Under investigation as a suspect in her husband’s murder, a woman reveals details of their thorny marriage that seem to only further blur the truth.
Initial release: 2 July 2021
EditRishabh Saxena (Rishu) is killed in an explosion in his house the cops investigating find that it is indeed a murder and the prime suspect is his wife Rani Kashyap.Rishu was a simple looking guy having a stable job and eager to get married,he is introduced to Rani a high spirited girl who wants to live a rocking life.Rani and Rishu’s relationship is like strangers while she also has a dominating mother in law, her life suddenly changes when Rishu’s cousin
Neil enters their house.Neil is the kind of guy Rani wanted to get married they both start an affair and Rani decides to leave Rishu but before anything could happen Neil ditches her.Rani and Rishu realize their relationship was like strangers and Rani feels that Rishu had to pay for her wrong doings and decides to be with him but his evil side comes up when he finds her and Neil’s relationship
Review: Rani’s (Taapsee Pannu) married life has much less action than the gritty crime novels she is a fan of. While Rani is fiery and seductive with a history of multiple flings, her husband Rishu (Vikrant Massey) is the quintessential good boy nerd, who toes the line. But soon Rani’s seemingly simple life finds a lot more action than she had bargained for, when Rishu’s hunky bad boy cousin Neel (Harshvardhan Rane) comes to stay with them for a few days.
Director Vinil Mathew and writer Kanika Dhillon take us into the starkly different worlds of Rani and Rishu that has the simplicity and relatability of a small town and at the same time, an eerie sense of the looming disaster waiting to happen. This in itself lends the film’s non-linear screenplay an undercurrent of tension and constant suspense. This makes it quite engaging, entertaining and unpredictable for the most part, as we see the lead characters go through their journey of love, lust and desires. There might be a point where you’d have cracked the plot, but that won’t be a big spoiler.
Because at the heart of this twisted love story are strong emotions and flawed characters. Like the strong and stoic Rani, played efficiently by Taapsee Pannu. A lot of the film’s suspense hinges on Taapsee’s pitch-perfect expressions and the way she deals with the uncomfortable graph of her character. It’s hard to read and hence hard to play, but Taapsee makes it look effortless. She makes Rani look seductive and desirable with conviction and not at all distasteful. Vikrant Massey is aptly cast as the mild-mannered yet assertive Rishu, who talks less, but says a lot through his eyes. Kanika gives them nicely etched characters and ample scope to develop through the narrative that builds slowly yet sharply. They also get to mouth colourful dialogues (Ankana Joshi) attributed to the imaginary novelist ‘Panditji.’ Harshvardhan Rane does well within his limited scope for performance.
The first 10 minutes of Haseen Dillruba are so hectic that a part of me almost wanted some sort of an interval. A guy dies, there’s a wedding, Kanika Dhillon gets an unconventionally flattering credit. And it does’t get any better from there. Netflix India acquires bad films on an almost monthly basis, but this — a cartoonish cautionary tale about the perils of arranged marriage — is among the most disappointing. And I’ve seen (scratch that, survived) The Girl on the Train and Sardar Ka Grandson.
Directed by Vinil Mathew, Haseen Dillruba is, it can be argued, a bigger blot on star Taapsee Pannu’s post-Pink career than even Judwaa 2. You knew what you were getting into with that film, but Haseen Dillruba has the nerve to promise something more meaningful — under the pretence of pulp thrills, it has aspirations for prestige.
Haseen Dillruba (Beautiful Lover) begins with a crime and travels back in time through the testimony of the prime suspect – the wife of the alleged victim – who gives an account of her rocky marriage in excruciating detail to the police and further cements suspicion on herself.
Taapsee Pannu stars as that wife, Rani Kashyap. Vikrant Massey plays Rishabh aka Rishu Saxena, the spouse she allegedly murdered. And Aditya Srivastava is Inspector Kishore Rawat, the policeman tasked with cracking the case. The investigating officer learns from Rani about Rishu’s sexy cousin, Neel Tripathi (Harshvardhan Rane).
As Rani narrates the story of her first encounter with Rishu, her early dissatisfaction with her choice of partner in an arranged marriage, his awkward attempts to win her over and the searing tension that later sets in between them, she appears not to mince words about her own role in the decline of their relationship.
What unfolds on screen in the first half is mildly entertaining even if it revisits the notion that lack of social graces, rudeness, and even meanness are a mark of feminine coolth as defined by Bollywood in the past decade. There is no reason to believe that Rani is lying about how she behaved when Rishu and his family visited her house for the first time to vet the potential bride. She does not sit among them wearing a towel as a woman did in the Tanu Weds Manu sagas, but she is certainly annoyingly presumptuous, which is strange since she actually wants Rishu to like her.
Why ‘Haseen Dillruba’ is Wrong in Championing Toxic Love, Violence
(Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers.)
Picture this: Two friends who never seem to be able to decide on what to watch together, are spared their usual troubles, as the mini trailer of Haseen Dillruba that pops up on Netflix promises a rather entertaining watch.
The day was last Saturday, and the people in question were my friend and I – two women who have seen each other battle it out in several toxic relationships over the years, and now in our late 20s are crawling towards saner practices of love. Realising that having ‘a spark’ in the relationship doesn’t necessarily mean constant high-octane fights that lead to passionate make-up