Dilwale,Big on bling

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Dec 2015 11:00:50



By Farina  Salim Quraishi;

Dilwale has everyone doing what they are best known for. It has the King of Romance, Shah Rukh Khan, falling and fighting for love like no other, master of popcorn cinema, Rohit Shetty pulling out all stops at being commercial and the powerhouse of talent, Kajol scorching the screen everytime she appears. But despite all the ‘best’ efforts, Dilwale is hardly the best offering its protagonists can boast of. It’s more of a colourful and commercial cocktail of several iconic movies put together, making it high on style but low on novelty. However, if you can say goodbye to those grey cells of yours and are in the mood for some lighthearted, mindless fun, you are sure to get your ticket’s worth and then some more.
Dilwale begins on a colourful note, in the most colourful garage, you are ever likely to see, in Goa. Veer (Varun Dhawan) is pulling off some ‘fast and furious’ driving behind the wheels of a high-end modified car. Perpetually on the lookout for a pretty dame and living in awe of his Bade Bhaiyya Raj (Shah Rukh Khan), Veer is making a car delivery when he sees a a distressed, Ishita (Kriti Sanon). One look at Ishita’s long legs and all Raj Bhaiyya’s gyan against girls, flies out of the window. Veer and Ishita meet, greet and soon fall in love. But their love express comes to a grinding halt the moment Ishita’s elder sister Meera (Kajol) meets Raj. Meera and Raj have some unfinished business from the past.
Heirs of rival gangs operating in Bulgaria, Meera and Raj’s father are locked in a bitter turf war. After a chance meeting, the tough-as-nails gangster, Raj aka Kali falls hook, line and sinker for the ‘mild’ and mesmerising Meera. Just as the duo are ready for a happily forever after moment; guns boom, blood flows, dead bodies pile up and dreams are shattered, forcing Meera and Raj to chart different courses in life.  
With both elders mum about their shared history, Veer and Ishita start chalking out plans to reunite the warring hearts. So do Raj and Meera get over their past for the younger lovers or does their hatred towards each other disrupt the ‘best laid plans’, is what the rest of the movie all
Commercial to the core, Rohit Shetty films are no works of art, often with the story being the weakest link. Dilwale is no exception. The story is sloppy and inconsistent with glaring loopholes. Also the plot lines, which are copied (err inspired) from quite a few films stand out like sore thumbs. References the widest range of movies like Chalti ka Naam Gaadi Hum, PS: I love You, Love Actually and How I Met Your Mother give the feeling of ‘been there, seen that’ pretty often.
Even the stunts - cars leaping high in the air and huge action scenes, Shetty’s forte - are far from original. After giving ‘car action’ new life and meaning in Hindi films, lifting a chase scene, frame-to-frame from Mission: Impossible II is just not done, Mr Shetty! And what’s with the multi-colour sets? Every colour in the spectrum seems to have been stuffed into every set. It’s a distraction more than an attraction, really.
With Rohit Shetty calling the shots, one expects mega entertainment. It is there, but only in bits and parts. The other integral ‘C’ of Rohit Shetty films after cars, i.e. comedy does make you chuckle inspite of yourself. The crazy one-liners by Sanjay Mishra as Oscar Bhai are hilarious. The funniest sequence of Dilwale comes in when Raj’s Man Fridays reveal their boss’ past to Veer and Ishita. The dialogues abounding in pun, however, are unfunny most of the times.  
The musical love story has a few things going for it. The electric chemistry of the lead pair, Shah Rukh and Kajol, being in the forefront. It is palpable, and boy, does it simmer and sizzle! Dilwale goes on to prove that it is not for nothing that the coming together of SRK and Kajol is most anticipated. Their shared glances and unspoken words weave a powerful magic. The pairing is now an older, air-brushed version of their earlier days but engrossing nevertheless. The music complements the movie beautifully and picturesque Gerua is outstanding.
Among the cast, Shah Rukh lights up the screen with this presence and looks good in his bearded avatar. He brings depth and substance to a badly written role. His overwhelming charisma often blanks out the inane banalites of the film. Whether he is romancing Meera, playing the big brother or kicking up a storm as Kali, SRK does it all with panache. Kajol looks beguilingly beautiful. Her contagious smile and huge eyes are a delight and she matches SRK move for move. Varun Dhawan, however, has taken a few steps backward after Badlapur and hams his way as the stereotypical enthusiastic younger brother. Kriti Sanon looks radiant but has little to do. Other actors, including Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Boman Irani, Mukesh Tiwari, Pankaj Tripathi, Johnny Lever and Varun Sharma are effective.
All in all, with a highly predictable storyline and crammed with formulic ingredients of a Rohit Shetty film - Goa, cars overturning, fast-paced action and coloured sets, Dilwale is strictly for those looking for dance, drama and dramatics only. Others expecting more need to stay away.  

The Hitavada Rating : ♣ 1\2