Ayushmann & Bhumi's Dum Laga Ke Haisha turns 6: Director Sharat Katariya & Producer Maneesh open up on its USP

Producer Maneesh Sharma and Director Sharat Katariya bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film for their 2016 hit, Dum Laga Ke Haisha. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar in the lead and clocks 6 years today.
Dul Laga Ke Haisha 6 years ayushmann bhumi Ayushmann & Bhumi's Dum Laga Ke Haisha turns 6: Director Sharat Katariya & Producer Maneesh open up on its USP
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A romantic-comedy, Dum Laga Ke Haisha, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar released 6 years ago on the same day today and as it marks another milestone, fans have become nostalgic. Not just the fans of Ayushmann and Bhumi, even Producer Maneesh Sharma and Director Sharat Katariya too remembered how the film managed to make an impact and even revealed their reactions when it bagged the prestigious National Award for Best Feature Film back in the day. 

While talking about the USP of Ayushmann and Bhumi starrer, director Sharat shared that he still isn't clear as to what clicked with the audiences about the film. He shared, "I still don't know what worked with the audience, but I'm assuming that It still is a hypothetical answer from my end, maybe the comedy, the characters, or I don't know what really worked, or what was new in it, because when I hear the word 'fresh', I don't know what was fresh in it?, I really have no idea, I can't break it down for myself. If I could, I would do that again." The film managed to leave an impact on audiences as it was a story connected to the roots where an ordinary man gets married to an overweight girl and how life changes for them. 

When Maneesh was asked if he thought that the film would reach where it did, he said he and Sharat only hoped that it would connect with the audiences. He said, "The love and warmth the film has received over time, does validate our conviction. Each film has its measure of ambition. This one did tick many of the boxes." Talking about Bhumi and Ayushmann and their strengths, Sharat highlighted that the two actors were able to connect with the audiences due to their talent. He said, "It's their talent of getting into the skin of the character and becoming the characters they've asked for, for any film that they do. And I'm sure that is why their films work and their performances work and so ya, it is purely their own talent." 

Having bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Dum Laga Ka Haisha managed to establish a cult of its own. Talking about the reaction on hearing about winning the National Award, Sharat shared that he had got to know about it from a friend's tweet. He shared, "One thing was that I got to know of it from a friend's tweet. I didn't know about it when it was being announced, so one of my friends tweeted it and I got to know and I was like 'really?' I was not expecting it and I was not even aware that awards were announced or (the film was) submitted for the awards." 

He even went on to share how he called up the Maneesh and informed that the film bagged a National Award, not just for Best Film but also for the Best Singer and the Best Lyrics as well. He said, "He was also equally surprised and said, what are you saying! And then phone calls started coming and the phone was ringing non-stop. This has never happened to me, in my life, there were so many phone calls, it was really overwhelming, a very overwhelming experience." 

Today, Dum Laga Ke Haisha remains special for various reasons. Ayushmann and Bhumi’s performances in the same were loved by audiences and the music of the film is among the USPs of the romantic-comedy.

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