A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): D is for Dum Laga Ke Haisha

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Once again doing movie reviews this year and TL;DR but I’m going to break down the plot using Mary Carroll Moore’s W-story structuring method. Don’t know what the W stands for? Check out Ms. Moore’s video explanation here.

Disclaimer: This is MY version of a plot break down. You might decide I’m entirely wrong and spewing nonsense, and that’s cool. It’s all relative.



Already on D… On a roll here! Let’s keep it up, and break down Dum Laga Ke Haisha (I think that means “My Big Fat Bride”, not sure.)

anime food cooking cutting hamtaro

Triggering event: Sandhya and Prem are married through an arrangement

Setting up the problem: he’s ignoring her and is adamant to ‘rebel’ in the bedroom and not sleep with Sandhya, and Prem’s family (especially one of his sisters) claims Sandhya is “too educated” and therefore snooty for them; he’s also hiding her from his acquaintances and friends

Turning point #1: they have sex, consummating their marriage finally

Recovering from the problem: even though he resists at first because he isn’t attracted to her, and Sandhya returns home temporarily for work — expecting Prem to call her as they promised; he eventually goes to fetch her and bring her back home and they enjoy a night ride that starts to stir some attachment in Prem to Sandhya

Mid-point: Sandhya can’t get along with Prem’s older sister; she seems to disappoint all the time; Prem embarrasses Sandhya in front of the neighborhood by airing out his physical disinterest in her

Deepening of the problem: Sandhya wants a divorce and files for it, bringing both her family and Prem’s in front of a judge — but they have to stay married for 6 months before successfully filing for divorce and being permitted to divorce; Prem takes the high school English exam he keeps failing for a third time, failing again — he also tries to commit suicide because he doesn’t want to be an embarrassment to his family

Turning point #2: Instead of kicking him to the curb, or ridiculing him, Sandhya comforts him and he has a moment where he promises her that she’s worth a great man…but that man isn’t him because he sucks

Resolving the problem: Prem and Sandhya when they fall during the race, laugh at each other instead of freaking out about winning the contest — they have a bonding moment for the first time

Climax: winning the wife-carrying race plus the moment where Sandhya asks Prem not to let her go and he agrees

Resolution: Prem and Sandhya kiss and renew their marital vows in a way (cue Bollywood closing dance…no really, there’s a cool Bollywood closing dance with the credits)

4 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge (2016 edition): D is for Dum Laga Ke Haisha

    1. I can’t either!
      It wouldn’t be ideal, but it worked out for these two thankfully. Have you seen TLC’s ‘Arranged’?
      I have yet to watch it (one because I think it’s kooky nonsense) but it covers this topic. It’s kind of like that show ‘Married at First Sight’. It’s sometimes cringe-worthy to watch these strangers trying to communicate…egads! Talk about A-W-K-W-A-R-D.


    1. I know! Also the first movie without dancing and singing (except at the end when there’s this awesome number playing during the credits).
      Thanks for stopping by, Robyn!


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