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Dil Dhadakne Do (English: Let the Heart Beat) is a 2015 Indian comedy drama film directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film features an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar, with a voice-over performance by Aamir Khan as the family Dog Pluto, the narrator of the film. The supporting cast also includes Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Vikrant Massey, Ridhima Sud, Pawan Chopra, Parmeet Sethi, Dolly Mattdo and Manoj Pahwa. The film tells the story of a dysfunctional Punjabi family (The Mehras) who invite their family and friends along on a cruise trip to celebrate the parents' 30th wedding anniversary.

Dil Dhadakne Do
First Look Poster of Dil Dhadakne Do.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Zoya Akhtar
Produced by
Screenplay by
Starring
Narrated by Aamir Khan
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Carlos Catalan
Edited by
  • Anand Subaya
  • Manan Mehta
Production
company
Distributed by Eros International
Release date
  • 5 June 2015 (2015-06-05)
Running time
173 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 830 million[2]
Box office 1.45 billion[2]

Akhtar conceived the film as a family drama with a brother-sister relationship as the core narrative. Akhtar wanted to showcase a more realistic portrayal of siblings relationship through the film unlike the dubious and over the top portrayal, for which Bollywood is known. She later co-wrote the screenplay with her longtime collaborator Reema Kagti. The film was released worldwide on 5 June 2015 to generally positive reviews from critics. The majority of praise was directed towards the performances of the four principal actors portraying the members of The Mehra family (Kapoor, Shah, Chopra and Singh), cinematography and costumes. However, it received criticism for its length and the climax. The film grossed 1.45 billion at the box office.

The film received a number of accolades particularly for the actors. It received five Filmfare nominations, winning Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor. Dil Dhadakne Do also received nine nominations at the 2016 Screen Awards including Best Film, Best Director for Akhtar, and Best Actress for Chopra, winning two: Best Supporting Actor for Kapoor and Best Ensemble Cast.

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PlotEdit

Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor) is a businessman who owns Ayka, a company on the verge of bankruptcy. He has a troubled relationship with his wife, Neelam (Shefali Shah) and his two children, Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and Kabir (Ranveer Singh). The Mehra family also includes their pet dog Pluto (voiced by Aamir Khan). Ayesha owns a successful business of her own, but is unhappy with her marriage to Manav Sangha (Rahul Bose), a controlling, narcissistic husband who, together with his mother Smita (Zarina Wahab), hates Ayesha's family. Kabir unwillingly participates in the family business even though he yearns to become a pilot.

In celebration of Kamal and Neelam's 30th wedding anniversary, they invite their family and friends for a 10-day cruise across the Mediterranean. Among their invitees are the Sood family, consisting of businessman Lalit Sood (Parmeet Sethi), his wife Naina (Dolly Mattdo) and their daughter Noori (Riddhima Sud). Kamal and Neelam plan to get Kabir married to Noori, in exchange for Lalit investing in Ayka.

On the cruise, Kabir meets dancer Farah (Anushka Sharma) and begins a romantic relationship with her. Noori, on the other hand, is in love with Rana Khanna (Vikrant Massey), the son of Vinod (Manoj Pahwa) and Vandana (Preeti Mamgain). The Khannas, however, are sworn enemies with the Soods, so Kabir and Noori decide to manipulate their parents into believing that they are dating each other, while continuing with their respective relationships. Ayesha considers divorcing her husband, whom she believes is incompatible with her. Her parents, however, are staunchly against it as they believe it will dishonour the family. Meanwhile, Sunny Gill (Farhan Akhtar), the son of Kamal's manager Amrish (Ikhlaque Khan), arrives on the ship. It is revealed that Sunny and Ayesha dated each other as teenagers. Kamal, who was unhappy with their relationship, arranged and paid for Sunny to study abroad to separate his daughter from Sunny. Ayesha realises that she still harbors feelings for Sunny who is now a successful journalist. He, unlike her husband, appreciates her strong personality and believes in female empowerment.

