Hum Do Hamare Do review: Lazy family comedy backed by stellar performances

Rating: 2/5

Hum Do Hamare Do’ is a famous Indian quote used to preach the benefits of family planning. The story’s plotline adds a little twist to the ‘Hamare Do’ phrase which aims at parents instead of children. The idea is to uplift the essence of having a family and how most people are fortunate to have one.

Story

Dhruv (Rajkummar Rao) is an entrepreneur who organises a launch party for his new VR device. Aanya (Kriti Sanon) is a blogger who attends the party to promote the product. They have a conversation and gradually fall in love after a few coincidental meetings. Dhruv is an orphan who has struggled real hard to be so successful with no support.

Scenes from his childhood show that he used to work in a roadside dhaba owned by Purushottam (Paresh Rawal) who acted as his guardian. One morning, Dipti (Ratna Pathak Shah), the long lost love of Purushottam came along with her family to this dhaba. She is immediately drawn to this cute little fella, Dhruv. After this interaction, Dhruv becomes adamant to create his own family as he felt the lack of it. He runs away one night after a debate on this issue with Purushottam.

While they are hanging out with each other, Aanya recollects thoughts from her childhood related to her parent’s death. She expresses her desire to marry a person with a sweet family and a dog. Dhruv, already in love with Aanya fails to build up enough courage to point out he is an orphan. Without any choice, Dhruv, with the help of his friend, Shunty (Aparshakti Khurana) tries hard to put up a false set-up by hiring parents.

After several futile efforts, he finally approaches Purushottam and Dipti to play the role. They agree and he proposes to Anya. The disguise aroused few suspicions but it gradually deteriorated because they perfectly blend as a family in very little time. The marriage is fixed but the whole truth gets exposed on the sangeet night. The couple separate amidst the chaos, not knowing if they’ll ever reconcile.

Performances

Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah beat all with their marvellous performances. Their adorable romance with frequent nit-picks are sure to bring a smile to your faces. Shah impresses us with her role as a perfectionist yet caring partner and mother. Rawal’s energetic portrayal of his character that goes back to his valiant youth is flawless.

He masters all the aspects of a hopeless romantic — extremely nervous in her presence, nodding to everything she says and never missing a chance to profess his love.

There is also another chemistry that is quite delightful. The bond of friendship between Aparshakti Khurana and Rajkummar Rao. Khurana with his incredible comic timings and solid expressions helps build a strong connection from the very beginning.

Although Rajkummar Rao has a lot to offer, he is asked to only flaunt his extra-wide smiles and assert to everything. Kriti Sanon charms with her unique aura in every scene. Her smart and mature looks enhance her character. However, the immense potential of this duo is not quite utilised.

Positives

Although ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’ doesn’t do much with the great combination of actors it has, it does manage to engage in the second half. It finds its place in the list of feel-good family dramas.

The actors leave no stone unturned and manage to boost the film with unparalleled charm by their individual performances.

Negatives

The screenplay starts without spiking any interest from its inception. The modern-day romance portrayal is a hasty process and quickly traverses to the main plot, taking away the opportunity from Rao and Sanon to develop their on-screen chemistry.

There are unnecessary scenes and not those that could create a connection.

The film doesn’t have much to offer with the already obvious plot and hence it needed working on the storyline and screenplay. The dialogues at many parts are really boring and repetitive.

Humour at certain points is exaggerated with forceful hilarity of the characters making it worse. A more detailed description of the characters, excellent humour at a good frequency and a few plot twists would not have led those amazing performances to go to waste.

Worth it?

The incredible cast raises a lot of expectations only to be greatly disappointed. Hum Do Humare Do is a one time watch to feel light and for the good performances from our absolute favourites.


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