Movie Review: Dilwale
Will the SRK-Kajol magic work this time around? Over to Arnab Mukherjee
DIRECTOR: Rohit Shetty
STARRING: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon
RATING: 3.5 stars
In 2004, Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment produced a tale of two (step)-brothers, Main Hoon Naa. After a decade, it tells another story of two brothers, but with a twist that is likely to leave you startled.
Such a hyped film needs more than best cinematic minds to please the fans, and that is where Dilwale scores. It is a perfect concoction of romance, action and comedy that Hindi film viewers generally look forward to. Even though it does not have the engaging storyline of Om Shanti Om, it is just about as, or even more entertaining, than Happy New Year.
In the past interviews, Rohit and SRK have hinted that they want to remake a musical romantic comedy from the 1950s and a masala drama from the ’90s. Dilwale is a bit of both. The story is straightforward. Varun Dhawan’s Veer meets Ishita (Kriti Sanon), and they fall in love, like all good couples of B-town must. The problems begin to surface when SRK’s past begins to impinge on the couple. There is a twist right before the interval that will leave you glued to the seat. Full dhamaka, I say.
Performances make the film imminently watchable. SRK, as Raj, does what he does best --- romances his leading lady with ease, beats the hell out of his rivals while playing the ideal brother to Varun. Of course, how can there be another Dilwale sans the leading lady of the original? Kajol, as effortlessly spontaneous as ever, has a relatively shorter role than what you would have expected. Varun Dhawan’s comic timing will make you sit back and take note. Kriti Sanon does a reasonably good job of her role. The other members of the cast are all armed with funny scenes and dialogues. One of the best things about the film is that all the other characters are fleshed out to keep the comic element up. It may sound a little audacious but Rohit Shetty’s favourite Sanjay Mishra, who plays a buyer of stolen goods, is even funnier than the amazing Johnny Lever.
The music does justice to the ethos of the film. The songs are well-paced, except for Daayre, and contribute to strengthening the romantic quotient of the film. The background music is haunting and somehow reminded me of the Om Shanti Om theme. The soulful music is complemented by the breathtaking locales. The film is (obviously) set in Goa, Rohit Shetty’s favourite destination, and Bulgaria. The latter, alongwith Iceland where the song Gerua is shot, gives you some awe-inspiring visuals on the big screen.
Moments make for great memories in a Rohit Shetty film, and so some scenes deserve a special mention. The five-minute speed dating between Shah Rukh and Kajol is interesting, while the one where Mukesh Rishi and Pankaj Tripathy narrate the Shah Rukh-Kajol back story is deeply engaging.
If entertainment is why you go to the theatres, then Dilwale will not disappoint you. The ending, however, is likely to receive applause only from the die-hard SRK fans. In all, it is a great family film with a comical spin on the timeless, Romeo-Julietesque love stories. Watch Dilwale, you won’t regret!
Mukherjee is content head, Zee Aflam and Zee Cinema International