Hum Do Humare Do
Director: Abhishek Jaina
Authors: Abhishek Jain, Prashant Jha
Throw: Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah
Stream on: Disney + hot star
Dhruv (Rajkummar Rao) from dishwasher to millionaire hires an old man and an old woman as his parents so that he can marry his lover Anya (Kriti Sanon). The premise is interesting enough for Dinesh Vijan’s Maddock Films to bring its power behind director Abhishek Jain’s film. The production house has put a variety of quirky films on big screens that have caused quite a stir, and most of them have been thoroughly entertaining. But that is not the case with the well-intentioned but poorly executed Hum Do Humare Do.
It’s all broad and Bollywoodizing the social message that the film seeks to get across – it’s all about the family. Desperate writing tries to serve this central theme of the film. Everything has to lead to the “family” who, in their desperation, lacks warmth and emotion. There is no attempt to find nuances or details in characters or situations. The final draft of the script appears like the first draft in which the writer tries to figure out what the story is about.
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The boy meets a girl who lacks charm. The girl wants to marry a man who has a nice family and a dog. She lost her parents in a cinema fire. He doesn’t even know who his parents are. The guy could just say he doesn’t have a family. The girl can understand if she loves him. Getting a dog isn’t a big deal. In fact, pets have become the new babies. The reason I had a problem believing in it was because the guy is an entrepreneur developing a virtual reality app. The girl is a popular blogger. Can’t they be sensible enough when it comes to things like family and a stupid dog?
Dhruv lies and tries to find a father and mother for himself. Travels into the past lead him to Purushottam (Paresh Rawal), who ran a dhaba years ago and the boy worked there. Purushottam tells the story of an unrequited love for Dipti (Ratna Pathak Shah), who after Dhruv’s insistence agrees to become his false mother. The two oldies reconciling their relationship and viewing Dhruv as their own child is a moving feeling, but the lackluster script makes it difficult to stay invested in the characters or the story. Because of this fundamental flaw, nothing else really matters, performance, music, production design, or editing. This could well have been another small town film starring Ayushmann Khurrana. His brother Aparshakti plays the hero’s best friend in this film.
The film takes a lot of time to build up the conflict between the characters, which is necessary for the conflict of the story that the main conflict unravels in the final minutes of the film. I kept asking myself whether people still want to have a family in this day and age, when people are drifting away from each other so quickly and for silly reasons; whether the warm blanket of the family still holds the ice-cold people together.