Release Date: 18 December 2015
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever
Directed by: Rohit Shetty
Produced by: Rohit Shetty, Gauri Khan
Story: Yunus Sajawal
Music by: Pritam Chakraborty (songs), Amar Mohile (background score)
Duration: 2 hours 34 minutes
Genres: Drama, Action, Romantic Comedy
Censor Rating: U/A
About the Movie Dilwale
Dilwale is a sheer treat for people in love with masalathons. It is a steaming broth of love seasoned with humour, drama and revenge. A few heavyweight punches and blazing luxury cars serve as the garnish. Ask me, and I would say it is a must watch for the lead stars. The chemistry between Shah Rukh and Kajol and Rohit Shetty’s selection of exotic locales lend credibility to the otherwise un-unique storyline. So what if the plot is one that has been tried and tested and again tested and re-tested over centuries! Wine is wine and when old wine is served in a new glitzy bottle, it definitely has to be tasted. Try it for the love-hate relationship between Bollywood’s most romantic pair and the blossoming love between Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon, if not the funny one-liners and ridiculously comic PJs.
The story opens with Veer (Varun) and Ishita (Kriti) being lovey-dovey about their newfound love. Cut to the seemingly third date, the cute couple decides to inform their families and the audience gets to know about Veer’s elder brother Raj/Kali (Shah Rukh) and Ishita’s sister Meera (Kajol). The encounter sees two former sweethearts crossing paths which in turn brings to light dark instances and an array of memories that have been bottled up for 15 years. Here on, the movie oscillates between the past and the present. The past paints the characters as grey and is replete with stuff like blowing up of cars and showering of bullets that make Rohit Shetty beam with euphoria. In contrast, the present day Raj and Meera are sorted and matured elder siblings. Watch to know if Kali and Meera manage to get over their past.
Performances in the Film
To be honest, it is because of the acting that the movie makes a mark. Kajol essays the character of Meera well, especially in the emotional scenes. The dark side to her character is a pleasant surprise for the masses and she awes with her fatalistic high-pitched laughter. But her chirpiness as the younger Meera is a bit irritating.
Raj was, is and will always be the true blue lover boy. It is the grown, matured and subdued Raj, the troubled lover waiting to clear the misunderstanding with the woman of his dreams, who strikes a chord. King Khan takes full advantage of the two time periods and characters to woo his fans. He looks immensely handsome with the scruff.
Varun Dhawan does his bit as the loving and sincere chota bhai. His comic timing is excellent. Kriti looks good opposite Varun and plays her part well.
But you should look out for Boman Irani (King) playing a Mafioso. This powerful drug dealer, however, is often taken on a joy ride by Johnny Lever. You will surely be entertained seeing Irani straddle between both characters. Sanjay Mishra’s stupendous performance lends an edge to the generally monotonous movie.
Yunus Sajawal has tried to incorporate several twists and turns but that does not quite add to the plot. The story is essentially about the romance between two people belonging from two warring families and how they go about resolving the differences. It is through high-strung action sequences and use of magnificent locales that Rohit Shetty adds charm to the pretty predictable tale.
The Music of Dilwale
Music in any Shah Rukh-Kajol movie has always been a charmer. It isn’t any different with Dilwale. Released on Sony Music India, the film boasts of melodious as well as peppy numbers by Pritam Chakraborty. The lyrics have been penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The romantic numbers like “Janam Janam” and “Daayre” eulogize the beauty of emotions, while the dance tracks like “Manma Emotion Jaage” celebrate life and its various facets. “Tukur Tukur” brings about some chaos in this musical order with its crazy lyrics and quick beats. “Premiks”, on the other hand, has an addictive refrain. However, it’s “Gerua” that gets the brownie points for its music, lyrics and picturization.
Details of songs in the movie:
Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra
2. “Manma Emotion Jaage”
Singers: Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda, Antara Mitra
3. “Janam Janam”
Singers: Arijit Singh, Antara Mitra
4. “Tukur Tukur”
Singer: Arijit Singh, Kanika Kapoor, Neha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz, Siddharth Mahadevan
Singer: Arijit Singh
Singers: Benny Dayal, Kanika Kapoor
7. “Theme of Dilwale (DJ Chetas)”
Singer: Arijit Singh
9. “Gerua (Instrumental)”
The highlights of the movie are the power-packed and emotionally enervating Kajol-Shah Rukh pairing and the comic timing of actors like Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever. The exotic locales and jaw-dropping action sequences are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Lots of drama awaits you!
Bordering on lengthy, the trite-yet-dramatic plot cannot be fathomed with logic. Leave your brains outside the theatre, if you wish to enjoy the movie to the fullest. These apart, please ignore the few frame-by-frame borrowings from other films that stick out like a sore toe.
Verdict: This movie is a must watch for being a true Bollywood potboiler.
Dilwale Rating: ***
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