Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat’ is a love story that turns the conventional love story on its head

Posted on February 5, 2023


Spoilers ahead…

The film does not connect the dots for us. It just gives us a ton of loosely floating dots, and asks us to make patterns from them. 

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Almost Pyaar with DJ Mohabbat feels like a heart-on-sleeve Imtiaz Ali film seen through Anurag Kashyap’s cynical eyes. Alaya F and Karan Mehta play two characters each. In a story set in Dalhousie, they are named Amrita and Yakub. In the story set in London, they are Ayesha and Harmeet. Both narratives, thus, are connected by the fact that one of them is a Muslim, and also by a podcaster/sutradhar who calls himself DJ Mohabbat (Vicky Kaushal): he lives and records his show in London, and that show is so popular that it is heard even in ramshackle gyms in Dalhousie. DJ Mohabbat’s philosophies sound like a motivational-poster version of the introduction Gulzar used to deliver before his songs began to play in his greatest-hits collection. For instance, he says that society does not teach us to be vulnerable, but vulnerability is like sunlight on  a cold day: you have to feel it to know how comforting it can be. He then quotes a Gulzar song from Khamoshi: Humne dekhi hai. Gulzar writes that love has to be felt from the soul, like the vulnerability DJ Mohabbat talks about.

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