Neelam sees Kamal flirting with one of the female guests, and wonders why she did not divorce him despite his past infidelities. Ayesha confronts Sunny about his sudden departure and ends up kissing him, which she later regrets because she is married. Meanwhile, Farah hears that Kabir is planning on marrying Noori, and ends their relationship. Elsewhere, Kamal spots Noori making out with Rana and has a fit, after which he is rushed to the emergency room on-board. At the clinic, Kamal tells Kabir that he saw Noori with Rana and asks him to not be involved with her anymore. Kabir admits to his family that he knew about the couple all along and that he is in love with Farah, a dancer and a Muslim. He also tells them of his intention to leave the family business and asks them to consider Ayesha, who is actually interested in business. He also tries to persuade them to let her proceed with her divorce as she is not happy with the marriage, but Kamal and Neelam still refuse on the grounds of their belief that marriages are lifelong commitments. Infuriated, Kabir reveals to Kamal that Neelam, Ayesha and himself were all aware about his adulterous pursuits and that Neelam has been bearing his infidelities and suffering emotionally in silence to save family. Kamal asks Neelam why she hadn't divorced him and she reveals that she had no choice as her family wouldn't accept her back due to fear of dishonour. Kamal realises his mistake, asks for forgiveness and consoles her. Later, while in efforts to reconcile Manav and Ayesha, Kamal sees how Manav ill treats his daughter and asks him and his mother to leave immediately. He agrees to the divorce and asks Ayesha for forgiveness.

Kabir tries to persuade Farah to forgive him for lying to her, but she ends up getting fired from her job for being involved with a passenger and is told to leave the ship. Kabir finds out about her being fired after the ship has set sail. Seeing no other option, Kabir jumps off the ship, aided by Sunny, hoping that his family will rescue him and help him get to the shore. Kamal, Neelam, Ayesha and their dog Pluto eventually find a lifeboat to rescue him. While departing, Ayesha asks Sunny if he would wait for her to which he replies "forever". The family picks up Kabir and heads towards the shore while being chased by the ship's crew. The Mehra family is seen happy in each other's presence for the first time.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
Reema Kagti (left) co-wrote the screenplay with Zoya Akhtar (Right).

Excel Entertainment announced its slate of upcoming films in March 2012, one among them was Zoya Akhtar's next film following Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011). At the time, it was reported that she was working on a script with filming set to start in December 2012.[4] However, Akhtar dismissed the reports saying she was yet to start writing her next script.[5] In May 2012, media reports suggested that Akhtar had already started writing her next film.[6] In July 2012, it was reported that the script was about siblings, partially based on Akhtar and her brother Farhan Akhtar.[7] Farhan Akhtar later denied the reports of the film being autobiographical saying that the film has nothing to do with their real life relationship and that it is entirely a work of fiction.[8] In November 2012, Akhtar revealed that she was still writing the script and that the film was a family drama.[9]

Akhtar co-wrote the screenplay with her long time friend and collaborator Reema Kagti.[10] Akhtar had always aspired to make a family drama with a brother-sister relationship at the core of the narrative, which she felt has not been well represented in Indian films.[11] She felt that the brother-sister relationship bond has always been shown "wrapped in rituals", never portrayed the way it really is, saying "They generally have cheesy representations. They are never at ease. This is one of the most important relationships in the world because nobody else shares your parents. I wanted to show that relationship in Dil Dhadakne Do"[10][11] Akhtar also wanted to showcase the quirkiness of a dysfunctional family, with different layers to each of the family member saying "the beauty of families lies in their flaws".[12][13]

When asked whether the film had any similarities with her own life and family, she clarified that it had none and the only common thing was the bond between her and her brother to that of film's sibling protagonists but all their problems and conflicts were not similar.[12] Akhtar, an avid observer, revealed that the film was partly fiction and partly a fictionalised version of the observation of around people her such as her friends, their families, literature and news articles and taking up even little details.[14][15] Kagti and Akhtar revealed that they got a lot off stuff from observing people of Delhi, where the characters are from, during their friends' back to back elite class wedding parties during the time they were finishing up the script and took notes about the behavior and demeanor of the people and incorporated in their script.[14] After they had locked all the character, they felt that something was missing, so they chose to add the family Dog Pluto as an observer.[16]

On being asked about interweaving travel in the narrative, Akhtar revealed that she and Kagti wanted a device for the narrative to bring all the characters (the entire family) together.[13] She explained that the film could have been set anywhere such as a hill station or any other place but they chose to set the film on a Cruise ship because then the characters would not be able to leave and are stuck together.[13][17] Akhtar said that it was a metaphor for the bigger journey that every family undertakes. Similarly in the film, the characters are stuck together on a Ship in the middle of an ocean and could not leave even if they want to.[17] Akhtar has revealed that the reason behind selecting the film's title Dil Dhadakne Do was that she wanted a catchy title which could be easily identifiable.[17]

