Haseen Dillruba Movie Review: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane's film is illogical & boring

Updated on Jul 03, 2021 10:42 AM IST  |  283.6K
Haseen Dillruba Movie Review: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane's film is illogical & boring

Director: Vinil Mathew

Star Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane

Platform: Netflix

Rating: 2/5

Haseen Dillruba is a twisted love story of internally flawed characters portrayed by Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey and Harshvardhan Rane. Set in the small town of India, an element of thrill is weaved into the plot as the female protagonist is entangled in murder situation. The entire conflict of murder in Haseen Dillruba is silly from the word go and would certainly not exist in the first place if the lead used the weapon of “self-defence” to get out of the alleged scenario.

Director, Vinil Mathew, sets up the plot well in the first 45 minutes, wherein he establishes the tender relationship of Rani (Taapsee) and Rishabh (Vikrant), however, it all goes for a toss when Neel (Harshvardhan) comes into the picture. The sweet moments with undertones of humour are taken over by unwarranted dark scenarios, conflicts, and complexities. The characters of Kanika Dhillon are flawed, but, surprisingly, it’s the female protagonist, established as a free-spirited woman, that eventually comes across as helpless and regressive. There’s actually a disturbing sub-plot when Rishabh goes violent and abusive towards Rani, with the latter bearing it all by herself in the name of love.

While the first half is breezy, things start to get bizarre with every passing scene in the second half, with the worst being reserved for the climax. Till 2018, Aanand L Rai was the pioneer of small-town cinema in Bollywood, and one looked up to him to come up with some heart warming stories from the heartland of India. But the producer has suddenly shifted tides towards the dark world, losing his innocence to back characters that were in search of goodness. The producer belongs to the positive world of Tanu Weds Manu franchise, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Happy Bhaag Jayegi and Nil Battey Sannata, and it’s time to get back to the roots. 

It’s the niceness in the first 45 minutes of the film that scores and not the dark, grey, edgy elements that unfold eventually in the journey. The positives for Haseen Dillruba include the cinematography, as the location brings in the inherent grandeur to the spectacle. The background score has the pulp fiction vibe, whereas the songs too blend well into the narrative by taking the story forward. The dialogues are fine, with some brilliant one-liners for Inspector Kishore Rawat (Aditya Srivastava). However, all the technical soundness is let down by poor screenplay and confused direction.    

Talking of performances, Taapsee Pannu is fine as she gets to explore various facets of human emotions through Rani, however, there’s nothing that we have not seen her do before. Vikrant Massey is actually the show stealer here, as he switches from being the boy next door to a violent self-centred human to finally a possessive lover - all with utmost conviction. Harshvardhan Rane has a rather small role, acting as the catalyst of the story. He is sincere, however, is let down by the poorly sketched character. Aditya Srivastava is fantastic as a cop, and one expected a lot more from this character in a film that’s positioned as a murder mystery. The rest of the ensemble is cast well for the respective roles.

All said and done, Haseen Dillruba is disappointing, primarily let down by the illogical turn of events in the second half. There’s no real conflict in the narrative, due to which the film ends up being a drag. The cast puts up a sincere attempt, but the film is plain bad. 

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Anonymous : I agree with the author. We literally forwarded the movie. Let's not compare with other worse movie. It is a plain illogical script. Actors did their job well though.
REPLY 0 2 months ago
Anonymous : You are confused . It's a fantastic movie. More good story than other dikhawa celebrities like Salman ,Shahrukh, Aamir or Akshay and all the Nepo kids. What a performance by the hero and Tapsee . 101% percent better than bakwas movies like Raadhe.If you don't understand don't give the review.
REPLY 2 2 months ago
Anonymous : Movie is good! If anything is confused it is the person who wrote this really confused review!lol.
REPLY 3 2 months ago
Anonymous : Its good movie
REPLY 3 2 months ago