Hum Do Hamare Do (2021) Review

Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah are the highlights in this okayish family entertainer

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Hum Do Hamare Do (2021) Review
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
13+
Genre
DRAMA
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

In order to woo the love of his life, Anya, and marry her, Dhruv, an orphan, decides to convince Purshottam and Deepti to be his parents. But how long will the lie survive?

Analysis

Not since 14 Phere on ZEE5 has a family dramedy released, where the secondary cast completely upstages the primary cast. Hum Do Hamare Do had everything going for it: an unusual story, a great cast and an assured director in Gujarati stalwart Abhishek Jain. But 14 Phere had a nuanced backdrop, and made its protagonists flesh-and-blood characters you could identify with. Here, the story by Jain and Deepak Venkateshan sadly leaves out any scope for nuance.
 
The only thing that prevents Hum Do Hamare Do from slipping away into irrelevance completely, and which makes some moments engrossing, is the relationship between Purshottam and Deepti. You feel the weight of years and unfulfilled love hanging heavy over their characters, and they effectively convey the same through their body language. The rest of the film, however, is pedestrian fare. I was actually missing Jain's attention to detail, which is what made his 2014 film Bey Yaar and his series Vitthal Teedi so damn enjoyable. This film chugs along on light and frothy lines, but is nothing remarkable.

Performances

Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon arre likable as Dhruv and Anya, and try to make the most of two characters who have not effectively been sketched out. The real scene-stealers, though, are Paresh Rawal as Purshottam, who is always prone to gaffes, and Ratna Pathak Shah as the reserved Deepti. Manu Rishi Chadha is all right as Anya's uncle Sanjeev. The rest of the cast is okay.

Music & Other Departments

The cinematography and produuction design are all right.

Highlights

The performances by Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah.

Drawbacks

The story could have had more novelty and nuance, considering 14 Phere shares many traits with it.

Did I enjoy it?

I enjoyed it in parts.

Do I recommend it?

You can give this a watch for the cast.



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