Man and woman are two wheels in the system of marriage vehicle which moves forward when both the wheels work in tandem. Even if one wheel slows down, gets stuck, or develops any problem, the momentum of the whole vehicle gets affected. This fact was highlighted in many films elucidating the equal importance of husband and wife in a relationship. Haseen Dillruba, streaming on Netflix further provides insight into the institution of marriage with a pointer that any small mistake by either of them throws the whole marriage into utter chaos.
A beautiful well educated Post Graduate girl who is also a beautician Rani Kashyap (Tapsee Pannu) from the urban milieu marries an Electrical Engineer Rishabh Saxena (Vikrant Massey) residing in a small town Jwalapur.
Rishabh who gets bowled out by the charm of Rani gives the green signal at the first sight itself and Rani too though never expresses her willingness enters into wedlock rather unconvincingly.
Rani had a lot of expectations on marriage life but nothing seems to be working out for her from the day she landed up in the town of Jwalapur. Her tantrums on the very first day with her mother-in-law and later the impotence issue of Rishabh makes her frustrated to the core.
Neel (Harshvardhan Rane) enters the scene and sparks started flying between Rani and Neel. The emptiness and frustration of Rani made her get intimate with Neel. How the intimacy between them has severed the relationship between Rishu and Rani and why Rani was framed for the killing of her husband Rishabh is the remaining part of Haseen Dillruba.
Every frame belongs to Tapsee and Vikrant and they are the pillars of this film. Their performances have given a much-needed facelift to the otherwise not-so-engaging narrative of Haseen Dillruba. Tapsee who showed her stupendous acting talent in Thappad once again bagged a role that has showcased her multitude of acting skills.
Vikrant on the other hand too as a suave and mild-mannered man to a loving husband who went to the extremity of self-sacrifice has done a fabulous job.
Harshavardhan Rane does well in an okay role but fizzles out due to poor characterization and he was wasted in an unimportant character.
Behind the scenes
The story and screenplay of Kanika Dhillon and the direction of Vinil Mathew though had the dark spots scattered all over has managed to pull it off on a positive note but leaves a bitter taste in the end.
The compatibility issues between an urban girl and a man from a small- town including the differences in the mindsets of both families were well presented by the writer and director.
The initial adjustments and compromises a girl has to make on entering a new family or home and live with someone who was a stranger till then make a very strong impact on the mental condition of any girl in arranged marriages. The character of Rani was a perfect example of this confusion that prevails in every girl’s mind which was well presented in Haseen Dillruba.
Instead of giving more weightage to the emotional turbulence in the relationship of Rishabh and Rani, the crime and investigation angle along with the thriller tinge has robbed the film of its emotional depth. The result was apparent that the audience left disconnected from the characters as there was no intensity in the writing or in the presentation.
The songs two of them composed by Amit Trivedi are awesome particularly the song ‘Phisal Ja Tu’ sung soulfully by Abhijeet Srivastava stands on top. The background score by Amar Mangrulkar was alright in patches. The cinematography by Jayakrishna Gummadi was perfect with some breathtaking visuals which added the required grandeur to the film.
More homework on story and screenplay without clinging to the old formulaic structure could have made Haseen Dillruba more delectable. The thriller tone was the main culprit in an otherwise promising storyline because of which the film drifted pointlessly and got stuck between a thriller and emotional drama thus ending without doing proper justice to either of them.