‘Haseen Dillruba’ Summary & Review – Does it set a Bad Precedent?


Haseen Dillruba, the 2021 Hindi thriller, is a mixed bag consisting of many things. In this article, all I will try to do is list down the good and not-so-good facets of the film. Haseen Dillruba has been directed by Vinil Mathew and written by Kanika Dhillon.

‘Haseen Dillruba’ Plot Summary (without spoilers)

Rani marries Rishu, but it does seem like a very unlikely pair. These are two very different personalities. On one side, Rishu has always walked on a linear path. He is subdued, innocent, and shy. Without asking for much from life, he goes to work and is a fantastic son to have. Rani, on the other hand, is vivacious. She is vibrant and craves a kind of thrill from life every moment.

The starting few days of the marriage do not go very smoothly. Rani is a rebel and stubborn about her choices. Rishu’s family, especially his mother, has a lot of complaints from her daughter-in-law. Rishu, on the other hand, is just head over heels on her. But his dissent meets the expectations that Rani had. This concoction becomes even more complicated when Rishu’s cousin, Neel, comes into the picture. Rani is fascinated by him, and that leads her to take some wrong steps.

What started as a naive pursuit to fulfill the desires resulted in something much more dark and fateful. There was a conspiracy, bloodshed, and hot-blooded emotions that changed people involved in it forever.

Does it set a Bad Precedent?

Let’s address the elephant in the room. Is it important for films to be morally correct and not set a bad precedent all the time? Haseen Dilruba was seen at times, justifying that craziness and violence are integral parts of any love affair. As much as I disagree with it, I also understand that a writer should have the freedom to go ahead with her opinions. Even if the film is not in line with the writer’s ideologies and chooses to write something just for commercial purposes, I believe that they have every right to do so. We can choose not to want it or have an opinion about it, but surely we can’t tell them not to write in a particular manner.

The Patchy First Half

There is no doubt that it is an interesting premise, but the first half is cringy, and the writing is a bit patchy. A scene where Rani tries to describe to her family how Rishu is not good in bed does not work. The writers try to earn a laugh or two from the scene, but in the end, it just makes you cringe as a reflex to the embarrassing dialogs. You do not understand the characters fully. The screenplay tries hard to coerce all the entertainment and emotion it can, but you don’t seem to grasp the characters’ dynamics.

Events leading to the Climax

The build-up is not as effective as it should have been. It doesn’t do any justice to the fabulous last 30 minutes of the film. When you realize what is unfolding, the magnanimity of it, you feel bad for the latter half of the film and the spectacular performances too. The climax is riveting, but the build-up to it lowers the effect that it should have had. Everything feels too stretched and erratic at times, just because the writing could not clearly define the facets.

The Performances

It has to be said that Vikrant Massey is an exceptional talent. He is believable and extremely watchable. He takes us on a journey with his character graph that goes shoots up and down as cryptocurrency did after Mr. Musk’s tweet.

Taapsee Pannu has a charming presence and puts up a great show. Of Late, she has emerged as somebody who has the potential to dive into a character with a great amount of ease.

The performances play a major role in making you feel any emotions throughout the film.

Watch it for yourself and decide if it works for you. I believe Haseen Dillruba is an entertaining film that could have been made in a much better way. But then again, it is just my opinion.

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Sushrut Gopesh
Sushrut Gopesh
I came to Mumbai to bring characters to life. I like to dwell in the cinematic world and ponder over philosophical thoughts. I believe in the kind of cinema that not necessarily makes you laugh or cry but moves something inside you.

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