CastingEdit

The cast consisted of Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. After Ranbir's date issues were apparent, Akhtar approached Ranveer Singh to play the role of the brother opposite Kareena with Katrina as his love interest.[18] Kareena had decided to turn down the offer as she was keen to work with cousin Ranbir.[19] In June 2013 it was rumoured Priyanka Chopra will be replacing Kareena as Ranveer's sister and in October 2013 it was confirmed.[20][21] Also announced was Anushka Sharma as Ranveer's love interest and Anil Kapoor in a pivotal role. After featuring in Zoya's Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, brother Farhan Akhtar was confirmed to play a role in the film.[22] Actors Madhuri Dixit, Tabu and Raveena Tandon were all considered for the role of Ranveer's and Priyanka's mother on screen until Shefali Shah was confirmed.[23]

FilmingEdit

Shooting of the film's first schedule began on 17 May 2014. The cast and crew filmed on a Pullmantur Cruises Deck 7 throughout Europe, specifically in France, Spain, Tunisia and Italy for a month.[24] Shooting then proceeded on land in Turkey and was wrapped on 18 July 2014.[25] The shooting of the film's second and final schedule began on 5 August 2014 in Mumbai and was officially wrapped on 23 September 2014.

SoundtrackEdit

Dil Dhadakne Do
Soundtrack album by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
Released 2 May 2015 (2015-05-02)
Genre Feature-film soundtrack
Length 21:37
Language Hindi
Label T-Series
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy chronology
Kill Dil
(2014)Kill Dil2014
Dostana
(2015)
Katti Batti
(2015)Katti Batti2015

Dil Dhadakne Do's soundtrack was composed by the trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy and Javed Akhtar wrote the lyrics. The album consists of five original songs.[26] The vocals are performed by Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Sukriti Kakar, Siddharth Mahadevan, Shankar Mahadevan, Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar and Alyssa Mendonsa. It was released on 2 May 2015 by T-Series.[26]

The soundtrack received generally positive review from critics, who labelled it more of a narrative based rather than a chartbuster. Chopra's singing in her first proper Hindi song was also lauded by critics.[26] Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave a rating of 3.5 out of 5 calling it "a classy soundtrack" which was unadulterated when it came to quintessential Bollywood "scheme of things."[26] The Times of India also gave it a rating of 3.5 out of 5 terming the compositions "foot-tapping and swingy".[27] In an another positive review, Filmfare felt that the composers had done a good job despite the hurdles, noting the limiting setting of the film.[28] Koimoi rated it 2.5 out of 5, calling it a mixed bag. However, it praised the songs "Dil Dhadakne Do" and "Pehli Baar", noting them as standouts. The reviewer wrote that Chopra particularly "impresses with her vocals" in the former song.[29]

Track listing[30]
No. Title Lyrics Artist(s) Length
1. "Dil Dhadakne Do" Javed Akhtar Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar 03:48
2. "Pehli Baar" Javed Akhtar Sukriti Kakar, Siddharth Mahadevan 04:23
3. "Gallan Goodiyaan" Javed Akhtar Shankar Mahadevan, Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu, Farhan Akhtar, Sukhwinder Singh 04:56
4. "Girls Like To Swing" Javed Akhtar Sunidhi Chauhan 04:03
5. "Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi" Javed Akhtar Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Divya Kumar, Alyssa Mendonsa 04:27

ReleaseEdit

Dil Dhadakne Do was one of the highly anticipated films of 2015 owing to the star cast involved and the success of Akhta's previous film.[31][32] The first look teaser poster showing from behind the six pivotal characters and a dog sunbathing on a cruise deck was released released on 21 July 2014, almost a year before the scheduled release.[33] The poster didn't reveal actor's look instead made the audience puzzling about the actors from the behind frame.[34] Few days later, the first full poster revealing the actual position of the actors from front was revealed.[34][35] In April 2015, seven character posters were including one for the family Dog Pluto. The poster reveals garnered lot of buzz for the film.[36] The trailer release was highly anticipated in the media and Industry as the plot was kept under wraps.[37]

