To begin with, let me clarify:
- I am a Rohit Shetty fan. The kind of films he makes has generous amounts of humour coupled with some suave action moves, absolutely thrilling car stunts and a dash of romance – perfect recipe for a complete family entertainer!
- I have forever loved the timeless jodi of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol
- Varun Dhawan – he’s so cute and talented. Absolute fan!
These three are the main reasons I was excited to watch Dilwale. So what if the trailer was a tad bit disappointing, I was hoping that the movie turns out to be better, and I come out of the theatre smiling, wondering when will I watch the film again. But, alas! My hopes…!
So, what’s the story? Raj (yes, you guessed it right! SRK) is a man with a criminal past, about which his younger brother Veer (Varun) has no clue. Veer is in love with Ishita (Kriti), the sister of Meera (Kajol) who, unbeknown to the young couple, is Raj’s ex-lover. So, when Meera comes to know of Ishita’s relationship with Raj’s younger brother, she tells Ishita to stay away from them, but on seeing her younger sister’s broken heart, Meera agrees to the alliance, but on one condition – Veer should leave his brother and stay with them.
So, you see… the trailer did actually explain the story. But the few things that were puzzling there is clarified in the movie – more so, why does Raj tell Meera, “Aaj ke baad mujhe apna chehra mat dikhana; jaan le loonga.” The biggest “secret” in the movie is actually one of the most important links in the story, which the makers chose not to show in the trailer. A grave mistake, must say! Anyway, the story, as we all predicted, involves bringing the ex-lovers back together so that the young lovers can get married too.
One of the biggest USPs of a Rohit Shetty film is the humour; but sadly, in Dilwale, there are a few scenes wherein you will smile or LOL for a second or two; but ROFL moments, there are none. There are a lot of issues with the screenplay. The 155-minute long movie could have been shorter if Rohit would have done away with forced “comedy” scenes that failed to evoke laughter whatsoever.
Rohit Shetty has created a niche for himself in the industry by making family entertainers. But this one is an unpleasant mishmash of a lot of uncooked ingredients. Eventually, what you get is a movie that disappoints. Director of Photography, Dudley, has done a good job at cinematography, more so the scenic long shots. Editing could have been better, and the movie at least 20-25 minutes shorter.
Out of the four leads in Dilwale, Kajol has done the best job. Not even once will you see her trying to be Meera. Even Varun Dhawan was good at his job. Be it comedy scenes, action, romantic or drama, Varun was engaging. Kriti was okay; the script didn’t challenge her skills so that she could prove her acting prowess. It was disheartening to see a talented superstar like SRK overact throughout the movie. However, his voice did pack a punch. The supremely talented Boman Irani was wasted, while Johny Lever appeared only to add that comedy factor ala 1990s. Sanjay Mishra was repeating what he did in earlier Rohit Shetty flicks.
Dilwale Movie Review Final Verdict:
Unless you are a hardcore fan of any of the people involved in the movie, you aren’t really missing anything if you decide to give Dilwale a miss. But knowing the fact that SRK has a humongous fan following, I won’t be surprised if this movie rakes in an impressive moolah at the box office, and turns out to be a blockbuster.
To begin with, let me clarify: I am a Rohit Shetty fan. The kind of films he makes has generous amounts of humour coupled with some suave action m...2.0