Dilwale movie review – shah rukh kajol eternal chemistry entertains but with caveats

Planet movies Rating – 4/5 4stars

Reviewed by Madhukar KR (krmadhukar@nehamediahouse.in)

Dilwale (translation: The Big Hearted) is a 2015 Indian romantic musical action comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by Gauri Khan and Shetty under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment and Rohit Shetty Productions respectively.

The film stars Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, and Kriti Sanon in lead roles.

Dilwale is a signature style Rohit Shetty film where the cars fly all around, the bad goons get beaten black and blue by the hero, the lead couple (2 couples in this case) Shahrukh and Kajol romance to melodious tunes, there are comedians who tickle your funny bones through their witty dialogues, brotherhood, father-son emotions. The story and screenplay of Dilwale has been tailor made to suit the age group of Shahrukh and Kajol, the eternal romantic couple with a chemistry to die for which has been epitomized by their previous on screen outings like DDLJ, K3G, K2H2 and MNIK. 

Dilwale would have never been materialized if not for Shahrukh and Kajol else the film really would have fallen flat on its face. There is the 2nd lead couple Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon who are looking good but there is lot of scope to improve in terms of their comic timing and to not exceed the thin line between over acting and  good performance.

The comic timing of Johnny lever as Mani and Sanjay Mishra as Oscar are top notch and are quite a show stealers in their own right. The kids and those with an appetite for light comedy will enjoy their performance. The music of the film is a plus point especially the Gerua song which tries to come close to the classic romantic number from K3G Sooraj hua maddham.

Lack of originality

The core plot of the film in itself resembles Rajinikanth’s Basha. 15 years flashback where Shahrukh was a gangster and Kajol is the daughter of a rival gangster. The couple break up due to some misunderstandings and this now becomes a hindrance between Varun and Kriti as Kriti happens to be the younger sibling of Kajol. How do both these couples from new and old generations unite forms the rest of the story.

There are several rip offs from Hollywood flicks like the car swirling scene between the lead couple from MI2, the dating scene from How I met your mother and so on. The first half of the film is 1.5 hrs long making us feel that the interval is misplaced and could have been better placed. The 1st and 2nd half are not well divided.

Verdict

The film overall will not disappoint the ardent fans of Shahrukh and Kajol as it was thought out to be when the first trailer was released but the film will not become a cult classic like DDLJ. However others need to go into to the theatres with low expectations and be ready to bear the 2.5 hours of length of the film. The film calls for a crispier and better editing.

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