Rom-com “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” makes no bones about its parallels with all time classic “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”. Like “Dilwale..”, “Humpty Sharma..” boasts of an attractive young cast, the girl is engaged to marry a man who she has never met, she is immediately struck by a charmer she encounters, the two part but decide to convince a dictatorial patriarch of the depth of their feelings for each other. Of course all's well that ends well.
But where “Dilwale” scored with its the power to get viewers all emotional, “Humpty Sharma” doesn't exactly set the screen on fire; firstly, Varun Dhawan as Rakesh “Humpty” Sharma and Alia Bhatt as the spunky Kavya Pratap Singh share a lukewarm chemistry.
“Humpty Sharma” begins on a promising enough note as the weepy city boy Humpty watches yet another rerun of “Dilwale…” on TV. Apart from being sentimental, he's also hot as the opening sequence shows a girl leaving the bathroom where he is closeted. When he meets small town girl Kavya, the sparks fly. She is from Ambala and has come to Delhi to buy a designer lehenga for her arranged wedding to an NRI doctor. Humpty decides he's going to help her get her heart's desire. He resorts to every stratagem to get her that lehenga.
Along the way, the two fall in love and horror of horrors (by Hindi movie standards), end up in bed. But Kavya has to go home and is soon reluctantly caught up in the family's preparation for her wedding. Humpty arrives on the scene
and the two manage to share some moments together.
Of course love conquers all and the best man wins. Kavya tells her father that she will settle for a local rather than designer lehenga-- a metaphor for the home-grown Punjabi who she has fallen for, rather than Mr. Perfect who is revealed to have feet of clay.
“Humpty” is disappointing fare and the audience can be forgiven for going home wondering what the ado was all about.