The film starts with a gas cylinder blast killing Rishu (Vikrant Massey) and making his wife, Rani (Taapsee Pannu) the prime suspect in the case. Jawalapur’s Rishu is a stereotypical electrical engineer, who has not had any relationships or sex in his college life. He is a very simple and innocent guy who cherishes love. On the other hand, Rani had few broken relationships in the past. Then an arranged marriage brings Rani and Rishu into the same room but hardly on the same page. Rishu falls in love with Rani.
Rani is a fan of a fictional murder mystery novel and a firm believer in sexual adventure. She is too bold to handle the innocent Rishu. Their contrasting personalities restrict them to come closer. Then enters Neel (Harshvardhan Rane), who is a cousin of Rishu. Rani gets attracted towards Neel by seeing his charming and macho personality. She started having an affair with Neel and fulfilling her lust fantasies with him. Eventually, Rani falls for Neel. But Rani’s life falls upside down after she confesses her feelings for Neel.
Rani turns out to be a bride from hell. Incompatibility, infidelity and death tear apart the couple, Rani and Rishu, and lands Rani in a police station. There she has to explain the blast in her home that has left only one remnant, Rishu’s hand with Rani’s name tattooed on it. The investigation officer Kishore (Aditya Shrivastava) is not impressed by Rani’s teary eyes and tremulous declarations of her love for Rishu.
Who is the murderer? What transpired before the blast? Will the culprit be found?
Harshvardhan Rane is perfect in his role as a guy who woos Taapsee. But the real star of the film is Vikrant Massey. Being Rishu, he plays the character with a solid performance. The manner in which he showcases lust and helplessness was too good to see. Taapsee Pannu matches Rani’s character. In one moment, she is the standard Taapsee Pannu type and in another moment, she goes stunningly off-brand and literally begs a man to accept her.
The hero, Rishu’s best friend played by Ashish Verma, has been wasted. The mother-in-law played by Yamini Das and father-in-law played by Daya Shankar Pandey is not so funny and don’t have much to do in the film.
Haseen Dillruba is an off-beat love story with a lot of twists and contains amazing performances.
‘Haseen Dillruba’ is streaming on Netflix now.