Emphasizing the theme of the film, Akhtar and Kapoor hosted private special screening of the trailer for their friends and family.[38][39] The official theatrical release posters were released before the trailer.[40] The almost three minutes official trailer was finally released on 15 April 2015 and garnering over one million views in less than 24 hours.[41][42] The trailer was well-received by the media and the Industry people, who deemed it promising with NDTV writing "With exotic locations, sweeping views and grand sets forming the perfect backdrop, Dil Dhadakne Do seems to be a heady cocktail of romance, drama and tears and will perhaps be 2015's most dramatic film."[42][43] The Indian Express called it "overwhelming" and wrote "The top-view of the cruise line with expansive ocean as the backdrop, stunning foreign locales and beautiful people in their stylish best make for compelling visuals. But scratch the surface, and you find a dysfunctional family trying hard to act normal to the world."[44]

The film was released on 5 June 2015 in 2300 screens worldwide on a budget of 830 million.[2][45] Box Office India noted that due to film's niche content, it is likely to perform better only in Metropolitan cities of India as opposed to small centers but predicted that it had a much better prospects at the Overseas box office.[46] The film had decent opening, with collections of 100 million on its opening day.[47] The collections jumped 20% on its second day collecting 120 million and another 20% on its third day with collections of 140 million for the opening domestic weekend of 360 million.[48] The film recorded the highest overseas opening of the year for an Indian film at the time of its release collecting 195 million in its opening weekend.[49] Notably, the film debuted at number 9 at the U.K. Box Office, where it earned $330,000 in its opening weekend.[50] The total worldwide opening weekend collections stood at 675 million, making it the top worldwide opener among Indian films at the time of its release.[51] On its first Monday, the film help up its collections, dropping only 40%, earning another 57.5 million.[52] The film earned 550 million in its first week at the domestic box office and over 980 million worldwide.[53] In its second weekend, Dil Dhadakne Do earned 100 million.[53] During its theatrical run, the film grossed over 1 billion in India and a further 450 million worldwide, for a worldwide total of 1.45 billion.[2]

Distributed by Big Home Entertainment, it was released on DVDs on 30 August 2015 in all regions in a two-disc pack in NTSC widescreen format, with bonus content such as the making of the film and deleted scenes.[54] A VCD version was released at the same time.[55] The film's Blu-ray version was released on 5 September 2015.[56] Dil Dhadakne Do had its Indian television premiere on 24 October 2015 on Zee Cinema.[57]

ReceptionEdit

The film received generally positive reviews, receiving praise for the cast' performance, humour, cinematography, costumes and direction but received criticism for its runtime and climax. In a 4 star review for Mumbai Mirror, critic Kunal Guha described the film as an "emotional roller-coaster", comparing Akhtar's direction to that of Woody Allen and Wes Anderson, and praised the performances of the cast.[58] Bollywood Hungama gave the film 3.5 stars, praising Akhtar's direction for "[pulling] off such a magnificent film with such utmost ease."[59] Rajiv Vijayakar from India-West gave a rating of 4 stars describing it as "entertaining with stellar performances", praising Akhtar's direction and wote "Zoya gets the emotions right by making the entertainment riveting and the experience full of many perceptive insights into basic relationships".[60] Shubha Shetty-Saha of Mid-Day gave the film 4 stars, and praised the story, stating, "If this film looks like an entertaining, escapist film at the outset, it is, but it is also much deeper than that".[61] She also praised the performances, especially Chopra's and Singh's, writing "These two blazing talents are magical when they come together sharing what perhaps could be one of the best sibling chemistry in Hindi films."[61]

Srijana Mitra Das of The Times of India gave the film 4 stars, also praising the performances of the lead actors, and reviewed, "On this ship, a few bolts could be tighter. But these are fleeting clouds on an otherwise beautiful sea, hosting a cruise...while searching beyond Bollywood's emotional Botox for a family's warts - and its heart."[62] Writing Hindustan Times, film critic Anupama Chopra rated the film 3.5 stars praising the performances, particularly of Kapoor, Shah and Chopra, and the the high production value, writing ""There are soaring top shots of the ship, of gorgeous towns in Turkey and Greece, and of staggering fashions."[63] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare described the film as a "spunky comedy, straight from the heart", attributing the performances of the lead actors as the prime reason for the film's success.[64] Sonia Chopra from Sify also gave 3.5 stars, calling Dil Dhadakne Do, a film with "robust heartbeat", praising Akhtar's ability to create "real and interesting" characters and wrote "Zoya Akhtar brings in several delightful elements of her filmmaking style—there's the gorgeous cast playing interesting characters, the overt and covert equations between them, the hints at societal hypocrisy and sexism, the romance, the gorgeous locales, and the measured pace."[65]

