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    So here’s the setup: an unhappily married Simi (Deepshikha) with two kids has a possessive, perpetually drunken husband from whom she finally gets divorced. She turns career woman and is hugely successful, occasionally at the cost of ignoring her kids.

    After much pushing from her family, she falls in love with a younger man who woos her passionately, only to turn at the last moment because society “looks down upon such a relationship”. A premise of promise, right? Right? Wrong.

    Yeh Dooriyan could’ve made for a social drama that was high on emotion and apropos to portraying change in 21st century India. Instead you’ve the same hackneyed situations you’ve been seeing for decades presented in a visual style of the worst kind, resembling a television daily soap from the late ’90s.

    A film devoid of a single moment, a single memorable shot; even when situations present themselves. Without the hint of even a minor crisis until the interval point, the movie manages to stretch time, making its length of less than two hours seem at least three times that. A true talent this.

    It’s about time filmmakers realise that making a conventional low-budget film to formula is not going to work. Clearly Deepshikha (whose name appears seven times in the opening credits) feels strongly for the subject. Who knows, it might even be autobiographical; but living a story and telling it by way of mainstream means are two entirely different things.

    Just think about it… how does a person who has survived a rocky marriage, has two kids, and is strongly career-driven end up in Goa every weekend singing and dancing in this retold story? Bollywood rules cannot apply to such subjects. Not anymore.

    The lead actor (Arora) is an awful actor, with a voice like Shrek, who comes on rather forcefully while wooing the girl. Creepy.

    In an attempt to make Yeh Dooriyan “accessible” to the public, director/producer/actor/writer/choreographer/casting director Deepshikha has faulted big time. What should’ve been a sensitive, realistic tale that captured the issue it tries to highlight ends up being an invitation for a long nap.



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