Dono Review: A Thinly-Veiled Update of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!

Rahul Desai

The Plot

A failed start-up bro reaches the destination wedding of the woman who cheated on him years ago. It’s in Thailand; he becomes a rampant sex tourist. When he’s not wasted, he hooks up with the groom’s best friend’s ex.

Their Story Is Called Dono

A guest dies, a hotel is burnt, a sex tape goes viral, but the two become sordid soulmates. She convinces him to join her rehabilitation center, and they live crappily ever after. 

Just kidding. Dono is Not That Film

But it is – at least spiritually – a Rajshri Productions version of that film. The directorial debut of Avnish S. Barjatya (son of Sooraj Barjatya) is as ‘modern’ as a Barjatya title can be.

When Intent Splits From Content

It uses the old-school Barjatya setup – a big fat (arranged) wedding, traditional families, respectful kids, songs and songs, silly cricket matches, endless ceremonies and lehengas – to deliver new-gen statements.

Old Ideas, New Packaging

Even with context, however, Dono lacks the narrative maturity to be an adult. Heritage intact, the movie believes it’s progressive and grown-up. But its conflicts are derived from stories, not life.