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Hum Do Hamare Do review: Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao’s family drama is banal and fails to entertain

Hum Do Hamare Do review: Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao's family drama is banal and fails to entertain

Somewhere deep inside this abysmal misfire of a film, there’s probably a nice premise with a throbbing heart, even though that too has been done to death in Hindi films. What exactly makes a family? Are you born to one or can you create one, the idea of blood ties and familyhood, the fragility of relationships, man’s innermost longing to belong. But the artifice that coats the narrative, the sheer banality of the writing, belies any hope the viewer might harbour about the filmmakers digging that deep. They don’t seem to have a clue or, even worse, are smug in the belief that with names like Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal and Ratna Pathak Shah, they can regurgitate hoary Hindi film cliches to an audience that has always been a sucker for family drama (a character even says, ‘What’s a family that hasn’t seen Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…! together’ — well, my family hasn’t, so there!)

Dhruv Shikhar (Rajkummar Rao) starts off in life as Baal Premi, an…

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