbersome.

Harshvardhan Rane is very much liked by young girls. His fame had increased a bit with his film Sanam Teri Kasam, although he did not get much work. His role in this film is minor. A care free youngster who is interested in sports like river rafting is no moral, it takes nothing to bond with his sister-in-law. He has no regrets in betraying his own brother and even in beating him up. Harshvardhan’s dialogue delivery is not so effective. He also has less expressions, so he takes on playing this small role, although he does not impress. Vikrant Massey hails from a small town but wants to have a modern look. Vegetarians eat mutton at home, fix TVs, fridges, washing machines of the local people for free on Sundays and do not understand the infidelity of their wife. In Yash Chopra’s film Silsila, when Sanjeev Kumar comes to know about the love affair of his wife Rekha and Amitabh, Vikrant has acted in the same mood as he sobbs inside. Vikrant’s reaction power is tremendous and his talent is clearly visible in this film. He may get more work but he is not like a conventional hero so maybe the producers are afraid to take him.

The third angle of Haseen Dilruba’s love triangle is Taapsee Pannu who is the center of the film and the weakest link. A girl living in Delhi, who has a boyfriend for 5 years and a boyfriend for 2 years, says yes to the marriage of a simple boy. Girls who have experienced love, quickly sense the character of boys. Despite this, Taapsee marries Vikrant. She listens to the words of her aunt and the adventure she is looking for after marriage has been shown to be very superficial. While reading murder mystery novels, his mind also gets spoiled but his character can never take such a form where, he can be either hated or shown sympathy. She has played the character of a feminist girl raising the flag of her rights in the past and even in this romantic film, she could not bring any newness to her performance. His performance is good only in the scene with Inspector (Aditya Srivastava). The way she avoids the ‘lie detector test’ with a technique she read in a novel, is funny. Taapsee will have to take care in the selection of her roles and especially to see that she is not being typecast. His work in this film can be considered quite average.

The cinematography of the film is done by Jayakrishna Gummadi and has done a good job. Taapsee’s beauty has been shown well. Shweta Venkat, editor of films like Hasee Toh Phasee, Gangs of Wasseypur, Newton, and Kalank, has edited the film well. 15 minutes more could have been reduced from this film. Some scenes of Vikrant and Taapsee seem to have entered the film without talking and for this reason the scenes of Taapsee’s police station could have been better. Atul Tiwari’s character always comes. Ashish Verma is a good actor but injustice has been done to him in this film. The small-town habits that were captured in Tanu Weds Manu or Raanjhanaa are completely missing from this film and that is why there is no connection with the film. Music is by Amit Trivedi. No other song is effective except Flipsh Jaa Tu.

Don’t watch the film with high expectations. The first part of the film is good. There is light romance, pranks, a little fun and a little cute situations. In the second part, a conspiracy is hatched to kill Vikrant and to show him, the Inspector is shown reading a novel which destroys the thrill of the audience. If you are sitting at home then watch the movie. Time will pass.


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