Why the Story of ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ is So Relatable?

Recently, my favorite movie Dil Dhadakne Do completed 5 long years. And you won’t believe, I watched the movie again and that must be for the 20th time. Thanks to Zoya Akhtar, that we got to witness this masterpiece. Nevertheless, the story of Dil Dhadakne Do is very much familiar and it looks like a reflection of our personal lives. Want to know how? Then, you have to continue reading.

Why the story of Dil Dhadakne Do leaves me awestruck?


The same old societal pressure

 “Log kya kehenge (what will people say),” is a patent dialogue of all parents. All parents are worried about society and give in easily to this pressure. In the movie too, when Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra Jonas) declares to get divorced. The ‘Mehra’ parents decide to disown her because – what will society say? Isn’t this familiar with all of us? All our decisions are decided by society and are taken for the society. In the same way, Neelam (Shefali Shah) knows that her husband Kamal (Anil Kapoor) isn’t faithful towards her. But she forgoes for society. They pretend to be a happy couple, but on the inside, their romance has faded!

Marrying your kids off is a priority

When kids are grown up, the first thing that parents do is – get them married. And Zoya Akhtar has classically depicted this situation while directing the story of Dil Dhadakne Do. It doesn’t end here though. Marriage is all about having kids immediately to please society, in-laws, and parents alike. Moreover, parents think that having kids puts an end to the problems of husband and wife’s marital problems. And poor Ayesha has to go through all these situations. Don’t we also get into such trouble?

“Allowing” women to work is equality

Why a woman constantly has to seek permission for everything? It starts with parents and then eventually husband. And you can relate to this situation in one particular scene, where Manav (Rahul Bose), explains how he believes in gender equality. Further, leading to a debate which becomes one of the turning points in the movie. Despite being independent, Ayesha is suppressed by her father and husband. Even now, women have to seek permission to work. And we live in a so-called society of “gender equality.”

My son is one true heir

It doesn’t matter whether the SON is capable or no. But SON is one and only one heir of the family. In the story of Dil Dhadakne Do, Kabir (Ranveer Singh) is incapable of handling the family business. But he is forced to do so because he is the heir of the family. And Ayesha being the capable one, isn’t allowed to, because she is the daughter and married. She is meant to please her in-laws and have kids. She should not work at all; and the family business is out of her reach!

We don’t want to communicate

It doesn’t matter how big or small a problem is. Families choose not to communicate at all. Similarly, in the ‘Mehra’ family, no knows what is going on in the inside. Because they choose to live on with their own lives with grudge and anger. And when Kabir finally decides to turn over a new leaf it leads to a chaotic situation. Acceptance is a curse for many families. No one wants to sit and discuss, thus leading to the communication gap. And the story of Dil Dhadakne Do beautifully showcases the importance of communication.

Love has boundaries

Believe it or not, Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma) is a dancer. And why will the rich and affluent Mehra’s want to accept her as their daughter-in-law? The same goes for Sunny (Farhan Akhtar) as he is sent to the US, not for studies but away from Ayesha. Because he is the son of the manager and what would the society say about a match like this. Love comes with abundant boundaries. And that’s how practically the story of Dil Dhadakne Do depicts. 

It’s all about bribing

When parents want kids to follow their directions. Then they unravel their killer weapon – emotional blackmailing with bribing. Kabir also gets trapped into the same drama while bargaining for one true love – plane. And how confusion ensues leads to a typical family drama. How many times, we also fall prey to such emotional dramas! And we do everything out of helplessness.

Friends in need are friends indeed

Rana (Vikrant Massey) and Noorie (Ridhima Sud) are a couple belonging to the rival families. Eventually, they fall in love and what lies ahead for them is a complete joyride. But Kabir as a true friend becomes their knight in shining armor. To sail his loveship, he selfishly helps Noorie and Rana yet prove to be a loyal friend of the couple. He sticks to his words till the end and this is what friends are for! They don’t backstab but help till the end.

No matter how dysfunctional we are, but we are FAMILY

The Mehra’s are one dysfunctional family. But when it comes to unity, they stay put. And when Manav tries forcing Ayesha to leave for India to sort their problems; the parents (Neelam and Kamal) finally take a stand for their daughter. Believe me, it brought tears in my eyes. No matter how dysfunctional a family might be. But when it comes to fighting the unexpected problems, they all stand united.

Fun is the spice of life

You might be burdened with infinite problems. But when friends hang around, it has to be fun. And the story of Dil Dhadakne Do portrays these light-hearted moments in a beautiful way. It just brings a smile on your face. And you realize life isn’t that bad after all!

On a parting note


So, these are the reasons why I find the story of Dil Dhadakne Do very close to my heart. Most importantly, the entire cast and crew have done a wonderful job. And I am sure you must have also watched this movie. And if you haven’t watched it, then it’s streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. And before I sign out, here’s a special song for you all!

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