*ing - Shahrukh Khan, Kajol Devgan, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Boman Irani, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Sanjay Misra, Pankaj Tripati
In Bollywood there is always place for brain-dead movies, and directors like Rohit Shetty, Farah Khan etc take full advantage of that. They rope in power packed cast and then puts just about anything... anything on the screen and the audience fall victim but the film does well in the box office because of the star cast. Dilwale which released among few social media comments calling for a boycott because of Shahrukh's intolerance comment, too falls in that category of pathetic brain dead movies with an envious cast. In hindsight, boycotting the movie would have been a better idea.
Veer Bakshi (Varun Dhawan), a happy go lucky guy lives with his brother Raj (Shahrukh Khan, of course it had to be Raj!) who comes around as a pious soul. Veer flirts and falls in love with Ishita Malik (Kriti Sanon). On an occasion, Veer fights the goons of local don, King (Boman Irani) and they beat him back when he is not expecting it. This makes Raj, go back to his history of violence. In flashback, Raj is actually Kaali, the adopted son and the go to man of the Indian don settled in Bulgaria (really? an Indian Don in Bulgaria?), Randhir Bakshi (Vinod Khanna). Randhir Bakshi's rival don is Dev Malik (Kabir Bedi), another PIO don. Kaali meets Meera (Kajol) and falls in love with her. There is a twist here and whether both the pairs unite or not forms the movie.
Coming to think of it, there are no much positives about the film. The lead pair did ok, the chemistry is not as good as it was in DDLJ, but it is there. As said already, the direction is almost non-existent. There is no thought process involved in the movie - nada! The director has taken a few scenes here and there (including MI-2) and stitched it into one movie and the result is a disastrously bad movie. Rohit Shetty likes to blow up cars and this being a love story, he has mellowed down on rolling cars. It is still there in a couple of places.
Shahrukh Khan and Kajol have given a decent performance, their usual self nothing extra ordinary but nothing to complain either. Kajol still looks pretty. Varun Dhawan who had given a promising performance in Badlapur, has totally overdone the acting. Can't really blame him, such is the story and screenplay. Boman Irani is made a cartoon in the movie and he is totally wasted in the movie (wasted as in rubbished and not as in "drug wasted", which is his business in the movie). Kriti Sanon looks good but gives a forgetful acting performance. Then there are many good actors who are totally under utilized in the movie - like Pankaj Tripathi, Mukesh Tiwari and Sanjay Mishra. The idea behind Johnny Lever's character is unknown. Varun Sharma as Veer's best friend Sidhu, gives an infuriatingly bad performance.
In the technical aspects, there is nothing much to say except about the cinematography by Dudley. He has captured the beauty of Bulgaria and Iceland in an aesthetically pleasing way. Screenplay by Yunus Sajawal is convoluted, dialogues by Sajid-Farhad are as amatuerish as it can get, editing by Bunty Nagi is non-existent. Music by Pritam Chakraborty and BGM by Amar Mohile have nothing much to talk about. The worst of all is the art direction, everything that is a set looks cartoonish
Verdict: If you watch the movie, definitely put a status in social media that you are tolerant. And the sane heads keep away from the movie
2/102, 2015, Hindi, Rating, Review, Year