Haseen Dillruba starts off just fine and it has its own elements, thanks to the mystery, drama, and even adultery. However, as the film progresses, there seem to be a bunch of problems that follow. While the trailer did grab quite a lot of eyeballs, the film doesn’t do justice to it as well. Read our Haseen Dillruba review to know more about what transpires throughout.
Haseen Dillruba cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava
Producers: T-Series, Colour Yellow Productions Pvt. Ltd.
- Director: Vinil Mathew
- Screenplay & Dialogues: Kanika Dhillon
- Music: Amit Trivedi
- Editor: Shweta Venkat Mathew
- Cinematography: Jayakrishna Gummadi
- Production design: Madhur Madhavan and Swapnil Bhalerao
Where to watch: You can stream Haseen Dillruba on Netflix.
Ratings: 2.5/5 stars
Haseen Dillruba Plot
The story is based on the fictional town of Jwalapur. While Taapsee Pannu plays Rani, Vikrant Massey takes on the role of Rishabh. The two, completely opposite in nature, are married in an arranged marriage setting. While Rani is what seems to be a modern-day woman in a small town, Rishabh, is overwhelmed to have her as his wife. With time, there seem to be problems in their marriage, and Rishabh’s mother-in-law, only adds to them. All is going well, at least on paper, until Rishabh dies under mysterious circumstances. The blame now falls upon Rani, and Kishore Rawat (Aditya Srivastava) is onto her interrogation. Amid all of this, there’s also Harshvardhan’s suave Neel, the nephew to Rani’s mother-in-law. With complicated familial bonds, a death, an affair to add to it, and a bunch of comical episodes, there’s a little of everything in store when you watch the film.
Almost everything about Haseen Dillruba on Netflix seems good in the first half. However, it is later that the movie seems to take a dip. To start off with the performances, Taapsee plays her part well. As for her character, there seems to be a problem in Kanika’s writing, more than the story. While we see her as a strong and independent woman in the first half, things change later. And it happens in a way that doesn’t seem like a good change after all.
Aditya as Kishore is everything we imagine him to be, while Yamini Das as the mother-in-law, adds comical elements. Harshvardhan as Neel looks like a great addition to the cast, while others, help the story the best they can. However, as is true for every project that he joins, Vikrant is definitely the star of this film too. He owns the screen every time he is on it. The actor manages to unearth new layers to his craft with every new movie, and this is no different.
Check out the trailer of Haseen Dillruba here:
The movie does have a bunch of flaws, and its narrative, seems to be one. A lot about the movie seems repeated for the space that it is set up in. Given how thrillers are an absolute trend these days, the audience is not ready to accept mediocre stories. While there are both big and small events that have been taken care of in the first half, the second half of the plot is a lost cause. You want to think that things would get better, but sadly, even the climax does not help. However, having said that, I also want to tell you that it could be subjective, as to how one perceives it.
The movie has bits of comedy as well, and for that, you can trust Yamini. She does bring laughs on the screen, supported by other characters in Haseen Dillruba. However, there also seem to be bits that don’t go down very well with us, the way the film deals with domestic violence, for one. Also, there are a couple of instances that seem like a total diversion from what we see in the first half. While we understand that it could be necessary, but there’s no space for transition. Instead, it goes completely for a toss.
As for what we see and hear, an additional point to the creatives. The set-up of the movie is good, something that adds to the look and feel until you like the film. Even the trailers of the movie, did strike quite the attention for similar reasons.
Haseen Dillruba Highs
The efforts are definitely one to be highlighted, however, not everything works right, and that is a problem. Vikrant Massey is definitely one of the best things about Haseen Dillruba on Netflix. He always comes with a sweet surprise, and that is exactly what he does. The cinematography and production design are also a great plus in the movie.
Haseen Dillruba Lows
For us, the second half does not work at all. Even though the movie does not have many fallacies, it just does not click right. Though not a complete letdown, the film could have done way better if the narrative was done right.
Should you watch it?
Watch it not for the genre, but Vikrant, and even Taapsee for that matter. If you opt to watch Haseena Dillruba on Netflix for the thriller it is presented as, you are most likely to be disappointed. To be brutally honest, even watching the film with an open mind, does not help save the second half!
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