Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Mukesh Tiwari, Varun Sharma, Johnny Lever, Kabir bedi, Vinod Khanna, Boman Irani
Director: Rohit Shetty
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol coming together after a long hiatus is a big event. Add to that Rohit Shetty (who turned in a distinctive box-office winner with ‘Chennai Express’) supported by SRK’s Red Chillies might and you get a much bigger event at the cinemas. Unfortunately unrelated controversies have plagued the film of late and there’s been a discernible dimming in audience enthusiasm.
But SRK and his team have left no stone unturned to get his film the best possible returns at the box office. The heavy-duty marketing plays no mean role I must say but eventually it is the film itself that makes all the difference.
‘Dilwale’ is basically an attempt to recreate the SRK-Kajol magic of yore and it’s brought about with a great deal of smarts. While SRK and Kajol assay the role of the older lovers Raj and Meera, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon lend freshness to the younger pairing of Veer and Ishika. Randheer (Vinod Khanna) a mafia don, is Raj and Veer’s father while Mallick (Kabir Bedi) another don , at war with Randheer, is Meera and Ishika’s father.
Supporting characters take up some space while comediennes Varun Sharma, Johnny lever, Sanjay Mishra and Boman Irani add wit and weight to the enterprise. There’s no doubt this is a purely commercial exercise at filmmaking with all the ingredients that add up to an entertainer. The story is convoluted and contrived and the dramatics are pretty much conveniently arranged in between stunts, break-ups and vehicular action.
The colour scheme is childishly colourful. Everyone looks attractive and there are a few playful riffs to the past that are engineered with great style and panache. ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’ and ‘Fanaa’ appear to be the most obvious inspiration while ‘Barsaat’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ and a few other 80’s offerings appear to have influenced the song picturisations.
This is definitely not an original effort, neither does it have any distinctive aspiration. All it does is play-up the familiarity and charm by getting the right mix of actors, events and humorous moments together. A masala entertainer for sure… but certainly not memorable.