Picture Post-Mortem: Dilwale

I didn’t let the trailer influence me. I let go of the songs believing them to be Pritam’s assistant at work. But then I was depressed seeing the negative reviews of Dilwale. Depressed because I had booked the tickets in advance. I had to go, and so I went.

The film had a lot of hype going for it. It was everywhere. NASA has also apparently claimed to find traces of Dilwale on Mars. Lifeless traces though.

The film opens with Shah Rukh Khan, who owns a garage in Goa and modifies cars. Hence you see a lot of Dilip Chhabria modified cars, throughout the film. In fact the cars have got more screen-time than all the actors combined. The other central actors include Varun Dhawan (duly trained by Darsheel Safary for the role) who plays Shah Rukh’s brother, Kajol (in her 375th ‘come-back’ film) playing Shah Rukh’s love interest, Kriti Sanon (duly trained by a street lamp for the role) playing Shah Rukh’s brother’s love interest.

Dilwale has a very damp start. Fifteen minutes into the film, I was already feeling uneasy at the unoriginal acting (Shah Rukh included), bad comedy and garish sets. With almost 2 hours 15 minutes still to go, I crossed my fingers tighter.

In hindsight, the song ‘Gerua’ was prophetic. The team spent so much time and effort shooting in Iceland, in difficult locations – and then they screwed it all up in the edit, overdoing the colors and doing away with the genuine emotions and ‘soul’ of the act. The film suffers from the same.

Dilwale has avoidable songs that jump into an already botched narrative. The comedy is Rohit Shetty style slapstick, in-your-face, and occasionally quite crass. The action is quite over the top, yet I found them quite classy. Yes I did.

15 more minutes passed. And my hope revived.

Dilwale shifts to a flashback with younger, much more air-brushed Shah Rukh and Kajol. The action shifts to Bulgaria where Shah Rukh is a gangster, and falls in love with Kajol. Then with a few turn of events, they go apart. The flashback has some brilliant acting, thanks to Senior Citizen quota brilliantly applied by Kabir Bedi and Vinod Khanna.

I believe if the film could’ve just focused on the major story of SRK-Kajol, it could’ve turned out better. But sadly, it doesn’t. Blowing up cars is now history for Rohit Shetty. This time he blew up an entire film. Bam!

The film has some genuinely funny moments with Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Pankaj Tripathi. Sadly, Johhny Lever and Boman Irani get wasted, royally, and ironically become the laughing stock for doing this movie.

This is a better product than Chennai Express. That said, this must be a consolation for Rohit Shetty, but Shah Rukh should really introspect. This is not his brand.

I sincerely hope all Shah Rukh fans come together and ensure this film doesn’t turn out to be a success. It would save everybody’s future – Cinema’s, yours, and especially Shah Rukh’s.

Hum Tolerant Kya Huye, Filmein Bakwaas Hogayin.

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