By Arun Sajnani
HASEEN DILRUBA – Yes indeed, I have a crush on Taapsee Pannu. She is just so good in every film she does. Now streaming on Netflix, is the new film Produced by Anand L. Rai, and Directed by Vinil Mathew, called – “HASEEN DILRUBA”. After seeing Taapsee in “Thappad”, she does a 180, with this new film. Set in Jwalapur, India, an explosion takes place in her house, while returning from the butcher’s market. To her shock she finds out that her husband Rishi, played by Vikrant Massey is dead.
Rani, played by Taapsee Pannu is now being questioned by the local police authority on if she killed her husband or not. The police question her on if she had a lover? The film is edgy, and it has an unusual climax that may be hard to digest for some, but it is indeed a performance driven film with funny moments and intense scenes. you can identify to this story, if you come from a typical Indian middle-class joint family.
The film also shows that when one marries into an arranged marriage, one does not get to know everything about their spouse right away. From a Man’s perspective, if he feels that he is in a situation, where his wife is sexy and is above his level, then he feels low self-esteem. This is portrayed quite well by Vikrant Massey.
Then you have Harshvardhan Rane in the third angle, as Neil, the dashing boat rafting teacher that pays a visit to this young couples home for a while. He is a cousin to to the husband, but creates a wedge between them, by sparking an affair. Now all characters have gray shades, but who seeks for real love, forgiveness and redemption is the crux of the story. Writer Kanika Dhillon has also done a good job with the script, but I wish it was not that intense towards the end, but is worth a watch.