Netflix’s Haseen Dillruba Review: Toxic Tale of Blah Love Story

Haseen Dillruba starring Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava, and Yamini Das, is out on Netflix. Written by Kanika Dhillon, Vinil Mathew has directed the mystery thriller film. The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi.

Netflix describes Haseen Dillruba plot as: “Under investigation as a suspect in her husband’s murder, a wife reveals details of their thorny marriage that seem only further to blur the truth.” The teaser and trailers have given away that Taapsee Pannu’s Rani and Rishi, played by Vikrant Massey, are in an unhappy marriage. She meets Neel (Harshvardhan Rane), and their lust story creates trouble in her married life. However, when Rishi dies in a blast, the triangle love story turns into a twisted tale of murder.

Haseen Dillruba Review: In depth anaylsis

The opening scene of Haseen Dillruba shows Rani feeding food to the stray dogs outside her house. Suddenly, there’s an explosion in the house, and Rishi dies. The cops only find his hand that has Rani’s name inked. It takes just a few minutes for the cops to blame Rani for conspiring her husband’s death as everyone in Jwalapur knew about her affair with Neel. What follows is her investigation and truth about Rani-Rishi’s married life.

Kanika Dhillon is known for writing stories that feature headstrong and lively female characters. She has tried to do the same in Netflix’s Haseen Dillruba. But the entire world of Rani-Rishi-Neel appears made-up. In the film, Rani is a massive fan of crime novel writer Dinesh Pandit. At one point, I thought it’s a teenagers dream about Pandit’s novel. Hence, the approach is silly and shallow.

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Haseen Dillruba film has a dialogue that goes ‘Pagalpan ki hadd se na guzre toh wo pyaar kaisa’. It means that, if love doesn’t push you to the brink of insanity, it’s not true love. Kanika Dhillon has taken this line too seriously and presented us not a twisted, but a toxic tale of a love story. There’s no doubt that infidelity can shatter a person. But romanticising the idea of punishing the other person and accepting the torture because that’s what ‘madness in love’ means is utter crap!

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Amid all the not-so-twisted, loving and thrilling saga, what made me happy is Amit Trivedi’s music. The songs have the right amount of romance and passion, which the film’s love stories miss out on. Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey give a solid performance together. Harshvardhan Rane, Aditya Srivastava, and Yamini Das do a good job too. But the caricaturish approach doesn’t give them enough room to showcase their potential entirely.

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Haseen Dillruba Review: Is it worth watching?

Overall, the Netflix mystery thriller doesn’t even pack cheap thrills. You wish to be surprised by the climax twist. But amid all the toxic drama and overdone formula of love-lust-revenge, you figure out how it’s going to end. Watch Gone Girl instead.

Haseen Dillruba is currently streaming on Netflix.

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Netflix mystery thriller Haseen Dillruba doesn't pack cheap thrills. Amid all the toxic drama and overdone formula of love-lust-revenge, it's the same-old repackaged movie.

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