It is easy to describe a Rohit Shetty film – hare brained plot, slapstick comedy, unreal sets, bright colour, lots of cars flying in air. Dilwale has all of these and a new slant for a Shetty film – romance. He has tried to create the old Shahrukh – Kajol magic but the magic is old and so are the lead pair. Many of the youngsters today were not even born when Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge was released, so they may not share the enthusiasm of a 40-something year old for the lead pair. The older generation, on the other hand, probably has moved on from films where you leave your brains outside the theatre.
So the story starts in Bulgaria where both Raj (Shahrukh) and Meera (Kajol) belong to warring mafia families (I must say it will be hard to find one, leave alone two, Indian mafia family in Bulgaria). Raj goes soft after meeting Meera and the movie has a prolonged courtship narrative, though not quite believable. Anyway, there’s a twist in their relationship which forces them to go their separate ways and leaves Raj dejected. He leaves his mafia ways behind and moves to India, running a car garage and car remodel business while Meera runs a shack in Goa.
Meanwhile, Shahrukh’s brother Veer (Varun Dhawan) and Meera’s sister Ishita (Kriti Sanon) fall in love oblivious to their older siblings’ past romantic connection.
Rohit Shetty has ripped off from various Hollywood movies and even from the TV show “How I met your Mother”. I fail to understand why filmmakers spend so much money and ignore the script completely. If the audience want to watch action, they can easily get a more lavish gripping action in imported movies like Fast and Furious. Maybe Shetty is sticking to the tried and tested formula that has worked so far.
Shahrukh lends credibility to an incredulous script. His fans will get all they expect from his films. Kajol is decent, though at some places it appears she is trying too hard. What struck me was our propensity to make our leading men look pretty. Hollywood (who Shetty is clearly “inspired” from) keeps it leading men rough and grimy especially in an action movie. Our leading men look like they have come straight from the parlour. Of the supporting cast, Sanjay Mishra as Oscar stands out.
Being a Shahrukh Khan film, it will no doubt mint crores but Dilwale is no Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
Rating : 2/5
Starring: Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon
Director: Rohit Shetty