‘Dilwale’ had everything going for it, Rohit ‘The Hit Machine’ Shetty as the director, return of the evergreen SRK-Kajol duo, a flamboyant Varun Dhawan and every bit of media hype and promotion. And yet, Dilwale proves that even the best ingredients cannot ensure a tasty dish.
The movie revolves around a tried, tested and perhaps tired Bollywood formula of lovers meeting, separating and then meeting again for a happy ending. Raj (Shahrukh Khan) is a car modeller and designer and an overprotective elder brother. Of course under his seemingly moderate lifestyle is a dangerous past where he used to be in mafia gang under the alias ‘Kali’. Kali falls in love with Meera (Kajol) who turns out to be connected to a rival gang. Sparks fly and the duo gets separated bitterly.
After 15 long years, Raj’s brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) falls in love with Ishita (Kirti Sanam) who happens to be the younger sister of none other than Meera (surprise, surprise). Raj is forced to go back to his olden ways after a gang leader called ‘King’ gets Veer beaten up. If you have not guessed what happens next, a lot of fighting and flying cars happen. Veer and Ishita are finally able to patch things up between Raj and Meera and everyone lives happily ever after.
the problem with this movie is that the same cast and storyline would probably have been a blockbuster in 1995, perhaps even in 2005, but this is 2015. The Gen X and Gen Y of today are looking beyond chemistry, romance and action, they are looking for a compact script that tells a good story. And that is where Dilwale bombs. Its story line is a mishmash of almost every other mainstream masala movie storyline released since the 1960s.
Shahrukh and Kajol look spectacular in the movie and they do justice to the script no matter how shoddy it is. Varun Dhawan proved in the limited space why he is considered one of the future stars of Bollywood. The comedy of Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever was one of the highlights of the movie. Amar Mohile’s music is soothing and you will hum the tunes of ‘Janam Janam’ and ‘Gerua’ for sure. So our final verdict is, this movie is a one time watch if you are die hard SRK-Kajol fans. Otherwise, save yourself 2 hours and 38 minutes of yawning.
The ULPNET Verdict: (4.5 / 10)