Haseen Dillruba is a 2021 Hindi romantic mystery thriller film directed by Vinil Mathew and produced by Aanand L. Rai, Himanshu Sharma, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner Color Yellow Productions, T-Series and Eros International. The film stars Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey, and Harshvardhan Rane.
The film premiered on July 2, 2021 on Netflix. The film is also inspired by Roald Dahl’s infamous short story, ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’. Upon its release, Haseen Dilruba received mixed to negative reviews from film critics.
In the opening scene, Rani Kashyap, who is a housewife, is in front of her house feeding lamb to the dogs when, suddenly, the house explodes killing her husband, who comes across a decomposed hand with a tattoo of the name of his wife, but nothing more.
The police suspect Rani and turn the case over to Kishore Rawat. Flashback reveals that Rishabh Saxena, also known as Rishu, resides in Jwalapur along with his mother Lata and his father Brijraj. He is looking for a girl to marry and the search for him leads him to Rani Kashyap in Delhi. Rishu falls in love with Rani instantly. Lata realizes that Rani is not the simple, homey girl she is looking for. However, Rishu is adamant. The marriage takes place.
A nervous Rishu fails to consummate the marriage. Meanwhile, Lata begins to scold Rani for lying that she knows how to cook. One day, Rishu overhears Rani talking to his mother and his aunt that Rishu is not good in bed.
Rishu is wounded and retreats to a shell. Rani feels lonely. One day, Rishu’s cousin, Neel Tripathi, comes to stay with the Saxena.
Neel is handsome and well built, and Rani loves him. Neel realizes that Rani is attracted to him, and the two begin an adventure by sharing a passionate kiss. Rani falls in love with Neel to the point that she begins to learn to cook to feed him her favorite dishes.
One day, Neel expresses a desire to eat lamb. Rani, who is a vegetarian, agrees and goes out to buy meat. On the same day, she tells Neel that she would like to end the marriage and move out. A commitment phobic Neel panics and runs away.
Rani is hurt and tells the truth to Rishu. Rishu wanted to have a fresh start, but this confession hurts him even more. A few months later, an explosion occurs at Saxena’s residence, killing Rishu. Kishore Rawat, the investigating officer, is certain that Rani had killed Rishu because he thought she helped plan the crime when it accidentally leaked that Neel was escaping just before the explosion happened by swimming in a river behind the house.
- Taapsee Pannu as Rani Kashyap 
- Vikrant Massey as Rishabh Saxena “Rishu”
- Harshvardhan Rane as Neel Tripathi 
- Aditya Srivastava as Inspector Kishore Rawat
- Ashish Verma as Afzar
- Yamini Das as Lata
- Daya Shankar Pandey as Brijraj Saxena
- Alka Kaushal as Mrs. Kashyap
- Amit Singh Thakur as Mr. Kashyap
- Puja Sarup as Beena Masi
- Atul Tiwari as Senior Inspector
- Deepesh Jagdish as Navrangi
- Aashiq Hussein as Rastogi
- Alok Chatterjee as Gandhi
- Preeti Singh as Bindiya
- Shyaam Kishore as Misra