Dil Dhadakne do – Priyanka/Farhaan – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy | Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)


Movie: This song appeared in 2015 Junglee Pictures and Excel Entertainment’s comic caper Dil Dhadakne Do (Let the Heart Beat) directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The movie starred Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shetty, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, etc. Aamir Khan performed the voice over for the dog, which is the narrator of the movie.
Kamal Mehra (Anil Kapoor), a businessman owns a failing company Ayka. His relationship with his wife Neelam (Shefali Shetty) is troubled. He has 2 children – Ayesha (Priyanka Chopra) and Kabir (Ranveer Singh). Pluto is their family dog, which functions as the narrator.
Ayesha is a successful businesswoman in her own right, running a travel portal rated number 2 in the market. She has an unhappy marriage with a control freak and narcissistic Manav Sangha (Rahul Bose). He and his mother Smita (Zarina Wahab) hate Ayesha’s family. Kabir is an unwilling participant in the family business, though he prefers to be a pilot.
Kamal and Neelam’s 30th wedding anniversary is decided to be celebrated in a cruise ship during a 10-day cruise across the Mediterranean. The entire arrangements are made by Ayesha. But, her name is dropped from the invite because she is the married daughter. Kamal and Neelam preferred that she had children and sit at home rather than run a business.
The invitees for the cruise include several business families particularly the Soods – Lalit Sood (Parmeet Sethi), his wife Naina (Dolly Mattoo) and their daughter Noori (Riddhima Sud). Kabir’s parents have planned the alliance of their son with Noori so that Lalit could support the drowning ship called Ayka.
But, fate has something else in store for them. On the cruise, Kabir meets Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma) the lead dancer of the troupe hired for the cruise. Kabir and Farah begin to date each other. Noori falls in love with her father’s arch business rival Vinod Khanna (Manoj Pahwa) and Vandana’s (Preeti Mamgain) son Rana Khanna (Vikrant Massey). But, when she is caught at a night out by her mother, she lies that she was with Kabir.
Soon, the Soods and the Mehras start serious discussions about their children’s marriage. Noori and Rana confront Kabir about this. When Kabir is convinced that the other 2 are really in love, he suggests a plan to avoid the marriage between the wrong couple. In the meantime, Ayesha is completely frustrated with her marriage and is thinking of divorce. Enter her erstwhile boyfriend, journalist Sunny Gill (Farhan Akhtar). Sunny is Kamal Mehra’s manager Amrish’s (Ikhlaque Khan) son, who was exiled to America by Kamal Mehra because he and Ayesha were getting too close.
Kamal sees Noori making out with Rana and has a heart attack. When the entire family assembles in the sick bay, the heart attack turns out to be a rare case of flatulence. Kabir opens up with his parents and tells them to make Ayesha the CEO of their company because she had the business acumen. When the divorce issue is taken up with the Sanghas, their domineering attitude comes out and Kamal realizes that his daughter is a victim of domestic violence as well. He requests the Sanghas to leave the ship with curt politeness.
When Kabir’s gossiping aunty spreads the news of his getting married to Noori, Farah gets upset. He tries to reconcile with her, but, she refuses to be reconciled. She is also fired from the job for getting personally involved with a passenger. She leaves the ship. When Kabir gets to know about this, he announces to everybody that he loved someone else. As pre-planned, Noori swoons and Vinod supports her. This sets off a roller coaster ride rapidly, at the end of which Kabir jumps into the sea. The Mehra family including Ayesha follow him on a lifeboat after battling the security. In this battle, all the others support them, though is little comically.
The Mehras resolve all their differences and rescue Kabir. They allow Ayesha to divorce Manav. The security chases them for an arrest. Kamal decides that they would arrest the Mehras only after they leave Kabir at the shore to find Farah. The movie ends there. During the final credits, this title song appears informing us that everything has become hunky-dory.
Song: The lyrics were penned by Javed Akhtar and the music was scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
The gist of the song is, “Every heart has its own beat. It has its own tune. It has its own fire. Emotions have molten. Then, why not? Thinking is intoxicated. Then, why not? Let every heart beat. Don’t bother about what people say and don’t give such excuses.”
Video: Cinematography is by Carlos Catalan. Dance choreography is by Bosco Martis-Caesar Gonsalves.
The video opens with a studio set of the inside of a ship. Ranveer wakes up from bed. In the next room, Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shetty are together. Elsewhere Riddhima Sud and Vikrant Massey are making out. They realize that the door is open and Riddhima Sud closes the door. In the games room, Parmeet Sethi, Manoj Pahwa and others are playing cards.
On the deck, Priyanka Chopra begins the song and performs a few dance steps with some girls and men. Farhaan Akhtar is also dancing and singing in a food court. Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh dance in the cafe. Farhaan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra, on the one hand, and Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh dance on the deck.
Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shetty join them. Even Riddhima Sud and Vikrant Massey are also dancing on an upper deck. Soon, the song peters out and the video ends there.
Artists: The playback singer is Farhan Akhtar and Priyanka Chopra and the onscreen performances are by Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shetty, Riddhima Sud, Vikrant Massey, Parmeet Sethi, Manoj Pahwa, Anushka Sharma and others.
Cultural Influence: This typically Bollywood filmi song is a simple one, telling people to listen to their hearts and not bother about what people would say. The song and the artists are good. The video is also watchable for the same.


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