Picture Post-Mortem: Kill Dil

I have seen it before, that’s the general feeling reverberating in your heart while sitting through Kill Dil. Directed by Shaad Ali, the movie goes from a roaring Royal Enfield to a hazy Hero jet in around 2 hours of runtime. Ranvir Singh tries to save the show with his over-the-top antics, Ali Zafar stays graceful, Parineeti does something, and Govinda gives a fitting negative portrayal.

In the movie, Ranvir (Dev) and Ali (Tutu) are found as infants in the heap of garbage. Govinda, the Bhaiyya ji, finds them and brings them home. Slowly the kids start to grow while running through the streets in slow-motion sepia-tinged scenery. Govinda gets them a target, which they meet, read ‘kill’. This analogy is actually funny when used by Ranvir in the movie, while introducing Ali and himself to Parineeti (Disha).

The story gets a twist when Ranvir falls in love with Parineeti and wishes to be an ‘Aadarsh Baalak’ for the sake of their relationship. Ali gets confused. Govinda gets sarcastic.

Ranvir, unable to pull the trigger, buries his gun just like he buried his books when he was a kid and ‘Achhai se mann bhar gaya tha.’ Future archaeologists have a lot of digging to do. Mr. Ali Zafar Moustachewale stands in the background in a black leather jacket, upset and gloomy. All shareef and sanskaari, Ranvir then goes to Alok Nath, to find a job in his insurance firm. He gets it. Parineeti has been sprinkled around, swaad-anusaar.

In fact, Royal Enfield and Delhi Metro get more screen-time than Parineeti Chopra. She rehabilitates criminals to lead decent lives. I don’t know how that pays for a Ferrari, a birthday outing to Pune and random hi-fi eating outs.

The movie has an overall dated feel. The story has been told and experimented with, a lot of times. The songs have melodies of the time when Babul Supriyo, Kumar Sanu were getting paid. The kitschy, loud scenes with Tarantinous background score gives you a hint how to perceive the movie, as a package.

Gulzar precedes a few songs in ‘Kill slash Dil’. The baritone adds weight to the songs, but abrupt it sounds. The songs are catchy and enjoyable, and they do their bit to sustain you through.

Kill Dil feels like a rehashed version of certain movies made decades ago, which also doesn’t deliver on the promises of the trailer. It is a good snack, but not meaty enough to satiate the hunger. It might just kill your dil.

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