An ensemble cast of A-listers, the exotic locations of Turkey and a luxury cruiseline, and a couple of interesting songs laced beautifully in a soothing background score are sure ingredients of a stunning super entertainer. Zoya Akhtar made a delightful film in 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and she repeats the magic with this one.
Narrated by their pet dog Pluto Mehra, 'Dil Dhadakne Do' is about the dysfunctional Mehra family that takes a holiday together to sort out their differences. Talking about the basic plot, on paper it may look pretty average but the direction and performances take it far beyond. Anil Kapoor as Kamal Mehra proves yet again that he hasn't lost his acting prowess. Shefali Shah is an ace that the film has. She plays the high flying yet insecured Delhi Socialite with elan.
Priyanka Chopra plays the daughter who is neglected post her forced arranged marriage that too has developed cracks. Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar are fabulous in their cameos. However, it's the suave Ranveer Singh that steals the show. Infact, most of the film depends on his impeccable comic timing taunting the shallowness of the rich and privileged.
The films starts on a slow pace and gradually picks up, more so in the second half. Aamir Khan is Pluto's voice and mouths some great lines by the legendary Jaaved Akhtar saab. However, at a point you do realize that a canine is incapable of knowing these intricate facts about his master's lives. Zoya does take quite a few cinematic liberties that could have been totally avoided by the proficient filmmaker who gave us 'Luck By Chance'.
Overall, the film makes for a decent watch if you oversee the storyline that is as superficial as the high-profile Delhi-ites portrayed in the film. Pity given that Zoya has proved to be capable of much more. However, if you love the gloss of 'ZNMD' you sure are going to enjoy watching this one. No harm in watching it once, so we are going with two and a half stars to Zoya Akhtar's 'Dil Dhadakne Do'.