Bringing back the most-loved Jodi of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together, the film does not accomplish in capturing their epic romance. The comic capers start to fall apart soon thanks to their repetitive flavor.
Watch or Not?: For those who love to sit back and enjoy movies, this one could entertain you. I couldn’t thoroughly enjoy the film because of its highly predictable storyline. Although for all Rohit Shetty fans, this is another out and out commercial film that they would enjoy.
The story revolves around Meera (Kajol) and Raj (Shah Rukh Khan) who belong to two Mafia families having conflicts. Operating in Bulgaria, both Meera and Raj meet in a chance encounter that soon leads to them falling in love. The duo then go on a date that is corny enough, consisting of flowers, ice-creams, dinner and a dance. But, then there is a major twist heading our way.
Just when you think love is in the air, guns are fired, blood is flown and soon the two lovers are forced to find separate ways. Strangely, both Meera and Raj have younger siblings who are oblivious of their pasts. Veer (Varun Dhawan) is Raj’s charming younger brother where as Ishita (Kriti Sanon) is Kajol’s younger sister.
15 years later, the ‘adhoori kahaani’ of Raj and Meera comes back to haunt them when their siblings Veer and Ishita fall in love with each other as they now stay in the same town.
Raj after leaving his mafia business is now a car re-model and garage guy where as Meera owns a shack in Goa. (Yeah! A little far fetched how both move all the way from Bulgaria to Goa!)
Will Raj and Meera get over their past for their siblings? Will they rekindle their love as well is what the film further unfolds.
What does every Rohit Shetty film have? The two Cs (Cars and comedy). Although Dilwale is not exactly flooded with that. In fact, I would say, with this film, Shetty moves on to the drama much more. The film has conflict, romance and heart-break, something you would not expect in his film.
The dialogues are chirpy and typically Sajid-Farhad but after a point they don’t work much. Sanjay Mishra who plays the character of Oscar gets the best comic one-liners where he keeps rhyming his lines with brands.
The rest of the story minus its action scenes, rips off quite a lot of stuff from Hollywood. In fact the reason I could not enjoy Shah Rukh and Kajol’s love story is mainly because most of their romantic scenes are blatantly copied from films like Love Actually and P.S I Love You. If that was any less, they even ruined my favorite How I Met Your Mother scene where Ted takes Stella on a 5 minute date by recreating it.
Being a concoction of all genres, Dilwale gets its dose of Bollywood drama by getting inspiration from films like Hum where the ‘Do Bhai’ card comes handy. In fact in one of the scenes, the makers even try to replicate a Pyaar Ka Punchnama monologue and it falls completely flat.
Shah Rukh Khan looks hot in his bearded avatar and for many, that could only be the selling point of the film. He pulls off the character of Raj with much ease and performs exceptionally well in the action scenes where he shows a lot of agression. He even gets a Shahenshah type entry in one of the scenes as he walks out of a door with a dark shadow. His extreme comfort with Kajol is quite visible in the romantic scenes.
Kajol is back after a hiatus of five years and well, she not just looks a little different but acts too. It seems the gap has got the actress a little out of touch and hence in certain scenes, she seems too artificial. Although, peculiarly when her character has a major twist in the first half, she comes off as extremely charged up.
Varun Dhawan may have given a breakthrough performance with Badlapur but in Dilwale he seems to be back in his Student Of The Year and Main Tera Hero Days. His comic timing is good but he fails to excel in any particular scene in the film.
Kriti Sanon is just a pretty face in Dilwale.Other than looking Ms. Perfect she does not have much to do.
Varun Sharma as Siddhu is Varun Dhawan’s sidekick. His comic timing is as always bang on.