Haseen Dillruba Movie Review
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Director: Vinil Mathew
Star Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane
Haseen Dilruba is a twisted love story of internally flawed characters portrayed by Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane. Set in a small town in India, an element of adventure is woven into the plot as the female protagonist is caught in a murderous situation. The whole struggle for murder in Haseen Dilruba is silly from the word go and certainly wouldn’t exist in the first place if the lead used a weapon of “self-defense” to get out of the alleged scenario.
The director, Vinil Mathew, sets up the plot well in the first 45 minutes, in which he establishes the tender relationship of Rani (Taapsee) and Rishabh (Vikrant), however, it’s all a toss when Neil (Harshvardhan) comes into the picture. goes for. . Sweet moments with humour are taken over by inappropriately dark scenarios, conflicts and complexities.
Kanika Dhillon’s characters are flawed, but, surprisingly, it is the female protagonist set up as an independent woman, who eventually comes across as helpless and regressive. A really disturbing sub-plot ensues when Rishabh becomes violent and abusive towards Rani, with Rani taking it all on her own in the name of love.
While the first half is boring, things start to get bizarre with every passing scene in the second half, with the worst scenes being reserved for the climax. As of 2018, Aanand L Rai was the pioneer of small town cinema in Bollywood, and looked to him to come up with some heartwarming stories from the heartland of India. But the producers have suddenly turned to the dark world, losing their innocence to the characters behind the scenes who were in search of goodness. Producer Tanu Weds belongs to the positive world of Manu franchise, Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Happy Bhag Jayegi and Nil Battey Sannata, and it is time to get back to the roots.
It’s the goodness in the first 45 minutes of the film that scores, not the dark, earthy, edgy elements that ultimately reveal in Journey. The cinematography adds to the positives for Haseen Dilruba, as the location brings out the grandeur inherent in the spectacle. The background score has a pulp fiction vibe while the songs also take the story forward and blend well into the story. The dialogues are fine, there are some great one-liners for Inspector Kishore Rawat (Aditya Srivastava). However, all technical soundness is cut short by poorly scripted and confusing direction.
Talking about acting, Taapsee Pannu is fine as she gets to explore different aspects of human emotions through Rani, however, there is nothing that we have not seen her before. Vikrant Massey really steers the show here, as he morphs into a violently self-centered human being from next door to eventually become a possessive lover – all with complete conviction. Harshvardhan Rane has a small role, acting as the originator of the story. He is honest, however, disappointed with the poorly sketched character. Aditya Srivastava as a cop is brilliant, and posted as a murder mystery a lot is expected of this character in the film. The rest of the ensemble cast is well cast for the respective roles.
All said and done, Haseen Dilruba is disappointing, mainly disappointed by the illogical turn of events in the second half. There is no real conflict in the story which is why the film is being pulled. The cast has put in a sincere effort, but the film is clearly bad.