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Film review: Hum Do Humare Do

Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah steal the show in Hum Do, Humare Do.

Name: Hum Do Humare Do

Director: Abhishek Jain

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao

Platform: Disney+Hotstar

Rating: 3

Hum Do Humare Do is based on family planning of a different kind. Instead of parents planning their family, the film revolves around Dhruv Mehra (played by Rajkummar Rao), an entrepreneur, who is on a lookout for fake parents to woo his love interest (Anya Mehra played by Kriti Sanon), a blogger.

For his father’s role, Dhruv thinks of finding Purushottam Mishra (played by Paresh Rawal). Purushottam employed Dhruv as a servant on a dhaba as a child. Upon meeting him, Dhruv realises that Purushottam has feelings for his former lover, Dipti Kashyap (played by Ratna Pathak Shah). Dhruv then decides to meet Dipti and convinces her to act as his mother. Dhruv also knew Dipti when he was the servant in the dhaba, as she regularly visited the dhaba and convinced him to rename him from Bal Premi.

It doesn’t take long for the director to establish the film’s plot. While the story may look as old wine served in new bottle, the film deserves an appreciation for Rawal and Shah’s performances. Their comic timing and on-screen chemistry makes it a good watch.

The first half is filled with several comedy scenes. Some of the comedy sequences between Rawal and Manu Rishi Chadha (as Anya’s uncle) are rib-tickling. None of the comedy scenes look forced, which is why viewers get their dose of entertainment. Kriti Sanon as Dhruv’s love interest is looking beautiful as a happy-go-lucky girl and complements with Rajkummar.

The second half of the film has a mix of emotions and drama with only a few comedy sequences. But the treatment towards the end could have been done better. The climax comes suddenly and looks forced.

Some of the scenes between Rao and Shah are exceptional and bring the element of family bonding. For instance, the scene where Shah opens about her relation with her family and Rao’s feelings towards her will make your heart melt. But don’t expect too much rona-dhona as the director has played subtly with viewers.

The film also stars Aparshakti Khurana (as Shanty) and Prachi Shah Pandya (as Anya’s aunt) in the supporting cast. While Pandya does justice to her role as an understanding mother, Khurana hasn’t got enough screen presence.

In terms of technical aspects, the screenplay is fast-moving and the editing is fine. The treatment of climax could have been better – it comes suddenly and the rush does not do justice.

Overall, the film is a dramedy that you can watch with your loved ones in your living room over a tub of popcorn.

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