Movie Name: Haseen Dillruba
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey
Director: Vinil Mathew
Back in 2016, Shutu gained us over together with his piercing gaze and a twinkle in his eyes that did not converse of rainbows, however of darkish clouds of despair. Those eyes belonged to Vikrant Massey, and Shutu belonged to A Death In The Gunj, a world painted in broad and nice strokes of gloom and despair by Konkona Sensharma. In Vinil Mathew’s Haseen Dillruba, we noticed these eyes in Vikrant as soon as once more. For dillruba’s husn lies in the eyes of the beholder – these very eyes.
Haseen Dillruba, now streaming on Netflix, is headlined by Taapsee Pannu. Like her character, named Rani, she is the queen of the film. She’s a Delhi-bred lady who describes herself as the ‘full package deal’ to her newlywed seedha-saadha husband, Vikrant’s Rishab AKA Rishu. But Jwalapur, the place she’s now pressured to maneuver to after marriage, is not worthy of her. She is nonetheless intrigued by this ‘chhota sheher‘ – small city – just because her favorite creator Dinesh Pandit writes about bade qatal (huge murders) in such chhote sheher. But her intrigue reaches a untimely finish very like her husband Rishu on their first night time collectively. “Koi jwala nahi bharakne wali Jwalapur mein (there are going to be no fireworks in Jwalapur),” she declares to her mom and maasi over the telephone, the two girls in her life devoted to instructing her methods to seduce her husband.
Many ‘organize marriages’ in India start this method, and stay this method – kuch aachhe, kuch bure (a little bit good, a little bit unhealthy) as Taapsee’s Rani explains to Inspector Kishore Rawat, a really critical, nonetheless stuck-in-the-Inspector-Avinash mould, Aditya Srivastava. Rani proper now is the prime suspect in a demise in this Gunj, however the police are satisfied it is a homicide.
There’s no concrete proof towards Rani, however in a spicey case reminiscent of this with a bhabhi (sister-in-law) at the centre, public opinion can sway solely in two instructions. It is both the spouse and her lover at the helm of against the law, or the spouse’s harmless as a result of she’s a girl in spite of everything, and girls are a factor of magnificence. Sati or slut. Meanwhile, fact watches the complete factor play out sitting on a tree close by.
Kanika Dhillon, writer, bases her total thriller on this trope and efficiently manages to weave a narrative that retains you guessing. There are instances if you end up satisfied Rani is at fault. And Kanika drives that time in more durable with the introduction of Neel (Harshvardhan Rane), Rishu’s cousin. While Harshvardhan’s Neel stays unidimensional, there merely to indicate off his naked chest and equally naked morals, Rani’s character arcs, displaying us the loneliness of a sex-less marriage earlier than lastly submitting to Rishu’s quiet love.
Taapsee Pannu and Harshvardhan Rane in a nonetheless from Netflix’s Haseen Dillruba.
But that love is something however quiet – it is full-blown chaos. In Vikrant’s Rishu, Kanika offers us obsession of the darkest sort. His eyes glimmer with hatred, and he is aware of not if it is for her or for himself. He will get into bodily fights with Neel figuring out he’d not win however simply to really feel the ache. man gone rogue is a scary sight. And one ought to by no means underestimate the wrath of a typical man.
While Haseen Dillruba begins off as Taapsee’s film, halfway it shifts gears and turns into Vikrant Massey’s. The actor enhances the gear shift together with his near-perfect efficiency. In the first half, as Taapsee shines as the seductress, Vikrant’s efficiency stays understated, which makes the gear-shift that rather more stark. Taapsee, on the different hand, snug main from the entrance in the first half, appears uncomfortable restraining herself in the second. But, it does not matter, Vikrant’s obtained his foot on the accelerator now. Even although Taapsee will get extra display screen time all through the film.
The supporting forged, although has little to do in Haseen Dillruba, maintain their very own by the film. Yamini Das as the huggable saas Lata, removed from the saas-bahu exhibits, although she needs she might be extra authoritative, is our favorite. Daya Shankar Pandey as Brijraj, the father-in-law, enhances her completely. Ashish Verma as hero ka dost Afzar will get some of the quirky dialogues and positively the quirky coiffure – virtually reminding us of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raj from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, however that is about it.
The thrill of Haseen Dillruba would have been rather less thrilling if it wasn’t for Amit Trivedi. The man who’s strung a melody for our each temper has performed it as soon as once more in Haseen Dillruba. Milaa Yun and Phisal Ja Tu have a particular place, each for various causes.
So, what does not work in this Netflix providing? The size definitely is a bummer. 2 hours and 15 minutes are far too long for OTT streaming. Mind you there is no interval, as is the norm on OTT platforms. And when the narrative will get notably intense, you crave one. Yet, even with a lot time at hand, there appears to be a lot extra of content material simply stuffed into one film. Several scenes may have been reduce brief, very brief, and plenty of extra may have been chopped off – pun meant – to maintain the circulate crisp. We perceive it is the influence that the director was going for, however an influence can both be achieved in a second or under no circumstances.
You do not see the ending of Haseen Dillruba coming till about quarter-hour from it. And when it does, you ask if one thing else may have been in place of that. Perhaps sure. But then, as Dinesh Pandit writes, “Amar prem wahi hai jisme khoon ke halke halke se chhitein ho, taki usse nazar na lage. (A true love story is that which has a little blood splattered across it to ward of the evil eye)”
We’re going with 3.5 stars out of 5.