Twenty years after making Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge, Karan Johar pays a tribute to himself by producing Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. To his credit, this is kinda based on the Shahrukh-Kajol starrer but Humpty (Varun Dhawan) and Kavya (Alia Bhat) are not Raj (Shahrukh) and Simran (Kajol). For starters, Kavya has a mind of her own (in Dilwale… the father is so repressive that when the daughter, Simran wants to go on a holiday with her friends, she asks him for one month out of her own life -- it is actually a dialogue in the movie).

Kavya is on the verge of getting married and is chasing a designer lehenga that has to be twice the price of her friend’s designer wedding lehenga. Humpty (aka Rakesh) is literally appearing for his final graduation exams – there is at least one paper that he turns in totally blank, so appearance in the examination hall is all that he is doing.

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He is a Delhi boy and she is an Ambala girl in Delhi on her lehenga hunt. The twain meet. He woos her by sorting out her problems and her friend’s problems. She falls for him. They spend a night together (this is a fairly recent trend in Bollywood – pre-marital sex without guilt) and then she goes back. He follows her, declaims his love for her to her family, gets beaten up, returns and gets a chance to show he is more eligible than the guy her father has “arranged” her match with.

One of the nicest things in the movies is that Humpty can find no fault with Kavya’s betrothed – in fact he admits that the guy is better than him (Humpty) in all ways. Dealing with his attack of insecurity Kavya assures him that she loves him. Humpty is not so easily consoled and rattles a list of things that the other guy can do but he (Humpty) can’t.

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Kavya offers no explanations or reason for an emotion that cannot be rationalised or logicalised – she simply reiterates that she loves him (Humpty).

There is absolutely nothing unpredictable about the movie but the lead pair is just so winsome. It is a movie that demands nothing from the viewer (not even suspension of disbelief). The love story doesn’t draw you in like Dilwale...but it is a watchable #Film that lies somewhere between waste-of-time and ho-hum-okay.