Film critic Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave 3 stars, particularly praising the performances of the lead actors, especially that of Kapoor and Shah terming them as "absolutely riveting " and the humour in the screenplay, concluded that the film is "easy and breezy, and packed with terrific actors who appear to be enjoying themselves", although he did criticize the pacing and climax of the film calling it "silly".[66] In a 3 star review, film critic Mayank Shekhar of ABP News found that "patiently drawing out emotions from every character" made the film "horrendously long [and] too languidly paced", although he did call the film ""intensely real, intrinsically adult, with several sharp observations about relationships and life".[67] Scoring the film 3 stars, Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com wrote that Dil Dhadakne Do "unravels like an entire season of soap opera condensed into a nearly three-hour movie" but found it "too facile to rise above the charming fluff".[68] Ritika Bhatia of Business Standard wrote that the film "does have its enjoyable moments, but with a three-hour runtime, it fails to sail the high seas", and termed the film "ambitious" but "meandering".[69] Conversely, Shilpa Jamkhandikar of Reuters called it "Akhtar's weakest film yet, because she tries to tell too many stories at once and tells none entirely".[70] Sarita A. Tanwar of Daily News and Analysis gave the film 2.5 stars, and wrote that the film would have "been a lot of fun [if] had it been shorter, crisper and less indulgent".[71]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of Ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
BIG Star Entertainment Awards 16 January 2016 Most Entertaining Drama Film Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated [72]
Most Entertaining Actor in Drama Role – Male Anil Kapoor Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor in a Drama Film – Female Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Male Ranveer Singh Won
Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Role – Female Anushka Sharma Nominated
Most Entertaining Singer – Female Priyanka Chopra (for song "Dil Dhadakne Do") Nominated
Filmfare Awards 16 January 2016 Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won [73]
[74]
Best Supporting Actress Shefali Shah Nominated
Anushka Sharma Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar (for song "Gallan Goodiyaan") Nominated
Global Indian Music Academy Awards 6 April 2016 Best Music Director Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated [75]
Best Background Score Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated
Best Engineer – Film Album Tanay Gajjar Nominated
Best Music Arranger and Programmer Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated
IIFA Awards 26 June 2016 Best Actress Priyanka Chopra Nominated [76]
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Anushka Sharma Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Sunidhi Chauhan (for song "Girls Like to Swing") Nominated
Mirchi Music Awards 2016 Album of the Year Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated [77]
Lyricist of the Year Javed Akhtar (for song "Phir Bhi Yeh Zindagi") Nominated
Best Background Score Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Jim Satya Nominated
Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year Sukriti Kakar (for song "Pehli Baar") Nominated
Producers Guild Film Awards 22 December 2015 Best Actress in a Leading Role Priyanka Chopra Nominated [78]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Farhan Akhtar Nominated
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Anushka Sharma Nominated
Best Female Playback Singer Sunidhi Chauhan (for song "Girls Like to Swing") Nominated
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar (for song "Gallan Goodiyaan") Nominated
Best Choreography Bosco–Caesar (for song "Gallan Goodiyaan") Nominated
Screen Awards 8 January 2016 Best Film Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated [79]
[80]
Best Director Zoya Akhtar Nominated
Best Actress Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Best Ensemble Cast Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Priyanka Chopra,
Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Farhan Akhtar
Won
Best Actor (Popular Choice) Ranveer Singh Nominated
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Priyanka Chopra Nominated
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Anushka Sharma Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Music Director Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated
Stardust Awards 22 December 2015 Actor of the Year – Female Priyanka Chopra Nominated [81]
[82]
Actor of the Year – Male Ranveer Singh Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Anil Kapoor Won
Best Supporting Actress Shefali Shah Won
Best Costume Design Arjun Bhasin Won
Times of India Film Awards 18 March 2016 Best Film Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated [83]
Best Director Zoya Akhtar Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Male Anil Kapoor Won
Best Supporting Actor Female Shefali Shah Nominated
Zee Cine Awards 21 February 2016 Best Actor – Female Priyanka Chopra Nominated [84]
[85]
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Male Anil Kapoor Nominated
Best Female Debut Ridhima Sud Nominated
Best Music Director Shankar Ehsaan Loy Nominated

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