“Dum Laga ke Haisa” and finding yourself in loneliness

There is a time in the film when the camera goes out and films the light of a scooter moving through a large bridge. The song “Moh moh ke dhaage” plays in the background. This is a moment that would make you fall in love with the film itself, the simplicity of it, the whole deal that surrounds it. The best films give off an aroma that lingers with you even after you have watched it. With this there comes an aroma of old romantic books and indian food, and it permeates the senses.
“Dum Laga ke Haisa” is more a statement than a story that needs to be told. Looking back, this is not a story to win hearts but, the outcome is so earnest, so well made that you cannot help falling for it again and again. The soulful music tracks and the two beautiful human beings at the centre of the film just enhance the story.
The most wonderful part of this story is perhaps the simplicity, the normality of it all. We all desire for that fit person to be beside us. Someone who conforms to the society’s norms of what is hot. That is no crime. But, when the heroine looks at her husband and says “You never gave me the chance to show my love or tell about it”, you feel the pain of a person who is not there. The person who is not hot, who is fat is often the subject of ridicule but, here they make it into a statement and what a heroine that makes. The dialogues ring true, the ferocity, the anger rings true and you are left with a heartfelt romance.
Both people in a relationship are flawed, the man suffers from being ridiculed for the lack of education, the wife is well-educated and yet, her weight is criticized by her husband. The differences grow in levels and lead to nowhere at all, but, then it starts working. This is the second arranged marriage film that I am watching after “Tanu weds Manu”, that film is different, it makes fun of the situations and grows love from there, here love is never there but, the situations, the pains lead to them.
You see the characters, and they are not made of wax, these are people who bleed and are stronger than anyone else. It makes the story.
And you cheer them on at the last moment when the entire movie comes to a climax because you want them to end up together. You want them to make it because that proves love exists. And a movie that makes you care about its characters is perhaps better than a hundred other movies that don’t.
Watch this, and sit with a bit of tissues if you cry at romance.
And listen to the tracks again when the night falls.
For now the threads are again in the sky, falling leisurely at nowhere and romance is going to be found at the strangest corners.


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